Hundreds of craft enthusiasts converged on Bendigo’s Prince of Wales Showgrounds for an attempt to break the official Guinness World Record for the most people crocheting simultaneously.
The attempt was held at Craft Alive Bendigo, with just under 600 people participating in the attempt.
However, there were not enough participants to break the current record of 604 people, held by Singleton in New South Wales.
Attempt coordinator Sally Taylor said it was amazing to have seen so many people come together for the world record attempt.
“We were so close to breaking the record,” she said.
“It was great to see people who had never crocheted in their lives come to the attempt and give it a go.”
Despite the record remaining untouched, Ms Taylor said there were ‘definitely’ plans for future attempts.
Diane Robertson from the Bendigo Spinners Weavers and Handcrafts Group said it was a great to have been a part of the attempt.
“People were coming in and we were simply encouraging them to have a go,” Ms Robertson said.
“Today I have been able to meet and speak to a lot of people I hadn’t met before.”
The hundreds of participants braved the cold as they crocheted together for 15 minutes straight.
“It was something lovely to do on a chilly Sunday afternoon,” Ms Robertson laughed.
Among the participants were groups of people who had travelled from far and wide to join in on the the attempt.
Kylie Vale from The Crazy Crafty Crew travelled to Bendigo from South Australia along with other members of the group.
“We heard about this six months ago and we jokingly decided that we would do it,” she laughed.
“It was great to be involved.”
Sally Phillips came along to the event with her daughter Rubi and friend Grace.
“It was lots of fun and it was completely unexpected, we had no idea it was going on,” Mrs Phillips said.
“So we joined in and learned something new for the day.”
Attempt coordinator Sally Taylor will be sending off the official paperwork to the Guinness World Records to ensure all participants are recognised for the attempt.
All of the wool used was donated by Bendigo Woollen Mills.