Holey grail of the heatwave – crochet!

Holey grail of the heatwave — crochet!

  • The last time I considered crochet as a fashion choice, it was back in 1978
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The last time I considered crochet as a fashion choice, it was back in 1978. It was a long, hot summer in my birth city of Sydney, Australia, and you’d never see me in anything but my beloved blue-and-white striped crocheted bikini.

There was nothing of it — or me, to be fair — which was the point. Getting away with the bare minimum of cloth was the goal on those 40c days.

I would often emerge from the swimming pool to find that the two teeny triangles of the top had slid across my skinny little concave chest to meet in the middle.

Fortunately, an eight-year-old need not fear such modesty-threatening wardrobe malfunctions in the privacy of her own backyard. 

Crochet top, £49.99, and sandals, £49.99, zara. com; crochet printed skirt, £49, nobodys child. com

But how is it that the most hippy-ish of all hippy trends has exploded on to our High Streets this summer?

Apologies, but I need to invoke the C-word. Covid’s lockdowns prompted a new generation of young shut-ins to return to simpler activities with which to soothe their isolated boredom and anxious sense of doom.

Then, in 2021, Harry Styles really put a rocket up the hobby’s proverbial when he performed on U.S. TV show Today wearing a crocheted cardigan by hip British designer J.W. Anderson. The ensuing clamour of young crafties attempting to copy it — and swerve the £1,500 price tag of the real thing — sparked a viral movement on TikTok.

Then, earlier this year, TV mini-series Daisy Jones & The Six had 1970s style recapturing our hearts all over again.

Vest, £45, meandem. com; crochet skirt, £120, kitristudio. com; heels, £45.99, mango. com; crochet bag, £425, kate spade.co.uk

Crochet top, £250, and skirt, £295, katespade. co.uk; sandals, £329, lkbennett. com

Crochet jumper, £150, meandem. com; skirt, £108, freepeople. com; crochet clogs, £169, penelope chilvers.com; crochet bag, £12.99, zara. com

It’s fair to say it’s a trend that favours the snake-ish of hips. Willowy Riley Keough (who plays Daisy Jones) looks divine in a tiny crocheted slip dress. 

Skinny kiddie me could never have imagined the lumps and bumps her 50-something body would have to conceal. 

That said, there are plenty of forgiving takes on the trend to enjoy. Look at this delightful dress from Zara, with its beautiful colours, flattering length and ample, relaxed sleeves. 

Similarly, the Nobody’s Child skirt offers crochet and coverage. I love the quirky take of these cropped jeans with playful crochet motifs on the legs from Farm Rio.

And, as with most trends, you can do it ‘lite’ with accessories like this cute bag from M&S. There’s enough options for me to avoid a crochet bikini!

Crochet dress, £109, zara. com; sandals, £55.99, mango. com; bag, £65, whistles. com

Crochet dress, £119, and wedges, £139, mintvelvet. co.uk; crochet bag, £29.50, marksand spencer.com

Jacket, £350, and vest, £45, meandem. com; crochet jeans, £220, Farm Rio at liberty. co.uk; wedges, £24.99, hm.com

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