A Little Crush on Crochet

Seventies Yoyo

I really want to relive the seventies. Not so I can play groovy music while 'around-the-world'-ing my Yoyo, and not so I can play elastics (although that would be fun), watch Skippy or use a 'real' telephone.

What I want is to walk the streets wearing crochet!

Blue crocheted dress

Google '1970s crochet' and check out the frightfully lovable (although sometimes bordering on nauseating) items that may well have been adorning your wardrobe! I only ever had a few pieces, so the other week I ordered this exciting dress from @littlehouseofgems on depop, so I could re-experience the fun.

So where did crochet come from and what's the deal with the brightly coloured squares?

Crochet is a craft with no clear origin. The word is French for hook, but there is no certainty that the art began in France with its crochet lace. Other ancient forms of crochet, from other countries, include crochet adornments in South America and a tambour-style of crochet in China. By the mid-1800s crochet appeared well-established across the world, but was particularly notable in Ireland (and later America, following the Irish immigration) where men, women and children sold crocheted products to overcome the poverty created by the potato famine.

Crocheted tablecloth

Crocheted homewares, like this tablecloth, can be tasteful and timeless. 

My friend, Tonia, makes these great crocheted bags (below) for family and friends.

Crocheted shopping bag


A crocheted fabric is made by interlocking loops of yarn or thread, using a crochet hook. While the art of crochet involves a wide variety of different stitches, techniques, patterns and materials, the most recognisable crochet products to the layperson are items made from 'Granny Squares.' A Granny Square is an easy-to-make, stand-alone square of crochet that can be joined together with other Granny Squares or pieces of crochet to make rugs, clothing, handbags, beanies, toys and any number of other items. To create a Granny Square you start from the middle and work outward in rounds. Granny Squares featured prominently in the 1970s crochet fashion boom and there may well be 70s kids out there suffering post-traumatic stress after having been made to wear Granny Square dresses, tops and shorts in public. (But I love them.)


Crocheted scarfDa Loop currently has these two fab examples of Granny Square creations in stock.
Shop the scarf here, or the rug here.
And for more retro wonders, check out @crochet, including Alannah Miall, on depop.

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