Posted on December 30, 2022
The trend cycle is notorious for moving quickly, especially in the digital age where the next big thing is always around the corner. But there are a few trends that have staying power and stick around from season to season. And a trend that rose to popularity in 2022 was crocheted clothes and it doesn't look like they're going anywhere in the upcoming seasons.
These stylish clothes make a traditional craft a little chicer. What's interesting is that true crochet can't be replicated by a machine the way that knitted garments are, according to Little World of Whimsy. There hasn't been a machine created that can replicate the complicated stitches of crochet. Dr. Gail Kenning says that "the free-flowing nature of the crochet technique and the dexterity needed to make crochet" is what is hard for a machine to capture.
The handmade element of crochet clothes only makes them more special. From sweaters and crop tops to skirts and dresses, there are plenty of chic and trendy options for crocheted clothing. And these pieces are stylish year-round, so you'll have plenty of ways to add them to your wardrobe.
In recent fashion shows, crochet was featured by many designers, so expect to see your favorite celebrities and stores highlighting these pieces in the coming seasons. Liane Wiggins of Matchesfashon Head of Womenswear says on The Zoe Report that "Elevated crochet will continue to gain momentum. [It was at] The Row and Gabriela Hearst, and Proenza Shouler's gold metallic crochet midi skirts, halter neck tops, and flared trousers were a highlight [of fashion week]." After being spotted on the high-fashion runways, it's a good sign these trends are here to stay.
Crocheted pieces are a great way to add texture, pattern, and color to an outfit. It can easily add a bohemian touch but can also look incredibly modern. To show off the texture and intricate stitches, brighter and pastel colors are better, according to Her Style Code. But that doesn't mean you can't find a piece in a low-key neutral. Matching sets of tops with skirts or shorts are a popular option for the summer. And layered cardigans and dusters are great for coolers weather.
Crochet is about to be everywhere, especially as the weather warms up. However, that doesn't mean you have to rush out and buy something designer right off the runway. One of the fun aspects of the crochet clothing trend is that anyone can participate in it by making their own garments. Crochet is a generally easy hobby to learn and a fairly inexpensive one to invest in. With the right materials and a few hours of your time, you'll be able to create some stylish crocheted looks of your own.
When making crocheted clothes, the right yarn makes all the difference. You want something that's easily washable, like cotton, wool, or some mixed-fiber yarns, suggests Joy of Motion Crochet. Keep these materials in mind when buying crocheted garments as well. Cotton and linen can be lightweight, which is great for summer, but they have a tendency to shrink if washed incorrectly. It's recommended to wash many crochet garments by hand to protect the integrity of the stitches. Now, let's get into some of our favorite ways to wear and style crochet fashion.
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