A New Trend: 15 Crocheting Facts

Woman crocheting bag.

Crocheting is growing in popularity with people of all ages – the craft has a rich history and a thriving present-day community.

The term “crochet” comes from the French word for “hook,” reflecting the primary tool used. Unlike knitting, which uses two needles, crocheting uses a single hook to interlock loops of yarn into a series of stitches. The versatility and variety of crochet make it suitable for a wide range of projects, from clothing and accessories to home décor and artistic pieces.

Here are 15 crocheting facts and figures:


  • Over 7 million people in the UK engage in knitting and crocheting, with crochet being a significant portion of this figure.
  • Interest in the hobby has surged, especially during the COVID-19 lockdowns, with many people picking up the craft for the first time or returning to it after a break.
  • While traditionally popular among older generations, crochet has seen a revival among younger people. The fastest-growing age group of crocheters is between 16-34 years.
  • The majority of UK crocheters are women, but there is a noticeable increase in male participation, especially among younger demographics.
Table of people crocheting.

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Growing Market

  • The UK craft industry, which includes knitting, crocheting, and other textile crafts, is worth approximately £3 billion annually. A significant portion of this value comes from the sale of supplies, such as yarn, hooks, and patterns.
  • Avid UK crocheters typically spend around £300 to £500 per year on materials and patterns.
  • Many UK small businesses and independent artisans sell crochet items and patterns, both online and at craft fairs. Platforms like Etsy report that crochet is a top category for handmade goods.
Crochet animal toys.

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Online Presence

  • Patterns and tutorials are in high demand on digital marketplaces, contributing to a growing online economy.
  • Numerous local crochet clubs and online communities exist across the UK. These groups offer social connections and support for both new and experienced crocheters.
  • Crochet is highly visible on social media platforms like Instagram, where hashtags like #crochetuk and #crochetlove are popular. Influencers and bloggers contribute to the craft’s popularity and trendiness.
  • The availability of online tutorials and pattern downloads has made learning and mastering crochet more accessible than ever. New apps and digital tools help users track their projects, find patterns, and connect with other crafters.
Crochet materials on a table.

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  • Crocheting is recognised for its mental health benefits, including stress relief and a sense of accomplishment. Many people turn to crochet as a form of mindfulness and relaxation.
  • The craft is often used for charitable projects, such as making items for hospitals, homeless shelters, and other community causes.
  • Crochet has made a notable comeback in fashion, with items ranging from high-street to high-end. UK designers and brands are increasingly incorporating crochet into their collections.
  • It also fits well with the slow fashion movement, which promotes handmade and durable clothing over fast fashion.

Shows like “The Great British Sewing Bee” have contributed to the resurgence of interest in all forms of crafting.

Many keen crocheters attend events such as Yarndale in Skipton and The Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate and London, which attract thousands of enthusiasts.

Crochet is more than a pastime; it’s a thriving and dynamic community contributing to the economy, culture, and well-being of its participants.

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Georgia Grieve