By: Pragya Jhunjhunwala
In the 60s, crochet blossomed even further. Alongside crocheted miniskirts, flared dresses, and the other swinging fashions of the age, there was also a huge trend for crocheted homeware. This included – pillowcases, doilies, coasters, and even hammocks.
The ‘granny square’ also came into wider popularity. The simplicity of its design allows for several of these squares to be combined to make more complex patterns and designs. These can be used in making clothes, accessories, blankets, and honestly, a plethora of other articles. The possibilities are endless.
“The Woman’s Day Book of Granny Squares (Fawcett, 1975), a collection of granny-based designs, notes that grannies have been around for “as long as anyone can remember… Making colorful afghans by joining small squares,” the book’s introduction states, “is one of the most traditional and American forms of crochet.” So strongly was this style of crochet identified with the United States that in Europe, say the book’s editors, it was called American crochet. They attribute the popularity of grannies to their portability, simplicity, and the fact that they’re excellent vehicles for using up scraps of yarn and for experimenting with color combinations.”
THE LARGEST CROCHET BLANKET IN THE WORLD WAS MADE AS PART OF MANDELA DAY CELEBRATIONS IN 2015 – IT WAS A WHOPPING 3,133 SQUARE METRES.
Everyone wanted a square – even Clint Eastwood jumped on the trend! The 70s were full of fun, fashion, and disco. Crochet was integrated into all of these classic trends as well.
Metallic colors and woven accessories were a huge hit.
Macramé was all the rage in the 70s. Chains and slip stitches are used here to mimic a macramé appearance
Long sweaters with granny squares!
The flower headband was a staple in the early 70s.
Plaid in the 70s was loud, bright, and in your face.
The 80s continued to integrate crochet into everyday clothes and items. The granny square was still incredibly popular.
Then the 90s came along and brought us some unforgettable trends. Join us for our next article where we take a trip to one of the most iconic eras of fashion. Until then, stay safe and
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