In the loop – 5 ways with crochet

Forget granny blankets and doilies – warm up your home décor with timeless crochet items that are back on trend.

By Simone Borcherding
Photographs Francois Oberholster

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In the hot seat
Industrial metal stools tend to be pretty icy and uninviting in winter, but simple crochet covers will sort that out in no time. Make them from yarn that contains synthetic fibres so you can simply throw them in the washing machine to get rid of food and drink stains.

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A new twist
Dalena White lovingly recovers, cleans and adorns skulls and horns using the age-old craft of crochet. Displayed against a neutral background, these quirky wool and cotton pieces from Artvark Gallery in Kalk Bay are quite the conversation starter.

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Fly your flag
Try this more grown-up take on bunting without losing its whimsical appeal; more advanced crochet fundis can try a variety of neutral tones in each flag.

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No water required
We’re crazy about Projekt’s Fair Trade crochet cacti made by craftswomen based in Hout Bay, Cape Town – they make for a cheeky addition to a bookshelf.

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In disguise
Conceal unsightly plastic plant pots with these simple crochet baskets; they can also double up as storage containers for odds and ends once your indoor plants have outgrown their pots.