I have noticed quite a few retro-inspired crochet designs lately, and I have to admit that I’m loving them — puffed sleeved tops and even granny square garments. A few days ago, I mentioned Tangled magazine, whose current issue is themed “Modern Vintage.” Tangled states, “Tangled May be New, but Our Fall Patterns are Inspired by the Fashions of Times Past.”
Then there is the recently-released Knitting it Old School: 43 Vintage-Inspired Patterns* by Stitchy McYarnpants and Caro Sheridan which features modern interpretations of vintage crochet styles of the 1940s through the 1970s. This is not just a book of retro knitting patterns. There are also sewing and crochet patterns such as the Go-Go Granny dress by Maryse Roudier, which is reminds me of the granny square crochet dress which was worn by Cate Blanchett on the red carpet at the Screen Worlds event in Australia.
Although the designs in this book are vintage-inspired, they manage to look both retro and modern at the same time.
As I said before, I’m loving the resurgence, but some people don’t seem to be feeling the retro trend, especially the return of the granny square crochet garment. There is a long discussion on Ravelry about the Go-Go Granny dress called Granny Dress or “My Eyes!” where many people pulled no punches when it came to their opinions.
I don’t know if retro design is a passing trend, but I hope it sticks around for a while because I’m digging it.
Some of the current phrases about the latest resurgience of crochet are various forms of “it’s not your mother’s/grandmother’s/granny’s/mama’s/etc.’s crochet.” Everytime I hear or read them, I get this little twinge in the back of my neck and my spine crawls a little. Something rises up in me that makes me say (usually to no one because there’s no one around), “OH.YES.IT.IS!”
This crochet that you are doing IS your momma’s and your granny’s crochet. As a mother and a grandmother of four children, I say that my crochet is definitely au currant and relevant. And I’m sure the other “mature” crochets will tell you all the same. Ha!
Also, what was so wrong with the crochet of yesteryear? Seriously, it wasn’t all avocado green, board-stiff, acrylic, firehazards. A lot of it was and still is very stylish. Yeah, some of us have been crocheting since the 70s and before, and back then we made the best with that we were given to use. The fibers available today are astounding, and the availability of yarn, supplies, and information can now be found at the touch of a keyboard. We didn’t have all that back then.
When I look at old patterns, I see many that I would love to make right now. I’ve even bought a few of them. Vintage patterns are in demand right now. Extremely popular. Everyone wants to study the old techniques because they realize there is designing gold in those old patterns.
Let me sum this up by saying that all granny’s crochet from back in the day was NOT ugly nor old-fashioned. Please stop dogging granny’s crochet because I honestly believe if you give granny the yarns, tools, and resources that you have today, she’d crochet a cozy around your booties that would put your stuff to shame.