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Crochet = Personalized Slow Fashion
A pile of Regan's handmade sweaters, which he crocheted as slow fashion.
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Hello crocheters out there! This is Regan taking over for a hot second to discuss the benefits of slow fashion and crocheting your own wardrobe. Crochet is slow fashion! After crocheting several garments, I’m sharing the positives of doing so, and why I support making your own fashion.

I will admit that up until recently I didn’t even know what fast fashion meant.

Text with the definition of Fast Fashion: "An approach to the design, creation, and marketing of clothing fashions that emphasizes making fashion trends quickly and cheaply available to consumers."
-Merriam Webster
The definition of Fast Fashion

My recent dive into the fiber world has opened a new understanding of the clothing market. I also think as I’ve gotten older I’ve been able to appreciate fashion more and the work that goes into it, additionally the realization of what fast fashion is and the waste it creates.

Fast fashion exists because of accessibility and affordability, and I don’t want to downplay that reality for some people. Being able to create your own clothes is time consuming and requires learning a skill to do so. But I think if you have that time and ability, investing in your own personal slow fashion is great.

You may also enjoy: WeCrochet Podcast – Slow Living with Crochet

Regan's slow fashion crocheted Alpine Alpaca Sweater

I aspire to one day be able to make all my clothes, but I haven’t dipped into the sewing world quite yet. However, I have been able to make several crocheted garments now and I want to talk about the positives I’ve experienced, and the few reasons why I support making your own fashion:

  • Customizability
  • Less waste
  • Self-gratification

Let’s go over these!

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Regan wearing a crocheted sweater of his own design, demonstrating slow fashion.

I would think most people have had the experience of clothing shopping only to find that nothing appeals to you, nothing fits right, or the fabric content isn’t something you like. This is pretty common in fast fashion as the purpose is to sell to the most societal standard customer. That means if you stray from the “norm” you will probably have a harder time finding something up your alley.

Here’s where making your own fashion comes in. Imagine this! You get to choose the color, the fiber, and you can make it exactly your size. On top of that, you have the ability to go outside of what “normal” clothing may look like. Instead of just t-shirts and sweaters, maybe we have some type of asymmetrical garment, or an especially chunky cardigan because why not? Crochet allows for a very wide range of fashion statements and expressions.


Regan wearing a handmade sweater. Slow fashion is participating in creating your own wardrobe, whether through sewing, crocheting, knitting, or other methods.

As mentioned above, fast fashion is very wasteful. It promotes the idea of making more than necessary and also pushing for constant “newness”. Fast fashion doesn’t last, trends come and go, and since it’s designed to constantly be changing the quality of a lot of clothes suffer. So instead of being able to invest in a shirt to have around for years to come, it most likely will end up in the trash within the year.

Making your own clothes usually means you’re taking your time with it and being much more precise and detail oriented. This will usually result in a garment that is better made and will last much longer. And because you’re only making what you need there’s not a lot of waste compared to mass producing something that will be thrown out in the end.

I do want to mention though, since I don’t want to just smack fast fashion around. A lot does come down to personal care and correctly washing your clothes. That’s a whole other topic, but being able to take care of your clothes will also extend the lifetime.


Regan wearing a handmade sweater

If nothing else convinces you, then there’s at least the satisfaction of making something yourself. After I finished a couple of my first crochet sweaters I was almost on a high of satisfaction. It kind of blew my mind, I was holding and wearing something that I made. That is crazy! And it’s mine, my colors, my size, my fit.

I especially love the final moments of bringing the garment to life. When I make all the pieces it can be kind of difficult to imagine what it’s going to look like. But as soon as I start connecting them together, it’s like sprinting that last 100 meters in a race.

And even though this post has been about fashion, it doesn’t just stop there. People are constantly making bags, purses, blankets, plant holders, anything you can think of! The list goes on and on of what’s possible. The concept of slow fashion doesn’t just have to stop at fashion!

I’m by no means an expert (quite the opposite really), this was more just my thoughts on current habits I have and wanting to open the discussion!

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What are your thoughts on fast fashion vs. slow fashion? Do you aspire to create any of your own garments (via crochet, or any other way?). Let’s chat about it in the comments!

WeCrochet Podcast Episode 5: Slow Living With Crochet
Floral Tapestry Top

This week the WeCrochet Podcast is inspired by the concept of slow living: a lifestyle emphasizing slower approaches to everyday living, and being intentional about how you spend your time, money, and your life. Crafting has a long history within slow living and crochet has a big role in that. From crocheting baskets, bags and garments, things that are made from hand have a lot of benefits.

Yes, you can crochet a sweater! Sara and Heather share top tips for crocheting sweaters. After asking the crochet community, “what are your crochet resolutions for 2020” many people said that they wanted to crochet a sweater. Sara offers her tips of things to keep in mind as you approach making a crochet sweater.

Next, learn about how our new Upcycle Reserve yarn is made, why it’s like the delicious casserole of the yarn world, and get some suggestions on what to crochet with it.

What’s new with WCP? Well the WeCrochet Podcast is also gearing up to celebrate National Crochet Month. Find out how you can celebrate with us. We’re also wrapping up the Brava Beanie CAL and launching a new Crochet A-Long.

Then Heather talks to Jewel, of Our Maker Life, who tells us about the OML community and gives us her advice for how to embrace the slow living lifestyle.

Last, Heather snags Regan to talk about his experience crocheting his first sweater. They have also renamed the podcast to the Ree Ree and Hey Hey show.

Regan’s sweater
Regan’s Sweater (side)
Regan’s Sweater (front)
Regan’s Sweater (back)

Mentioned in this episode:
Referenced throughout WeCrochet Magazine Issue 1  and  WeCrochet Magazine Issue 2
Curio #10
Floral Tapestry Top 
Shine Sport 
Highlighter Tape for Patterns
WeCrochet Chart Keeper 
Gansey Sweater 
Wool of the Andes Superwash 
Upcycle Reserve Yarns 
Biggo Yarn 
Sebago Hat & Cowl 
Facets Cowl 
Brava Beanie 
Bobble Diamonds Throw
Diamond Bobble Bucket Bag 
Bridesmaid Shawl
Our Maker Life 
15mm crochet hook 
Our Maker Life Podcast 
National Crochet Month: Crochet.org
Bobble Diamonds Throw 
Mighty Stitch Yarn 
WeCrochet Group on Ravelry 
City Tweed 
Effortless Oversized Top 

0:24 – Heather and Producer Sarah talk slow living
2:36 – Sara and Heather offer sweater-making tips
17:05 – New Upcycle Yarns with a special guest
20:23 – Sara and Heather take a deeper look at the Upcycle Yarns
23:51 – Heather interviews Jewel from Our Maker Life
34:42 – What’s New with WeCrochet – National Crochet Month + New CAL
36:47 – Regan’s new sweater