Chidinma Modupe Okafor Sets New Guinness World Record With Crocheting Marathon

The 30-year-old set a new crocheting record with a time of 72 hours

Crocheting Marathon
Chidinma Modupe Okafor

A Nigerian, Chidinma Modupe Okafor has set a new Guinness World Record for the longest crocheting marathon with a time of 72 hours.

With this feat, she surpassed the previous record of 34 hours and 7 minutes set by Alessandra Hayden (USA) in 2021.

The 30-year-old created a white dinner gown during her 3-day crochet-a-thon.

According to the records body, Chidinma has been crocheting dresses and clothing accessories since she was a child.

She embarked on the crocheting marathon because of her lifelong passion for the craft, as well as a desire to push her physical and mental limits.

She added: “I aim to showcase the artistry and perseverance involved in this craft and promote awareness about crocheting and its benefits.

Chidinma had to crochet nonstop transitioning from one ball of yarn to the next to successfully achieve the record. She was only permitted a total of two hours of rest each day with only brief breaks to eat, sleep, and other necessities.

She said: “My preparation for the record attempt involved rigorous training and mental conditioning,”.

“It also required physical endurance and strategizing to maintain a consistent pace while minimizing fatigue.

“Additionally, logistics such as arranging for sufficient yarn with support staff were crucial for the uninterrupted progress of the attempt.”

Chidinma had initially planned to crochet a wedding gown but had to switch plans to make a dinner gown due to fatigue and time factors.

Drawing inspiration from cook-a-thon world record breaker, Hilda Baci, she joins the likes of Helen Williams and Clara Chizoba Kronborg who have also broken records.