Over the past year of on-again-off-again lockdowns, I never caught corona. But I did catch the craft-bug, bad. *Enter crochet*. I turned to textiles as a way to release all the pent-up energy I accumulated after lounging on the sofa for months-on-end. Because let’s face it, lockdown is boring, and it’s honestly such a stimulating alternative to doomscrolling.
For those who don’t already know, crochet is a textile-making technique that uses a hook to interlock loops of yarn until a fabric is formed. Cotton or acrylic, layered in rows of double-crochets or rib-stitches, nothing is more satisfying than threading off a garment of your own making.
From the looks of it, big brands have also been picking up the crochet needle and thread. At
Miu Miu AW21.
It’s no secret that crochet is undergoing a full-blown renaissance, but why is everyone so obsessed with this crafty way to make a garment?
The simple fact is that for many designers such as Delsy Gouw of cult favourite crochet brand
Fun past-times aside, such skills can ooze with an immense sense of craftsmanship which propels a particular item from being denoted as simply crochet to something rather artful.
For me, channelling my creativity into crochet somehow felt not only relaxing, but gave me a sense of accomplishment – despite how much my hands hurt. There’s something about personal growth and self-care that stems from the art, and Matilde Linn from the brand
Ella Emhoff in Memorial Day.
But it’s not just the relaxing lul of repetitive loops that makes crochet such an industry obsession right now. By Raudberget’s guess, we’re smack-dab in the middle of the hippie revival, but it’s not so much about channelling the ‘flower power look’ of the sixities at all. Rather, it’s a ‘make love, not war’ mentality that comes to the fore.
Brooklyn-based Delsy Gouw of
According to the other eight crocheters I chatted with, this is a sustainable venture for the close-knit community. Linn explains that the pandemic brought a variety of issues into the light, in particular, sustainability and “the extreme need for more environmentally friendly alternatives”. Crochet being a slow craft that often makes use of organic and recycled materials, is an ideal substitute. But what’s really special about it is the fact that there is no such thing as a crochet machine. This means that all crochet garments have to be made by the human hand and over a period of time. “Crochet echoes a less industrial and fast-paced way of life,” adds Labossiere.
Olivia Szolack of the budding American brand
For most of these crafty creatives, an ever-increasingly high-demand for their pieces soon followed their start. Their DM’s filled up with commission requests and their inboxes were rife inquiries – quite quickly, their craft became a lucrative trade.
So, what’s in store for the future of crochet? According to Pasta Jesus, it’s “Peace, love and happiness.” We’re heading toward an era that allows us to slow down and consume less. A more connected lifestyle that lets us find a way to ourselves and to craftsmanship. If I have anything to say about it, the crochet craze is here to stay. So ready…set…get hooked.
Top and bottom images: 2 Much Pressure.