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14 vintage and handmade crochet pieces that give us instant summer vibes

This retro trend is back for SS21.

We’ve always adored crochet, so we couldn’t be more excited that it’s back for SS21.

Sustainable fashion used to be synonymous with beige, bamboo and, well, boring clothes – but as awareness of the damage fast fashion has on the environment grows, so too does colourful and unique eco-friendly clothing.

Founder of womenswear label Cro-che Tacita Brown claims that crochet is ‘one of the most planet positive ways of producing garments’ because it creates ‘zero to very little waste’ – and fortunately, it’s reemerging this summer.

As we’ve mentioned before, trends never disappear for long. Whether it’s ballet pumps, flared jeans or neon fashion, sooner or later they all make a reappearance – which makes keeping up with trends a little easier.

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There’s no need to throw away your old clothes as before long, they’ll be back in again (not to mention the fact there are plenty of ways to recycle your old garments).

Crochet first gained widespread popularity in the swinging sixties and throughout the seventies in both fashion and homeware, and the granny square took off.

Since then, crochet has continued to be a staple, with brands dedicated to the technique popping up in recent years and the look continuously appearing on the catwalk. As a result, there’s so many gorgeous vintage crochet pieces knocking around – and as the granny chic trend returns for SS21, there’s no excuse not to shop second-hand.

We’ve taken the hard work out of scouring the shops and found 13 vintage and handmade crochet pieces, so you can save the planet in style.

Reet Petite crochet dress

Handmade Reet Petite Dress, £205, Cro-che – buy now

TRUE HANDMADE with love granny square colorful crochet afghan image 2

Handmade Crochet Coat, £432.24, FantasiaSuperstar at Etsy – buy now

CROCHET VEST - M beyond retro

Vintage Crochet Vest in M, £18, Beyond Retro – buy now


Handmade Crochet Halterneck, £65, Anoirtak – buy now

Lulu Bucket Hat agmy

Lulu Bucket Hat, £160, Agmy Studio – buy now

This bucket hat from Agmy Studio, made from 100% Peruvian fine cotton, has been hand-crocheted over 22 hours.


Reworked Crochet Sweater Vest, £45, Rokit Originals – buy now

Product Image 1 - Hand crocheted granny square dress.

Handmade Granny Square Dress in size 8-12, £40, Leftover Threads – buy now

crochet patchwork trousers and top etsy

Handmade Crochet Trousers & Top, £180, Rainbowdropzcrochet at Etsy – buy now

Crochet Bag Granny Square Bag Rainbow Bag Boho Bag Hippie image 0

Handmade Crochet Bag, £63.09, KNITANDCROCHETWORLD at Etsy – buy now

Floor length Cardigan Wild Orange Tree

Handmade Floor Length Cardigan in M/L, £265, Wild Orange Tree – buy now

sun Hat - Pink & Red co-che

Handmade Sun Hat, £35, Cro-che – buy now

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Perfect oversized cropped long

Handmade Cropped Cardigan, £66, Wild Orange Tree – buy now

Patched crochet sweater sweater vest image 1

Handmade Patched Crochet Sweater Vest, £20, EloisebyEloiseShop at Etsy – buy now

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Handmade Crochet Bag, £60, scoobcrafts at Etsy – buy now

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