By Elly Leavitt

Published on October 14, 2018

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It’s hard to make crochet sound sexy. The material almost instantly conjures up images of some grandma (probably yours) knitting you a blanket to keep you safe from the draft. Which is why, when we saw crochet make its way down the fashion week runways for the ss19 presentations, we were a little surprised—not least because this latest rendering looks nothing like the crochet we’re used to.

Instead, it’s taken on a hybrid form. Mixed seamlessly into one piece with a melange of other fabrics and sewing techniques, it more so resembles netting. The woven product almost looks like some kind of fabric mesh: More modern in its sensibility, less weighty, and undeniably cool.

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It seems that the 2019 way to do crochet is by broadening the definition of what “crochet” traditionally means. Reimagining it in a slew of punchy colors, contemporary materials, and unexpected functions, breathes new life into a tired material. Here’s how to try your hand at the trend.

Fisherman’s netting, but make it Scandinavian-chic. Natural woven rattan encircles an earthenware vase for a mix of texture and material that’s perfectly suited to the neutral-loving minimalist. Blur geographical lines by taking a page from our favorite French girls, filling this vase not with fresh blooms but rather with some dried flowers or leaves for something a bit more subdued.

It’s not every day you see a crochet copper-toned runner constructed out of wire, so when you find something this unique you snap it up. The perfect way to bring some edge to a tablescape—particularly thinking ahead to holiday entertaining—it’ll ground your table setting easily. Layer it over a neutrally-toned linen runner for a cool textural moment, or keep it bare for a more punchy effect.

Mimicking the look of a fabric-woven piece, this sleek chair turns tradition on its head. Matte black is always a foolproof way to make anything look instantly elevated, and this chair is no exception. Use as a statement-making desk chair or pick up a set to deck out your dining room table in style.

Tightly woven jute is reminiscent of a Mediterranean summer home—so if you’re mourning the loss of warmer months and the possibility of seaside travel, try incorporating bits of holiday bliss into your home year-round. A rug like this, which blends classic style with a beachy vibe, will do the trick.

You hardly expect to see neon netting, so this powder-coated steel option is perfect for more out-of-the-box decorators. Think of it as a modern fruit bowl; just the pop of color your kitchen counters need. It also makes for a great last-minute centerpiece for your casual get-togethers.

One of our favorite ways to bring texture to a table without committing to a tablecloth is via placemats. Each of these fishnet-style placemats (available in three natural color options, but we’d go with the slate for some contrast against a wooden table) is crafted from handwoven abaca fibers. They’ll lend a rustic touch to any breakfast nook or dining room table.

The slightly unusual shape of these handmade lampshades is precisely what makes them great—sort of a fresh take on the basket-woven pendants we see in so many of our favorite kitchens. Dress up your kitchen island by hanging one of these pieces overhead; or, create a sectioned off little nook in your studio apartment by putting one of these pendants together with a cushy armchair and a bookshelf in a corner and fashioning yourself a library room within a room.

Both utilitarian and decorative, net produce bags are a godsend in the kitchen. Much more eco-friendly than plastic, they allow you to store and display produce so you don’t forget about it in the fridge. The simple minimalist design won’t detract from your kitchen aesthetic when you keep them on your counters.

If you love plants and don’t have a lot of space for them, you’re probably familiar with the concept of a hanging planter. Obviously. But instead of a sleek metal option or a bulky woven basket, opt for something in between; like a brass bead-accented macrame hanger.

See more trends to steal from fashion:
Seriously Cool Color Combos We’re Stealing from the Danish
The Easiest Way to Decorate with 2019’s Hardest Trend
10 Ways to Decorate with Our Newest Favorite Color

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