There’s a white doily crochet pattern shirt hanging in my closet, right next to a multicoloured crochet crew neck top; both of which I have barely worn since purchasing them towards the end of last winter. I knew then that the crochet trend — one of the most talked about in fashion at present — was a thing, but had I looked even more closely I would have come to realise that it’s not merely another fashion trend. It’s one that has the potential to change perceptions about what constitutes luxury.
Crochet is an aspect of a trend that’s come to be known as “craftcore”. It’s one that also includes hand-knits, macramé, tapestries, tie-dye, quilting, and other traditional, homey techniques that have inspired a movement of sorts.
As early as 2020, a deluge of craft-based content began springing up on all corners of social media — YouTube, Tik Tok, Instagram, you name it. Crocheting and knitting had somehow shed the stereotype as a hobby for senior citizens, becoming a fad for younger generations, sharing the hobbies they were picking up as we were all locked away in our homes due to governments around the world ordering Covid lockdowns.