For Generation Z, the growing interest in crochet is mostly fashionled. With knitwear and crochet seeing a resurgence on the catwalk and high street, when Harry Styles donned a JW Anderson patchwork knit cardigan during a soundcheck for The Today Show, it sparked a TikTok knitting and crochet craze, as fans rushed to recreate Harryâ€™s look.
Student Natalie Turner says: â€œI came across crocheting on TikTok in November 2020. I had found a tutorial for making different granny squares to make a version of the iconic Harry Styles cardigan, but in my own colours. It was quite an ambitious project as I had never crocheted anything in my life, and had no equipment to start it, but I ordered some things straight away.â€
Natalie moved on to hats, sweaters and vests, even creating some patterns. â€œA friend and I have just launched an Instagram account â€“ @crochetqweens â€“ where we can share our projects.â€
Nancy Roberts-Smith, a 25-year old living in Bristol, works part-time alongside running her new crochet business (www.fancynancycrochet.co.uk), after first picking up a hook in May 2020. â€œI was drawn to crochet as I love making things with my hands and it seemed a very accessible hobby,â€ she says. â€œI have always loved fashion but have never been able to really get the hang of sewing, so crochet is a way to satisfy my desire to create clothing and accessories in a medium I understand.â€
Nancyâ€™s designs are bright and bold with fun motifs. â€œMy personal favourites are my daisy headbands as they took a while to perfect, and I think they are so cute â€“ and I havenâ€™t seen anything similar elsewhere.â€
Nancy says the handmade aspect of crochet really appeals to her age group. â€œI think the younger generation are becoming more aware of the damages of fast fashion. Creating your own garments is a great way to move away from that whilst also expanding your creativity.â€
Find Nancy on Instagram @fancynancy_crochet.