Sydney crocheter is YouTube hit

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When first picking up a crochet hook or a pair of knitting needles everyone has a different way of learning.

Many are taught by family and friends, while some use pattern books designed for beginners.

Over the past decade the popularity of learning online has soared, with thousands of tutorial videos offering tips and advice, as well as a running commentary - allowing people to knit or crochet along, stopping the clip should they need to.

Nicknamed Sydney's crochet queen, Clare Sullivan has become a YouTube tutorial sensation, with 90,000 subscribers and a total of 35 million views for her videos.

The number one online crochet teacher in Australia, her channel is full of how-to classes teaching viewers everything from the basics of the craft to how to make hats, bags and all manner of clothing.

Speaking to Australia's Daily Telegraph, the 35-year-old said that she started crocheting 12 years ago as a joke.

Ms Sullivan said: "I would hassle my friend about her crocheting, telling her it was for older ladies. So she dared me to give it a go and I've loved it since then."

She uploaded her first tutorial video four years ago, which showed herself crocheting a granny square and after good initial feedback decided to continue making more videos.

Once Ms Sullivan's popularity started to rise she has been able to pursue the video series full time.

She explained to the newspaper: "The YouTube channel is my full time job now, although I never thought I would have had so many online followers, I have a lot of fans from around the world and it's great to talk to people from different countries."

And, unlike she first thought, Ms Sullivan admitted that crocheting is certainly not a hobby reserved for older people.

"I have a lot of young people following me and getting into crochet, which I think is fantastic," she went on to say.

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