Flashback: 1970s Crochet Fashion

I found myself thinking about a childhood friend today and one of the things that I remember about her is how she always wore crocheted granny square vests. I visited her house once and everything – and I do mean everything – was covered in granny squares. There were even granny square doilies. Someone really liked making those things.

In light of that, I thought that it would be fun to take a look back at 1970’s crochet fashion.

After going through Google images, I wish I hadn’t.  I was born in 1970 on the very first Earth Day. Sometimes my inner tree hugging hippy gets the best of me and I think I was born in the wrong decade but then I realize I would have never survived the fashion. I hated the fashion of the 1970s as a kid and I hate it just as much now and I can’t come up with a logical reason as to why I have always hated it. If it wasn’t for the clothes of the 70’s I would have spent the first 10 years of my life naked. I remember shopping for clothes for kindergarten wanting something that wasn’t bell bottom jeans and being told “they don’t make anything like that.” I was sure my mother wasn’t looking hard enough.

A lot of that fashion was the crocheted clothes because DIY was a huge thing back in the 70s. I don’t know if it was the colours or the scratchy acrylic yarn. Yes, I know, acrylic yarn is still a thing and it’s very popular. I still don’t like it. I much prefer 100% cotton yarn. Everything – or at least it seemed that everything – was made out of granny squares, and some of that with whatever random yarn was laying around.

Don’t get me wrong, granny squares are really versatile and you can make almost anything out of them, and the majority of those things look amazing, but I would like to think that in 2017 we are a little more sensible with colour.

I give you exhibit A. A 1970’s inspired skirt made from granny squares in every colour yarn available at the local craft store. I honestly feel like this lady is wearing a vintage afghan around her waist.

I did mention my childhood friend who was always wearing vests made out of granny squares. Those vests were really popular, probably because they were easy to make and could be worn over nearly every shirt.

Granted, there are still a lot of clothing items made out of granny squares today but they don’t make me hear the echos of Paranoid by Black Sabbath in my head. Then there was the crochet bodysuit. I spent some time looking at this picture wondering how they got out of these to go to the bathroom and then gave up. Fashion doesn’t have to be sensible.

Dudes weren’t immune to either. Looks like they were wearing belted sweaters long before women.

I do realize that a lot of people are into the vintage look, or even ‘modern vintage’ where some of these ideas are given a more modern look. There is one Schuyler Ellers on Etsy who has taken this to a whole new level. He takes vintage blankets/afghans and turns them into guys fashion, you can read about this on Earth Porm. This bodysuit is one of his designs…

As well as these shorts…

In theory, I love this idea. I am all for people doing their own thing, I’m just not sure that guys pants were the way to go. I say this knowing I have a friend that would probably love this stuff.

There are two things that I know for certain after doing this 1970’s flashback is that what makes something “fashionable” is completely lost on me and I am glad that the 70’s are over.

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