History of Crochet

I have spent several hours researching this very question. In addition, I have found that there are many sources claiming different origins, such as Arabia, Turkey, India, and North America. Others suggest that it started as far back as the 1500 BC, where others say it started with Finger crocheting around the 1820's. No one appears to have verified proof of its origins.

Most agree that the word crochet comes from the French word ‘Croche' or ‘Croc' meaning to hook.

We call it crochet, along with the Belgians and French. Known as Haken in Holland, Hekling in Norway and Haekling in Denmark

Another interesting aspect I have discovered is the way the hooks held. Some hold it like a pencil giving it a more feminine or graceful look. They are now discovering that if you hold the hook in the palm of your hand it reduces the risk of suffering carpal tunnel.

Records show that in years gone by during the Victorian era they used a loose stitch and a tight stitch, now of course we use different sized hooks. In addition, they used to crochet into the back loop of the stitch. Now it is an accepted fact to crochet into the back and the front loop of the stitch.

The Irish created beautiful motifs, one nun would create the flower, and another one a motif and another would crochet them together. They were true masters of their delicate craft working together to create them.

Crochet has survived for hundreds of years, parents passing down their knowledge through their children, and is still a sought after enjoyable craft for many people even today.

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Guide for the beginner

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The joys of crochet

It is a wonderful way to make doilies and garments for women and children alike. Crochet garments also grow quicker than knitted garments. Therefore, if you want a garment finished quick, then start with a crochet project.

Changing Thread colours

Crocheting garments and doilies with different colours will breathe life into your garments. You could bring out the creativeness in you, by mixing the colours into different patterned creations, whether it is on doilies or for making small crochet animals and toys for the grandchildren.

Like everything, there is a right and wrong way of doing this although I have done it in two or three different ways with some success.

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The first way - if doing coloured rows, decide on number of rows per colour. For this session, we will say you are doing four rows of red and four rows of green. Finish your four rows of red then put your hook into the first loop of a single crochet in the red colour, now pick up the green colour thread through the last two loops to complete the single crochet. Carry on in the green colour as normal. Be careful to change colours on the same end each time, so you carry on in the opposite colour. With a crochet hook, you can pull the loose end in and out through the same coloured work, so there are no loose ends showing.

The second way - is when you change colour, put your hook into the first loop of single crochet in the red colour, and now pick up the green colour, only now you fold the loose end back on the green colour thread you are using. In fact, you wind a double thread around the hook and pull it through as normal, until the end disappears into your work, continue until you need to change colours again. When using this method be careful if using two different shades of colours that the dark thread does not show through onto the right side.

If you need to change back and forth with many colours, close together then I would use the first option. Although now you need to loop the thread back and forth on the wrong side of the garment, this way the looping effect will not show on the right side. This will only work if the side with the threads crossing is on the inside of a garment.  It would not work with a granny blanket, as both sides are visible.

In the case of having a motif in the middle of an article, do not carry coloured threads across the back of garment, as this will look untidy. Start with a new thread.

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The third way- you can splice each end of your wool into three fibres, then put the two ends together so they are overlapping. Place these in the palm of your hands and rub them back and forth.  This helps to join them together.  If you are using a thicker ply, you can cut one ply off so the thread is not too thick.

I have recently made two granny blankets and had forgotten all about this method. It saves you having to tie the ends off and re-thread the ends back into the article you are making.

Whatever you crochet, have fun creating it, and receive their gratitude when given to friends or your loved ones.

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Crochet tips and techniques

Left hand Chain

 Left Handed CrochetCredit: TPhotos

Crochet stitch instructions for the left-hander

To make a chain for the left handed person

Because you are left-handed, there is no reason you cannot crochet the same as a right-handed person. It is the same only in reverse. I have put the abbreviation and the meaning each time so you will grow accustomed to them. No matter what you do in life, crochet is no different; you need to practice to become a professional. With my help, you can crochet small things in no time.

To make any stitch you will need to hold the hook in your left hand (similar to holding a pencil) with the yarn in right hand. You have to catch the yarn in the groove of the hook to do every crochet stitch you make.

Yarn over hook Abbr (yo) Bring the yarn over (yo) the top of the hook, from the back to the front, catching the thread in the groove of the hook.

To Make A chain Stitch Abbr (ch)

First, make a slip knot on your hook. This is your first loop on your hook, now holding hook in left hand, bring the yarn over the top of hook, from the back to the front, and pull the thread in the hook through the loop. Congratulations! You have made your first chain. This is the main starting stitch for any garment. Repeat this action to make the number of chain stitches required for the pattern.

Single Crochet Stitch Abbr (sc)

As above, you need to hold hook in left hand and insert into the first chain stitch, then put yarn over (yo) and pull loop through chain. (You now have two loops on hook) put yarn over (yo) and pull yarn through both loops this time. You have now created a single crochet stitch.

Double Crochet Stitch Abbr (dc)

Hold hook in left hand and place yarn over hook (yo) insert into fist chain stitch, yarn over (yo) again and pull yarn through chain stitch. (You have three loops on hook). Yarn over, pull yarn through two loops, then yarn over (yo) again, and pull through last two loops. You have now made your first Double Crochet.

Now you have the idea carry on and try making small squares for a granny blanket or start with or a scarf.  Whatever you make enjoy the art of crochet.

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