While the exact origins of crochet are unclear, as the skill was originally word of mouth, it has been theorized that this craft evolved from traditional practices in Iran, South America and China. But with no decisive evidence of the craft being practiced before its popularity in Europe during the 19th century.
The word ‘crochet’ is derived from the middle French word ‘croc’ or ‘croche’, meaning hook. The word crochet first appeared in the Dutch magazine Penelope in 1823. In the Memoirs of a Highland Lady by Elizabeth Grant, the first references to garments made of cloth produced by looping yarn with a hook was mentioned. Despite its English origins, there is evidence of a connection between French tambour embroidery and crochet. Several other books have also mentioned the use of ivory, bone or wooden hooks and steel needles.
In the 19th century, crochet was introduced in Ireland as part of famine relief during the Great Irish Famine (1845-1949). Poverty stricken Irish workers made money through the production of crocheted lace. The craft reached the Americas with Irish migration. Irish lace became popular in Europe and America and was made in bulk until WW1.
The end of the Victorian era brought a change in crochet fashions. Crocheted lace became even more elaborate in texture and stitching. Preference for white or pale-coloured threads increased
From the late 1940s until the early 1960s, there was a resurgence in interest in home crafts, particularly in the United States, with several creative crochet designs published for colourful doilies, potholders, and other home items. The late 1960s and early 1970s saw the new generation developing an interest in crochet and using bright colours. We all remember the toilet paper covers and loo covers growing up!
In these times of the internet, all the materials needed to create can be bought online, as well as courses teaching you how to crochet. Book clubs are making space for crochet clubs. The sky is the limit. From toys and everything cute, to sexy and fabulous clothing, bags and headgear. Get on board.
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