Crocheting 'can flatter all figures'

Crocheting can be a real figure-flatterer (Getty)

This year has undoubtedly seen a huge resurgence in crocheted clothing - from vintage-style bikinis to Rihanna's cream skirt, this is a trend with staying power.

Crochet designer Mary Beth Temple claims that it is one of the hottest looks for 2012 and "everything is coming up crochet".

She told the Ledger Enquirer that rather than being treated as second-class needlecrafters, this skill is becoming more valued, especially in creating garments.

The single hook was even treated to a Vogue Knitting special edition on crocheting, and catwalks across the world can't get enough of this.

Ms Temple, who is the author of Curvy Girl Crochet: 25 Patterns that Fit and Flatter, explained that a lot of crocheters tend to shy away from making clothing, as they worry it will be bulky and shapeless.

"The idea for me was to prove the naysayers that crochet is a flattering option no matter what size you are," she said.

Her book includes sections on what yarns provide the best fit and how to measure yourself properly.

In general, light-weight yarns can offer a flattering fit, without adding bulk to your frame.

Ms Temple said that she "desperately wanted to shoot on actual plus-size women", and inside the pages of her book she sticks to curvaceous ladies between the sizes of 16 and 24.

Crocheters may be more familiar with working with bulky yarns on blankets and accessories, however, a thinner yarn, which is also strong enough to stand the test of time, is a must in clothing.

Before making any clothing, crocheted or knitted, it's always advisable to make a sample patch, which you can then wash repeatedly, to understand how the fabric could change.

This also means that buying washable yarns is particularly important, especially in clothing, as you don't want to endure any fabric shrinkage or colour fading over time.

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