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March is National Crochet Month

Posted by sara1955 on March 4, 2009

So, let’s all learn something.  I’ve always heard that when you become a teacher, you become your own best student.  I’m usually a one-on-one teacher, but I’m flexible <grin>.  So, I’m ready to learn a little more about crochet history.  This is a very brief overview.

Most needlework as we know it has been around for centuries.  That isn’t true for crochet.  As a matter of fact, crochet has an elusive history.

According to my Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, crochet is defined as:

     (as a noun) needlework consisting of interlocked looped stitches formed with a single thread and a hooked needle.
     (etymology) French, from croche “hook,” of Scandinavian origin.
     (as a verb) to make of or work with crochet.

Sailors whiled away time making nets with knots.  There have been reported depictions on ancient shards of pottery of chain-like strings.  I’ve even read reports of “finger-hooking” or “making lace in the air”.  Crochet may have disintegrated so that it is unrecognizable in excavations on ancient sites.  There is no definitive answer on ancient crocheting, nor is there accepted evidence, as of this writing, of crochet before the 1800s.

During the potato famine, nuns, who previously taught knitting and lace-making to the poor for cottage industries, began teaching crochet to those same people.  Crochet mimicked lace borders and European laces.  As these peasants immigrated to the US, they brought their skills.  Pioneer women walking or riding with their wagons would work on crochet to decorate their new homes in the West.  Notables were crocheting as well; Queen Victoria was seen crocheting in public.

Crochet seemed to almost disappear from view in our more recent times.  Today, crochet is “hot” again.  Lacey designs, baby items and warm comforters grace our homes again.  We warm our elderly and cuddle our babies in afghans.

Crochet has evolved with the times.  Cro-tat, crochenit, Tunisian crochet (previously known as the afghan stitch with an afghan hook) and filet crochet (one of the older forms of crochet) keep our creative juices flowing and our fingers busy.  In this month of National Crochet Month celebrations, I challenge each crocheter to teach someone special simple stitches.  I also challenge my fellow chrocheters to learn and grown in his or her own craft.

Remember, the teacher is the best student.

Want to learn more?  Try these links:
     Crochet Guild of America:
          Teacher resources:  http://www.crochet.org/teach/toc.html 
          Crochet History:  http://www.crochet.org/newslet/nl0997a.html 
     Crochet stitches:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_crochet_stitches

Happy Hooking, fellow crocheters!

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2 Responses to “March is National Crochet Month”

  1. Fatema said

    Interesting blog.

  2. digipicsphotography said

    Interesting info. I’ve been teaching several online friends some crochet projects. It’s not as easy as it seems. Most patterns are written for the experienced crocheter. So I really had to screw my thinking cap on extra tight to figure out how to present the instructions in a way that beginners could understand. But it’s all worth it if there is one more yarn and thread junkie in the world.

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