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Unmasking Artificial Crochet: How to Spot AI-Generated Designs

Hey there, fellow crochet enthusiast! 

In the enchanting world of crochet, where every stitch is a testament to creativity and the warmth of handmade artistry, a new player has quietly emerged – artificial intelligence (AI). While we cherish the tradition of crafting with our own two hands, it’s time to acknowledge that AI has threaded its way into the crochet scene too. But fear not; we’re not here to unravel the joy of crocheting but to empower you with the knowledge to identify those AI-generated crochet designs that may not be as authentic as they appear.

Decoding AI-Generated Crochet Images

So, what are these AI-generated crochet images all about? Well, they’re like computer-made versions of crochet, often amigurumi of unusual size (A.O.U.S.) or yarn bombs that are too good to be true (think grandma and her crochet-covered tank). 

Basically, a person inputs parameters into a computer, telling it what they want an image to look like, then the computer spits out a picture based on those parameters. The thing is, while they can look pretty amazing, they aren’t really crochet. Many “clickbait” websites use these AI images to fool us into clicking, promising patterns for these illegitimate creations. But don’t fret – there are some tricks to spot them!

1. Suspiciously Perfect Patterns:

AI-generated images tend to be super symmetrical and super neat. Real crochet work often has tiny imperfections that show it was made with love, not algorithms. So, if it looks too perfect to be true, it might just be AI at work.

2. Colors That Raise an Eyebrow:

AI isn’t afraid to mix and match colors in wild ways. So, if you’re staring at a crochet image with colors that seem like they came from a unicorn’s dream, you might be dealing with AI. 

3. Mind-Bogglingly Complex Designs:

We’ve all seen those crochet patterns that look like they were made by a superhuman. If you find a pattern that’s so intricate (or huge) it makes your head spin, AI might be playing tricks on your eyes. Skilled crocheters can do wonders, but AI can defy physics and make impossible things.

4. Stitching Up Unusual Textures:

AI can create stitches that you won’t find in any crochet book. If you look at something and wonder “How did they make such huge stitches without any stuffing showing through?” it’s probably not real crochet. These weirdly cool textures might be a dead giveaway that AI had a hand in crafting the image.

5. AI Struggles With Hands:

When humans are in the picture, take a close look at their hands. Artificial intelligence has a hard time duplicating human hands with accuracy. As a result, images often have crazy hands that are disproportionate or missing fingers.

6. No Project History Whatsoever:

Imagine crafting a life-size crochet elephant – wouldn’t you want to document the journey? I’d be taking pictures from different angles and showing off my progress step by step. AI can’t create any record of the construction of the piece because it doesn’t exist. If you stumble upon an amazing crochet project in only one picture from a single source, chances are it’s been created by AI.

Why Does It Matter?

Now, you might be thinking, “Who cares if it’s AI or not?” Well, let’s unravel that. Think of AI-generated crochet images as those sneaky impostors who try to pass off as the real deal. Knowing how to spot them protects you from buying fake patterns or visiting websites with no pattern at all. Plus, it saves you from the disappointment of getting a pattern that doesn’t match the oh-so-perfect image it promised.

So next time you’re scrolling through patterns, keep these tips in your back pocket. Go ahead and marvel at the cool way technology and crafting has come together, but don’t let it fool you. Let your own creative hands do the talking – that’s where the magic truly lies! 

Yarn on, 


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  1. Hi Kati, I know that AI is an impostor but it is not only an impostor : it is dangerous from many points of view. For example, prof. Sam Vaknin asked chatgpt 55 questions about himself and the bot got 36 wrong. After all, humans have developed many ways to create things but not all are good things. You truly are a revolutionary crocheter and you make very beautiful stuff that is not so complicated as it seems. I am nine years old and I live in Romania, Europe.

  2. Thanks for the tips, Kati. You’re performing a public service and thwarting the people who post them to harvest clicks on their own site. Other points to look for:
    * No shadows/too many shadows/shadows in wrong direction for the apparent light source.
    * No details about the crafter — name, city or country, when done, why done (such as an anniversary or a public event).
    * No media history, no FB, Google, video or print hits. Someone local crocheting these huge things would be just the sort of upbeat news filler that journalists would love. They’re not something people would really be able to keep quiet (and why would a fibre artist want to?). Most genuine giant crochet items need some sort of scaffolding and quite a bit of strength, or even helpers. if it’s real, there would be a record somewhere.

  3. Kati
    Thanks for putting this out there. Unfortunately we live in times where people are tricked at every turn, and arts and crafts imposters have joined the fray.
    Another reason for people to become knowledgeable about AI posers is that these images are a copies of all the patterns and images out there (paid and free), not original works, but pieced together in parts. They steal from all the people who work so hard to create patterns.

  4. I was fooled by an AI generated crocheted project. Thank you for the tips on spotting these fakes. Now that I know that what I saw is not real, I am tempted to make it anyway to see how close I can get a real project to look like the AI project.

  5. I once saw a book called “Why Paint Cats”. It looked like the cats had been painted but in fact, the images of the cats had been painted/digitally manipulated.
    Could #2 be similar? Not that the item was made with colored yarns but was colored once it had been made (with paint or whatever)?

  6. Hi Kati,
    I have boughten a few of you patterns, but I love them. When looking at your finished items I am always left in awe over your work. I have only completed a few of your patterns.
    Thank you so much for the information.
    *not sure where to post completed pictures.?*

  7. Thank you for this post, Kati. It’s made me think hard about some of the images I’ve seen lately. For example, a crafter who made a complete yellow crocheted cover for a sports car. Now that I’ve read your article, I’m realizing that some of the textures were just not possible.

    P.S. I just gifted a Spirit Wolf to a friend for her godchild. Your pattern is remarkable. I learned so much while I was making it and I enjoyed the making immensely.

  8. Wonderful information you’ve gathered and shared. I hope you don’t mind if I share this with my followers on Facebook. This may help not just yarn-crafters, but many other professions and crafts.

  9. Thank you for this information because people like to send me pics of these oversized crochet projects and I tell my well-wishers who think I can crochet these ginormous patterns that it is not feasible to do because of the cost of the yarn! Now I can say it is probably AI-generated!

  10. That trick with the hands is a good one! I didn’t even notice it, which says a lot about my lack of observational skills! Thanks for the info.

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