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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

How to Fashionably Wear Crochet Clothing


 Article by marcel285

Crochet Clothing Fashion
(You'll see my comments and opinions in blue)
Some people will think that crochet clothing is reserved for grannies and hippies, not so. (I amen that!) Crochet clothing and accessories can be unique and eye catching fashion, you just need to get the style right! Crochet comes in a wide variety of styles, ranging from tight knits to large floral patterns. Crochet fashions are not all that common, so you wont find them in a lot of retail stores. (This is not true anymore! I see crochet fashions everywhere-at least in America) The best place to get crochet clothing and accessories are from online stores that specialize in crochet fashion. The good thing about crochet fashion being so uncommon, is that you can be sure that where ever you go, no one will be wearing the same thing as you! Also I find crochet clothing a first resort for those times when I can't decide what to wear, and I want to look unique without a lot of effort!

Less is usually more when it comes to crochet clothing, or you might end up looking like you've been having a field day with Nana's knitting basket! (This is true - NO crochet from head to toe!) Although, you're more likely to look like a hippie from way back. (depends on what you are wearing) Crochet is more of a hippie look than anything, but a modern day hippie look, will look more attractive as opposed to looking like one who's stepped through a time warp from the 60's. Full crochet garments, like dresses, and long, large cardigans are what I'm referring too. Which is fine if you are in fact a hippie, and don't mind looking like you're living in the past, or outdated. (The retro look has been hot for the past 3-4 yrs and even more popular this year - 2012!) I'm assuming that's not a desirable look for most people, especially fashion savvy people. (ha, ha, ha!)

If you wear a crochet top or skirt, it's best to keep the rest of your outfit very simple. (right!) Refer to picture one, now that is an ideal balance for pulling off crochet clothing at it's finest. If you are wearing a crochet clothing item, don't accessorize with crochet accessories, such as a bag or a headband. This is likely to unbalance your overall look, and balance is important so that your crochet clothing is flattering on you. A little crochet, such as an applique around the neck cut of a dress or top, is ideal for a more feminine and delicate look. Also, it's one of the safest ways to wear crochet if you fancy it, but you're a tad afraid of it. If you like the look of crochet, but you're afraid it doesn't suit you, (This is so funny to me! Why be afraid to wear crochet?) introduce yourself to crochet fashion with a headband, or handbag. From there you can work your way into feeling comfortable in it, by then wearing clothing that feature crochet appliques, and then full garments.
Crochet cardigans are best suited to people of middle age. (LOL!) They can look great on older people, but tend to look a bit drab and unflattering on younger people, unless your experienced in crochet fashion wearing, and know what works for YOU and what doesn't. For younger people, (teens- 35's), a fitting over singlet of crochet, or a short crochet skirt will look best. I don't think that anyone should wear long crochet skirts, (I don't agree with this at all! I love long crochet skirts and they're SO in style now) (below the knee length), they look good on no one. Crochet skirts that are below the knee length, are quite frankly, too much crochet. Less is more, so keep crochet skirts at above the knee length.
Most of the time, don't wear a crochet top without anything underneath it! (I agree with this!) Generally crochet is quite revealing, wearing a top with a lot of holes is a no no, unless you're at the beach, or alone with you're lover. Unless of course, it's a tight knit crochet, which means that there are few- none eyelets in the garment.

 Crochet fashions are quite detailed and appealing, much like lace, and instantly, attention will be drawn towards the crochet detail of you're outfit. (Remember, no one has ever been able to produce crochet lace or any kind of crochet from a machine - like they have with knitting. That's one thing that makes crochet so unique)

If your a fan of bikinis, crochet bikinis look great, and a bit more spesh than your average bikini. Although, extreme caution should be taken if you choose to purchase crochet swimwear, as crochet fabrics tend to be heavy when wet. So, select a size that's a tad small, rather than too big, because it might sag when wet, revealing a bit more than you bargained for!
Crochet beanies and scarfs are a cozy, unique and fashionable way to accessorize for winter, and they will look good on everyone. Even better, when your stuck inside in the cold, huddled up next to the fire, you could make your own crochet! If you do so, making a scarf is an ideal way to start, (I tell all beginners that a scarf is the best thing to make for your first project. Of course I've had others, like my Romanian daughter-in-law, want to start with an intermediate Newsboy Cap. And she pulled it off! I kept saying "Are you sure you were never taught to crochet before?" The pattern used a stitch I had never done before in all my yrs of crocheting, and I even had to look it up online! She does knit though, but the night I taught her to crochet, she was litterly jumping up and down, saying "This is SO much fun! Why didn't you teach me to do this a long time ago?") as it is relatively simple, and if you make it yourself, you can choose your own colors.There are a massive variety of different stitches to create different crochet patterns, but for a scarf you can use a simple stitch and repeat the whole way through until your done.(There are many crochet stitch pattern books out there with 100's of different crochet stitches to choose from. I'll probably do a post with a list of those books soon)
Crochet is similar to knitting, and is made with yarn or thread. The advantage that crochet has over knitting is that knitting is done with wool, which tends to irritate the skin when in direct contact, causing itchiness and rashes, unlike crochet, which should suit most skin types fine. (Not sure what she means here - you can use any yarn with any type of fiber with knitting and crochet both! I prefer smaller weight yarns for crochet garments though, such as a DK wt, sport wt or fingering wt, because crochet is denser than knit)

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  1. That's quite an interesting article. When was it written and how old was the author? It does seem quite a bit outdated, although her intent was for good!
    xXx Helen

  2. I just looked at her original post and can't find a date anywhere. She started her blog 2 yrs ago so maybe the article isn't that old. I think she's from New Zealand.

  3. Very helpful suggestions that help in the optimizing topic,Thanks for your sharing.