is an art of creating fabric with cord or threads using certain type of hooks.
The word crochet was derived from the French word croc, meaning hook.
was not known before 18th century. Crocheting originated from parts of South America,
Arabia and China during early 18th century. Later it became very popular in Europe.
Though crocheting was practiced earlier, the present day crocheting practiced
with hooks came into being very late as people of olden days used only their fingers
for making loops and chains.
form of embroidery namely tambour Embroidery reached Europe during
the 18th century and people started doing the art using smaller needles that are
very similar to crochet hooks used today. Though there are conflicting evidences
for having found crochet pieces in Egyptian tombs, history of crocheting could
not be traced before the 18th century.
earlier days, lace working was very much prevalent and in early 18th century crocheting
took over the lace work. Crochet materials were less expensive than that of its
lace counterpart and people started crocheting using various natural fibres and
various types of hooks such as wood, ivory and brass.
years rolled by, crocheting established its roots and turned out to be an enterprise
for livelihood. The crocheted fabrics were bought more and more by middle class
people and crochet found its way to every household.
from the early 18th century and up to the middle of 19th century, the crochet
methods that were followed was filet crochet. Patterns were made with rows either
with open or closed mesh using steel hooks.
was used up to 1950 for any patterns. As many people, especially younger generations,
started practicing crochet, many new designs and ideas emerged and with the advent
of colured yarns, there were an explosion of varied patterns and hues in the crochet
arena. Many new patterns such as granny squares and freeform crochet emerged in
are the Methods Involved?
any modern crochet, you will find slipknots pulled through a loop and the second
loop pulled through the first loop, there by creating a pattern. The pattern is
repeated till you get a finished fabric. You can make a round by pulling many
stitches through the loop.
These methods distinguish crocheting from
other kinds of fabric making methods.Crochet
has undergone many phases and the crochet that you know today is an art involving
different technologies and modern ways of making fabric.
Afghan Patterns Afghan
crochet cover patterns are the most sought after pattern in the crocheting world
both by the beginners and the experienced alike
Stitches for a Crochet Scarf
At the outset, bear in your mind that for a successful career in crochet,
you must have desire, determination and patience in mastering and understanding
Basic Crochet Patterns
In todays world, crochet is no more a hobby meant exclusively
for aged women. It has become so popular that people from all walks
of life and of all ages have taken up crocheting
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