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10 facts about the history of crocheting

Crocheting is a relaxed and creative hobby. It's just great to create an individual piece.

Have you ever thought about where crocheting comes from or what developments this craft has undergone?

I have gathered 10 facts about the history of crocheting for you.

1. Compared to knitting, embroidery or lace making, crocheting is a very young handicraft technique. It was not until the 18th century that there was first real evidence of crocheted structures.

2. There are many theories about exactly where crochet was invented - and how it began. Some assume that the technology stems from the Arab culture and came to Europe via trade routes. Another theory is that crochet was invented in China.

3. The crocheting probably originates from a certain embroidery technique - the tampour embroidery. Silk, gold or silver threads were pulled through a very fine fabric. Instead of an ordinary point, the drum needle has a small hook with which the thread is pulled through the fabric. It is conceivable that crocheting developed as tambour embroidery without fabric.

4. The drum needles were called “crochets” in France, based on the word “croc” (hook). To this day, crochet is the English name for crocheting.

5. The first crochet pattern appeared in Amsterdam in 1824. The magazine was called Penelope and contained instructions for a crocheted bag. A drum needle was specified as the tool.

6. The first known stitch of the crochet technique is the slip stitch. The instructions from 1824 are only worked in slip stitches. The chain mesh and the fixed mesh were not added until 1835.

7. The first crochet pieces were not worked back and forth - at first only the row was worked and the threads were cut at the ends. In 1846 the first instructions for pieces that are worked in continuous series appear.

8. Irish women made money for a living in the 1840s by making and selling fine crochet items. The Irish lace goes back to this time, for which there are still numerous (modern) instructions.

9. After both world wars, the interest in handicrafts was generally rather low - most of the instructions from this period were simplified new editions of instructions from the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. It was not until the 1960s and 1970s that the technology was “rediscovered” and the granny squares, which are still popular today, came into fashion.

10. In 2005, crocheting and embroidery made it into the ranks of street art - a group of guerrilla knitters distributed the first yarn bombs in Texas.

Do you know another fact that should definitely not be missing here? Please leave me a comment so that I can add something to the whole thing. [Icon name = “comments-o“ class = ““ unprefixed_class = ““]


by Jasmin | 14 comments

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14 Comments on 10 Facts About The History of Crocheting

  1. So these are very interesting facts, dear Jasmin! Somehow I have never even thought about where crocheting comes from ... Above all, I am amazed that crocheting is not that old - I would have thought it has been around for a lot longer =) Fortunately, it was "invented" = )
    I wish you a wonderful afternoon
    lg Debby

  2. I find the fact that it took a relatively long time to come up with the idea of ​​simply turning around at the end of the row is very amusing 😀
    Well, I guess you're often just too cerebral.

    Thanks for the history lesson!
    best regards

    • Well, when you consider where crocheting originated, it's not surprising - after all, you didn't need that when you were embroidering.
      best regards

  3. Thanks for the suggestions.
    Must give a presentation about it

  4. In Turkey it has long been customary for girls to crochet all sorts of borders and braids for their trousseau, so that future mothers-in-law could assess how diligent and skillful they are. It was made from the thinnest of thread, whole blankets edged, towels and headscarves, huge blankets with needle size 0, something crocheted in months of work. These borders are called “Dantel” in Turkey - a French word. Ottoman princesses arguably started this work in the palaces before it was imitated as a virtue by the people. But the origin of the name "Dantel" testifies to the origin in France.

    • Hello Anette,
      wow, thank you very much for this cool fact! Yes, framing fabric or crocheting borders is an extremely long-lasting thing and was also considered to be very valuable.

      best regards

  5. Thanks for the lesson, it was very interesting. Greetings from Margret

  6. Hello!

    Do you have any source references for the facts?
    (Should also give a presentation about it)

    best regards

  7. Thank you, more of it! wanted to find a documentary. Super interesting!
    Incidentally, Dentelle wrote 🙂