History of crocheting

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History of crocheting

  1. 1. History of Crochet
  2. 2. Why Knit or Crochet?     It has a calming effect -- helps relieve stress. It feels good to work with beautiful yarn colors and textures. It’s a social activity to share with your friends and family. Provides a sense of accomplishment when you complete a project.
  3. 3. Knit   Knitting has long been the favorite technique for garment-making because of the detailing and color patterning that is possible, and the supple, drape-able fabric the stitches produce. The two basic stitches--knit and purl--can be worked alone or together and form the basis of dozens of designs as well as other stitches.
  4. 4. Crochet    Crochet is an extremely versatile and popular technique for making a variety of fashion and home decor accessories. By combining basic crochet stitches and lighter weight or softer yarns, you create a delicate, drape-able fabric; a thicker yarn produces a sturdy fabric. Beautiful textured and raised stitches are especially easy to make in crochet.
  5. 5. Crochet Process  Crocheted stitches are created with a single hook, working in the top loops of the previous row, and essentially twisting the thread in a constant looping series.
  6. 6. Crochet Beginnings    “Crochet” is French for “Hook” Yes, it is repetitive to say “Crochet Hook”, because we are really saying “Hook, Hook” Historians disagree as to when Crochet came into being, as no records or artifacts exist prior to the 1800s
  7. 7. Earliest Evidence Nålebinding - Danish for “needle-binding”  These 4th Century sandal socks were discovered in Egypt, and were worn by Coptic Christians  A cross between knitting and crocheting 
  8. 8. Similar Techniques    Pamir Jurabs – thick socks in crochet-like manner Tambouring – Chinese chaining technique on fabric Finger Crochet – no hooks utilized
  9. 9. Queen Victoria’s Stamp of Approval   1800s sees crochet as a cheaper, quicker alternative to making lace Viewed as for the lower-classes, until Queen Victoria purchased some Irish crochet, learned the techniques herself, and began a campaign to send crocheted mufflers (scarves) to soldiers in the Boer War
  10. 10. Edwardian Age  Fashion demanded masses of lace – usually white – which could be produced easily and economically at home through crochet
  11. 11. 1930s   Art Deco was all the rage, and crochet was used primarily for children and babies garments, christening gowns, gloves and blankets. The Great Depression prompted more economical means of producing goods for the home and to wear
  12. 12. WW II     Yarn was rationed during World War II Crochet used slightly more yarn than knitting The government printed knitting patterns to encourage the manufacture of items for the military Crochet seemed to be doomed as wasteful
  13. 13. 1960s & 1970s  Crochet surges back into popularity, this time with bright colors and thicker yarns
  14. 14. 1980s   Crochet takes a nose-dive, as the economy improves and consumers seek manufactured, store-bought goods Crochet and Knitting are eliminated from school curriculum, and with no one to teach it and no generation to learn, it appeared both skills might be extinct
  15. 15. Today    Both Crochet and Knitting are enjoying a renaissance Nostalgic adults have a desire to recapture their childhood memories of grandmothers working with hook and needles Celebrities embrace needlework in fashion and in their personal lives

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