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Updated April 27, 2023

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Towards the end of 2020, I made the decision that Bella Coco Crochet was going to be a fully size-inclusive crochet blog in 2021 and onwards. It hurt my heart to see comments on social media saying that people were unable to make a crochet design because of their size. I decided that needed to end.

Being size inclusive is SO important. I want anyone who comes across to my blog to feel included because EVERYONE MATTERS.

It’s difficult to avoid the debate in the news, on social media and every single female-focused magazine. The constant stream of confidence-destroying comments. You’re too thin. You’re too fat. You’re too short. You’re too tall. It seems like we can never be exactly right. But the simple fact is, we come in many shapes and sizes and there is very, very rarely a ‘one size fits all’ situation. And every single body deserves crochet patterns that fit and it shouldn’t fall to the reader to make huge adaptations to a design just so it fits their body.

As of January 2021, Bella Coco Crochet no longer accepts clothing designs that don’t cover a size range of 0-30, or provide simple instructions to tailor the clothing to fit you perfectly.

To celebrate this change, and the beautiful variation in body shapes and sizes, March will feature a series of body positive, size inclusive posts. All past garment designers were contacted and given the opportunity to increase their size range. I’ll be re-sharing the patterns later in the month that received increased sizing as well as highlighting the incredible designers who originally supplied inclusive sizing.

When I spoke about size range on my Facebook page, there were so many positive comments and lots of useful discussion which helped me choose the 0-30 size range. However one comment in particular stuck with me. I’ve paraphrased, but essentially it said:

People should stop moaning. Size 10-18 is an acceptable range and no-one should complain about that.

It baffled me that anyone could think that people asking for clothing to fit them could be seen as moaning. But, it made me realise how cemented in our minds a ‘socially acceptable’ size range is. It’s time to change that, because EVERY SINGLE PERSON deserves clothing that fits, flatters and is comfortable on their body.

Cocoon Cardigan – sizing XS-5XL

If this is a topic you’re passionate about, or if you’d like to learn more, I recommend starting with these wonderful people:

Janine of Knits ‘n Knots

Photo from Janine at Knits ‘n Knots

The fabulous Janine of Knits ‘n Knots has been an advocate of size-inclusive design for a long time. I stumbled across her blog though this post, Size Inclusive Design and What it Means to Me while I was doing some research on turning Bella Coco into a fully size-inclusive space and Janine perfectly sums up my own feelings in a beautifully eloquent and uplifting blog post. Her designs are stylish, modern and designed with an eye to fit all body sizes and shapes perfectly.

Hannah of HeyJay Yarn

Photo from Hannah of HeyJay Yarn

The wonderful Hannah of HeyJay Yarn has launched a #megababemovement to help inspire people to practice some self love and treat your body kindly – no matter what size or shape. It can be really easy to be unkind to yourself about your body. We would NEVER be this unkind to someone else. So, it’s time to turn that around and love the bodies that we’re in. Hannah’s movement is so important because it talks about the importance of reclaiming words like fat and breaking the stigma that surrounds them.

Angie of Gamer Crafting

Angie of Gamer Crafting wrote a fabulous Instagram and blog post about self love and body positivity.

We’ve all been in that place. “I’ll buy this jumper that’s two sizes too small so I can slim down into it” or “I’ll crochet myself something to wear when I shift 10lb.” It’s a horribly vicious circle, where you start to believe that you don’t deserve to craft yourself something well fitting, comfortable and beautiful. So, your self-confidence takes a hit. And the belief that you “don’t deserve it” becomes even deeper engrained in your consciousness.

Angie speaks about why you deserve to make yourself knitted (but this advice definitely applies to crochet too!) garments NOW. You can read the full blog post here, Knitting as radical, body-positive, self love.

Sugar Maple Shurg
Sugar Maple Shrug – sizing XS-4XL

I may not be able to change the industry, but I can change Bella Coco Crochet. I hope you’ll join me in celebrating that change and also how wonderfully diverse the human body can be.

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18 Comments

  • Sue
    March 2, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    Is shrug shown in this announcement not yet available?

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    • BellaCocoTeam
      March 3, 2021 at 7:22 pm

      Hi Sue It’s for future posts but the actual downloadable pattern has 5XL 🙂

      Reply
  • Michele Yurman
    March 2, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Thank you!! Everyone is beautiful. Showing how beautiful on the outside with lovely, hand made items shows how beautiful we are inside. Your inner light shines so bright when wearing something made with love (self-love, included).

    Reply
  • Sue
    March 3, 2021 at 2:50 am

    I just want to know where this new woman’s size shrug pattern can be found!

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  • Kathi Moran
    March 3, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    Thank you!! I love that you are being size inclusive. It means a lot to those of us sometimes on the fringes of that.

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    • BellaCocoTeam
      March 4, 2021 at 9:32 am

      Hi Kathi you are very welcome 🙂

      Reply
  • Crystal
    March 3, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    I LOVE THIS! I’m thankful that you are including bigger sizes in your work as well! It’s hard to find cute things in store as well. I’m a bigger girl with ‘man shoulders’ so its really hard! Sometimes I give up looking and just get a tshirt that i know will fit.

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    • BellaCocoTeam
      March 4, 2021 at 9:32 am

      Hi Crystal you are very welcome 🙂

      Reply
  • Karen Snell
    March 3, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, what more can I say……
    I’m a megababe at a UK size 22 and it’s incredibly difficult to get nice stylish clothes to fit, I thought if I crocheted them myself I’d have more choice, but, no, that was not to be, it’s an eternal struggle to adjust and size up things to fit, I know people will say, ‘well go on a diet!!’ but this isn’t an option for everyone, believe me, l have spent most of my 59 years on a diet, now l refuse to torture myself anymore.
    I was a size 32, so I have drastically reduced my weight, but according to the fashion police, I’m still not within acceptable range and I’m pretty fed up with it.
    You making your blog etc ‘All sizes’ is going to be a godsend, thank you very much Sarah-Jayne xxxx

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    • BellaCocoTeam
      March 4, 2021 at 9:31 am

      Hi Karen you are very welcome 🙂

      Reply
  • Angela Altomare
    March 3, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    You are beautiful! Thank you so much for your genuine empathy! I shared this with another person and they said “This is a marketing ploy.” THAT truly ticked me off! Seriously? I understand you have a business to run, but I also have always felt that you genuinely love your followers/customers. You have so much empathy for all walks of life that it shows in everything you do!
    Thank you for all that you do for us, yourself, and your family. XX Angela

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    • BellaCocoTeam
      March 4, 2021 at 9:30 am

      Hi Angela, thank you so much, I can assure you that it most definitely is not a marketing ploy. I genuinely feel that everyone whatever their shape or size should have access to patterns. Take care 🙂

      Reply
  • Samantha
    March 10, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    This is fantastic news. I am loving what I am seeing these days where more and more sites, pages, influencers, etc etc, are showcasing the real woman in all her real ways! The majority of us do not fit into the standard model mold and so often we get disappointed when we realize that this thing I just bought does not look “right” on me because it doesn’t look like the model! As a personal crochet designer I fully understand the work that goes into creating patterns that include multiple sizes. Thank you for that work and for being so thoughtful and forward moving!

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    • BellaCocoTeam
      March 11, 2021 at 7:27 pm

      You are very welcome 🙂

      Reply
  • Sandra
    March 8, 2022 at 2:58 am

    Thank you. I am a 61 year old modest dressing woman, size 3x and I cannot find clothes to fit that are modest and pretty. I absolutely HATE to shop! I have seen some pretty things online but MY size is non existent. The pretty things only go to 12,14, maybe 16. The 3x’s are ugly material, cheap material, ugly patterns, ugly colors, atrociously designed, SHORT skirted!,…you get the idea!
    I have only in the last 2 days seen crochet for larger women. Literally the last 2 days. Thank you for including us! I want to look pretty, too!

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    • BellaCocoTeam
      March 8, 2022 at 3:34 pm

      Hi Sandra You are very welcome, clothes etc should all be size inclusive and this is something that I am keen to support. 🙂

      Reply
  • Janice Nattress
    March 23, 2022 at 11:30 am

    I am roughly a size 22, apple shaped. What size should I make? 2XL or 3-4XL? I love the airy top in this week’s email/blog and even though I am large, I would love to make it to wear over a plain T shirt. Thank you, Janice

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    • BellaCocoTeam
      March 30, 2022 at 6:25 pm

      Hi Janice the best way to work out which size to make is to take your measurements and compare them against the finished sizes given for the garment. You will need to make sure you complete a gauge swatch so that your top works up to the correct size

      Reply

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