Learn to crochet to use as a form of relaxation with Fibromyalgia

My life totally changed with Fibromyalgia and so I had to search for new methods of finding happiness. Initially, it was quite lonely, my life was from the couch which was very limiting so rather than sit and wallow in anger at Fibromyalgia I taught myself a new hobby.

2016 was a bad year pain wise, I had a massive fibro flare just after Christmas and it wiped me out for some time. I needed to find ways to alleviate boredom whilst also helping pain levels and would be calming rather than stressful.

For me, crochet is as beneficial as meditation. When in pain we hold our body rigid this intensifies the pain and tension in our shoulders and neck which can lead to migraines (another of my gifts from the chronic illness Gods)

Let's begin..

You will need a ball of double knit yarn to practice with and a 4mm crochet hook. Get yourself comfortable with pillows and have a watch of this video. This is the actual one which I learnt from, I would just keep on pressing pause till I got the hang of it.

Don't be too hard on yourself if you do not grasp it easily, I never! It really did take me a few days to master the stitch and even how to hold a crochet hook correctly. But I got there and so will you...

Two years on and I am still only able to make blankets but I find it so therapeutic. This month has been a flare month, filled with pain so I have really enjoyed doing my crochet and drinking tea.

This is the blanket I am working on, the colours reminded me of spring and Easter.

The yarn I use is from Wool warehouse, they deliver to my door and for all UK deliveries over £25 it is free delivery. The yarn arrives in a pretty net bag that keeps all my crochet clean and tidy as I progress through the blanket.

The yarn I am using for this blanket is Stylecraft Special DK £1.85 in colours
  • Greenage x2
  • Shrimp x1
  • Vintage Peach x1
  • Spice x1
  • Apricot x1
Total cost of yarn for this blanket is £11.10

I am using a 4mm crochet hook you can also purchase this at the Wool warehouse for £5.99 you can get them cheaper but I find the chunky plastic coated handles are much easier on my hand pain. 

In the evening I love laying in bed looking at other peoples crochet on Instagram. Oh wow, there are some really talented people out there who make amazing things. I have also found some friendly like-minded fibromyalgia crochet ladies there, just like me, they use crochet as a form of pain relief and relaxation.

Do you crochet to help you to relax with a chronic illness? Please comment and share your story in the comments of this blog, it really does inspire other ladies to have a go.

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Love and gentle hugs

Ness xx


  1. Great post. I have been crocheting since I was 5 so that has been for 52 years. Crochet and knitting help keep me sane when I'm experiencing a flare. May I suggest that you check out The Crochet Crowd. They are a wonderful group for crocheters, especially new ones. They have a web site and a Facebook group. They have wonderful videos for new stitches and projects.


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