Get ready to learn about the latest crochet craze that’s taking the crafting world by storm! Meet Violet Ayrey, a 12-year-old crocheting prodigy who turned a mistake into a showstopping outfit. While crocheting a hexagon for a cardigan, Violet realized she had accidentally created a pentagon. But instead of unraveling her hard work, her quick-thinking mother suggested turning it into a shirt. And boy, are we glad she did! Violet paired her creation with a matching skirt and headband and wowed everyone at the Fashions on the Field event at the national crochet conference in Sydney.

This year’s crochet conference was the place to be for all those hooked on granny squares and bi-stitchuals alike. Conference organizer Samantha MacNally raves about the event, calling crocheting knitting’s “cool and funky little sister.” While both crafts are beloved, Martha Stewart claims that crocheting is the easier of the two. But seasoned crocheter Shelley Husband begs to differ, joking that Martha hasn’t tried one of her patterns.

So what makes crocheting different from knitting, you ask? Well, for starters, crocheting uses only a single hook to join loops directly onto the piece while knitting uses a pair of needles to form loops that are held on the needles. Plus, knitting can be done by machine while crocheting can only ever be done by hand. And while crochet used to be a purely practical clothing craft, it’s now evolved into a trendy and colorful form of artistry. From crochet bikinis to see-through dresses, it seems like everyone and their grandma is getting in on the grannycore trend.

Even celebrities have taken notice of this adored craft. Heidi Klum was recently spotted in a crochet dress in France, while Kylie Jenner loves a good see-through crochet dress. Singer Justin Bieber even went on a date wrapped in a giant crochet blanket. And political reporter Hamish Macdonald’s recent segment on crocheting for the ABC’s Radio National garnered such an intense reaction that the phone lines lit up.

But crochet isn’t just for fashion and aesthetics. In a 2020 University of Wollongong international study on “the effects of crochet on wellbeing,” which surveyed 839 participants from around the globe, researchers found that crochet can positively impact one’s mental health. And let’s not forget about Blossom, a 3D-printable robot designed to look like a little animal and cloaked in crochet skin. According to Guy Hoffman from Cornell University, the team wanted to create a robot using soft, warm materials instead of plastic and metal.

So the next time you pick up those hooks and yarn, remember that you’re not just creating something beautiful – you’re also contributing to a rich and vibrant community that values creativity, skill, and wellbeing.
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