When 12-year-old Violet Ayrey realised she had made a mistake in her crocheting, she could have easily given up. But instead, this determined girl decided to turn her pentagon-shaped garment into a shirt. And it’s a good thing she did because on Friday, Ayrey rocked the Fashions on the Field event at the national crochet conference in Sydney!
The conference was a gathering of crochet enthusiasts who came together to discuss the latest trends in the craft world. From granny squares to trendy ChatGPT designs, the conference was filled with people who share a passion for all things crochet.
Samantha MacNally, the conference organiser, described crochet as knitting’s “cool and funky little sister”. While both crafts have their own unique qualities, crochet requires a single hook to join loops directly onto the piece, while knitting involves a pair of long needles to form loops.
Shelley Husband, a crocheter who specialises in granny squares, joked that Martha Stewart must not have tried her patterns before calling crochet the easier craft. But despite any challenges, crochet has remained a popular hobby since the mid-1800s when it went beyond purely practical clothing craft.
Nowadays, celebrities like Heidi Klum, Kylie Jenner, Justin Bieber and Bella Hadid have all rocked crochet fashion in their own unique way. In fact, when Hamish Macdonald, a Walkley award winner and political reporter, discussed crochet on ABC’s Radio National, the phone lines lit up!
Crochet has even found its way into the tech world with the 3D-printable robot Blossom that’s covered in a crochet skin to give it a soft, warm feel. And in 2020, a University of Wollongong study found that crochet has positive effects on wellbeing.
It’s clear that crochet is more than just a craft; it’s an art form that’s constantly evolving. And thanks to talented individuals like Violet Ayrey, it’s never too late to turn a mistake into a masterpiece.