Welcome, visitor! [ Register | Login

Crochet World Records

Crafts October 15, 2016

The Guinness Book of World Records holds some fascinating information about people all over the world who have beaten the odds and had the honor of holding a world record. Most of the ones we see or hear about are the athletic or odd world records, but there are in fact several crochet world records, held by people around the world from the USA to India. Read on to learn some facts about the fastest crocheter, the longest crochet chain, and the biggest crocheted blanket ever made.

#1 Fastest Crocheter – Lisa Gentry
In 2005, Lisa Gentry landed the world record as fastest crocheter when she showed up to a Michael’s Arts & Crafts Store in Louisiana and began hooking shell stitches. The number of stitches per minute? 170 – for a total of 5,113 stitches in just half an hour.

#2 Longest Crochet Chain – Anne Vanier-Drussel
In 2008, Anne Vanier-Drussel of France began working on what would become the longest crochet chain in the world, measuring a total of 130 kilometers (or just above 80 miles). Once completed, it was taken to Aniane, France to be measured and presented for the world record.

#3 Largest Display of Yarn Sculptures – Craft Club (UK)
In 2014, the Craft Club of Thundersley, Essex put together a display of 13,388 yarn sculptures. Craft Clubs are part of a national campaign to keep crafts and hobbies in schools and began in 2009. If you’d like to know more, visit their website: www.craftscouncil.org/uk

#4 Most People Crocheting Simultaneously – American University of Nigeria
In 2015, students attending the American University in Yola, Nigeria got together and crocheted for 20 minutes. They won the world record with a count of 485 people, beating the previous record of 426 people crocheting simultaneously for 15 minutes. If you’d like to read more of their story, you may do so at the following: http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/more-news/195554-american-university-of-nigeria-enters-guinness-world-record.html

#5 Largest Crochet Blanket – 67 Blankets For Nelson Madela Day, The Department of Correctional Services and the Nelson Mandela Foundation
In 2016, the largest blanket ever crocheted was made by 1,500 inmates in 30 correctional centers around South Africa, measuring 185,016 square feet. Drakenstein Correctional Center, where the final assemblage took place, had housed Nelson Mandela for a short period prior to his release.

If you’d like to read more about crochet world records, The Guiness Book of World Records (online) has even more information here: Guiness World Records (search “Crochet”)

By Kaitlin Cone

No Tags

2123 total views, 1 today

  

Leave a Reply

Facebook Friends

  • How to join Granny Squares with an invisible seam

    How to join Granny Squares with an invisible seam

    by on June 21, 2017 - 0 Comments

    Now for something every knitter and crocheter should learn: how to join granny squares with an invisible seam. Why? What’s the point? Well, if you’ve ever seen a blanket made from granny squares, you’ve probably seen a few that aren’t well made…their squares sag, the stitches are loose, and it looks more like a yarn […]

  • Crochet Celtic Coasters Pattern

    Crochet Celtic Coasters Pattern

    by on August 1, 2017 - 0 Comments

    Want to try a new technique without learning a new crochet stitch? How about learning how to weave strips of crochet together to create a unique Celtic-inspired pattern? The Celtic Coaster pattern utilizes two or more colors to create a woven tapestry that looks good as a coaster, placemat, or table runner. Now, although the […]

  • Beaded Dragonfly (Free Patterns)

    Beaded Dragonfly (Free Patterns)

    by on May 29, 2017 - 0 Comments

    Looking for an easy craft project with minimal cost and endless variety? How about a beading project that results in something you can use to add sparkle to your clothes, keys, luggage, decor, or holiday decorations? This Beaded Dragonfly is the perfect project to try out beading, and it’s easy to switch color and size, […]

  • Crochet Tunisian Feathers (Free Pattern)

    by on August 3, 2017 - 0 Comments

    Have you ever wanted to try a new crochet technique and been intimidated by the project patterns? How about starting with something smaller, something still useful but small enough to just dip your toe into a new technique? If you’ve been itching to try the Tunisian crochet stitch but have looked in vain for a […]

  • Crochet a Dumpling Kitty (Free Pattern)

    Crochet a Dumpling Kitty (Free Pattern)

    by on June 21, 2017 - 0 Comments

    Who doesn’t love a cute little kitten? With the free Dumpling Kitty crochet pattern, you can have a tiny kitten that will never grow up. They’re adorable little bundles of fluff that will make anyone smile. They’d make great party favors, as well as paperweights, keychains, or toys for little ones. With their small size […]