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Crochet Statistics Reports & Overview – Data, Numbers & Trends [Updated for 2020]

Sometimes you can practice a hobby for many years and never consider learning something interesting about it.

I decided to research crochet statistics, and I found some fascinating pieces of information. Stats on the health benefits of crochet, interest in both crafts over time, and much more.

Whether you’re looking for stats for a scholarly article, a piece of journalism or are just interested in a few facts, you’ve come to the right place.

Crochet when compared with knitting shows some interesting results. It may surprise Mexico was the region with the most interest in Crochet. New Zealand for knitting over the last 10 years. More below.

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Interest In Crochet Over The Years

The interest in crochet is greater than knitting but with further investigation of what search terms are being used, crochet hair braids are included.

Crochet trends also show peaks and troughs, as it too is considered seasonal.

What I couldn’t quite work out on first glance why was Mexico being the top region for crochet searches. On further investigation, the search terms being used were ‘pinterest’ and ‘crochet’.

I’m not sure this tell us very much about why people in Mexico are showing such interest in crochet.

Interest In Knitting Over The Years

Interest in knitting over the last 10 years has stayed fairly consistent. It makes sense to see the peaks and troughs as knitting is considered seasonal. There is more interest in knitting during the colder months.

Living in the current pandemic of COVID19 and with many people experiencing staying at home in 2020, there are signs the interest in knitting and crochet has increased.

I was surprised to see New Zealand was the top region for knitting searches. Followed by Norway and the United Kingdom.

Not as surprising as those countries have freezing winters and a long history of knitting.

The 5 most popular search terms for crochet in the last 10 years included:

  • Crochet Pinterest
  • Crochet Faux locs
  • Faux locs
  • Crochet box braids
  • Crochet crowd

Pinterest has been a huge source of inspiration for crocheters, so many beautiful designs, patterns and yarns.

The next 3 most popular searches don’t relate to the craft hobby but rather hair styles. Faux locs are synthetic lengths of hair similar to dread locks.

They are attached to people’s existing braids using a crochet hook latch tool.

Crochet Crowd is popular crochet site and youtube channel.

The 5 most popular search terms for knitting in over the last 10 years included:

  • Arm Knitting Blanket
  • Addi Knitting Machine
  • Knitting For Olive
  • Deramores
  • Vogue Knitting Live

Arm Knitting became very popular in 2014 when a video went viral on how to make an arm knitting blanket. In 2016 and 2017 the interest for this search term spiked.

Addi Knitting Machine – is a manual loom knitting machine made by the German company Addi. Many knitters were interested in loom knitting due to projects being created more quickly.

Knitting For Olive- is a yarn and knitting pattern company in Copehagen which also has an online store.

Deramores – Is an online knitting and crochet store.

Vogue Knitting Live – is a yearly knitting event in the United States in a number of regions.

Studies Conducted About Crochet And Knitting

The Association For Creative Industries (AFCI) conducted a study in 2016 of the US Craft Market. [1]

This study gives insight into the consumer behaviors and demographics related to crafters. One of the categories of crafters were knitters and crocheters.

From AFCI’s study, we know:

  • 28.8 million Americans participated in knitting and/or crochet in 2016.
  • In that year, the crafts represented a market of $2.79 billion, with an average monthly spend per household of $20.57.
  • Knitters and crocheters are likely to also participate in other needle arts.
  • 77% buy their supplies in a physical store. 4% buy outside physical stores, and 19% buy from both. (Remember, crafters are always researching new products online first, regardless of where they buy!)
  • 62% give the items they craft as gifts. However, knit and crochet items are the most commonly donated crafts at 18%. 58% also keep their items.
  • While 18% consider themselves experts (one of the highest percentages of any craft) the other 82% rate their skills as beginner or intermediate.
  • 71% of knitters and crocheters are female. 29% are male.
  • 37% are employed full-time.
  • Knit and crochet age ranges are fairly even across the board: 34% are 18+34, 36% are 35-54, and 30% are 55+.

Knitting Pattern Trends over the last 10 years include brioche knitting, knitting with two yarns held together, and colorwork yokes. [2]

Brioche knitting is a technique using its own special set of stitches to create a lofty and thicker fabric looking similar to a ribbed pattern.

Double-stranded knitting (knitting with two yarns held together) is nothing new but what’s become increasingly popular is to combine a fluffy yarn, usually mohair or silk/mohair, with another type of yarn.

The number of published patterns featuring Colorwork yokes increased. Generally colorwork sweater designs were very popular.

Trends For Crochet In 2020

Trends for crochet include Headbands, Skinny Scarves, Top Down Tunics and Farmhouse Decor. [3]

All stitched headbands have been trending, but the twist headband has become a cold weather favorite.

Rather than the thick wide scarf, the skinny scarf is making a comeback.

Top down tunics are proving popular as they are available in a wide range of sizes, plus they are a great piece to team with leggings or jeans.

Farmhouse Decor style includes blankets, pillows, throws and baskets.

The Health Benefits of Knitting And Crochet Statistics

Over the last 6 years, numerous studies have been conducted showing the many health benefits of knitting and crochet.

Knitting and Crochet Relieve Depression

In one study of more than 3,500 knitters, published in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81% of respondents with depression reported feeling happy after knitting. More than half reported feeling “very happy.” [4]

Crafting May Reduce or Postpone Dementia

Yonas Geda, associate professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, published a study in the Spring 2011 edition of The Journal of Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences [5] validating crafters of all types.

His research showed people who engaged their minds by reading books, playing games or crafting had a decreased risk of mild cognitive impairment. A possible precursor to Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia.

Their study looked at 1,321 adults, ages 70 to 89. 197 of whom had been identified as already having mild cognitive impairment.

Both the normal and cognitively impaired groups were surveyed about their activities within the last year.

The study demonstrated using the brain might prevent losing it.

The data showed playing games, crafting, reading books and watching less TV resulted in a striking 30 to 50 percent decrease in the odds of having mild cognitive impairment.

Crochet and Knitting Relieve Stress

An online survey conducted by the Craft Yarn Council [6] for their initiative Stitch Away Stress returned these results:

  • 76% of Knitters and Crocheters like to knit/crochet with someone else
  • 49% of knitters say their favorite person to stitch with is their friend
  • 61% knit or crochet 1-12 hrs a week
  • 39% knit or crochet 13-25 hrs a week
  • 80% of knitters and crocheters say the skill reduces stress
  • 94% of knitters and crocheters say the skill helps them to relax
  • 83% of knitters knit in front of the T.V

There you go, plenty of facts and statistics to wow your fellow crocheters with. I hope this post was helpful in expanding your crochet knowledge.

Did you learn something interesting from this post? I certainly did while making it, and I’d love to hear what you found most fascinating.

Something I forgot? Or have a question? Leave a comment at the end.

References:

  1. ‘2016 Creative Products Size of the Industry Study’ Association For Creative Industries, <https://www.craftandhobby.org/eWeb/pdfs/AFCI%20MASTER%20Report_020117.pdf>, Accessed 4 May 2020.
  2. ‘Spotting a Trend: Knitting Patterns Released in 2010–2019’, Susanna Winter, January 24, 2020, <https://www.susannawinter.net/single-post/2020/01/24/Spotting-a-Trend-Knitting-Patterns-Released-in-2010E280932019>, Accessed 5 May 2020.
  3. ‘Knit and Crochet Trend Predictions for 2020’, Tamara Kelly for Yarnspirations, <https://www.yarnspirations.com/row-en/blog-010620-knit-crochet-predictions.html>, Accessed 6 May 2020.
  4. ‘The Benefits of Knitting for Personal and Social Wellbeing in Adulthood: Findings from an International Survey’, Jill Riley, Betsan Corkhill, Clare Morris, 15 February 2013, <https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.4276/030802213X13603244419077> Accessed 5 May 2020
  5. ‘Engaging in Cognitive Activities, Aging and Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Population-Based Study’, Yonas E. Geda et al., April 2011, <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3204924/>, Accessed 5 May 2020
  6. Craft Yarn Council <https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/health> Accessed 6 May 2020.
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