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I think it is amazing the amount of curiosity around "machine made crochet." I have discussed this topic here several times, the last time being last summer: Crochet Machines?
Here it is, nearly a year later from that last blog post, and nothing has changed. Crochet still remains one of the last fiber-art forms that must be made by human hands. This means those little doilies you see in the craft stores for a dollar, to garments at Walmart to Macy's, they are all made by human hands -- NOT by machine.
The closest I've ever found is an oval table cloth, made of plastic, with the crochet pineapple motif stamped on it (see picture above). I have owned this table cloth for about 10 (or more) years, and of yet to ever see another in-person. From time to time I will bring it to crochet demonstrations I volunteer for to show the closest I've ever seen what a machine can produce. It's fake. Want to see other samples of fake crochet? Go to google.com, click onto "images" and then search for "pvc crochet table cloth."