There are so many crafts in the world that are just waiting to be learned, but one of the best crafts out there is the art of crochet. Crochet doesn’t take much skill as it’s easy to learn, but the more advanced crochet patterns take more time to learn and perfect.
If you’re unfamiliar with crochet it “is a process of creating fabric from yarn, thread, or other material strands using a crochet hook.” You work yarn into loops forming a nice smooth chain. You then follow a pattern of any stitch you prefer. Those who are just learning to crochet start out with single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet and triple crochet. Once you learn the basics you can move to the more advanced stitches like the Tunisian stitch, the Bobble stitch and the Shell stitch. Each of these stitches is either worked in rows or rounds. The French word crochet ultimately means “hook”. There are also many hooks to choose from while working up your free crochet pattern.
Tunisian crochet hooks are among the popular choices. Tunisian hooks have two ends (double ended), much like a knitting needle; when worked loosely this makes a nice unique look to your design.
According to alitadesigns.com: “During the Renaissance, both peasant women and ladies of the court executed crochet work and also knotted work using several strands of thread (macrame), often producing lacelike fabrics. Much early crochet was made with fine, thin thread, producing imitations of European lace; one example is Irish lace, a variety of “crochet lace” introduced into Ireland about 1820 but also made throughout Europe, particularly in the Balkan states.” Nowadays softer yarn is used to make garments, bags, afghans. and more.
Did You Know?
Did you know one of our U.S. Presidents used to crochet? James Buchanan, president from 1857 to 1861 liked to crochet on his free time. Who would have thunk it? Some other famous crocheters are Madonna, Aretha Franklin, Eva Longoria, Bette Midler and Debra Norville, who by the way has her own yarn line.
The Evolution of Crochet  is just amazing!