Origins of Crochet... There are indeed more and more people getting hooked into this hobby. But do you know where this hobby actually started and when? There are a number of articles released talking about the history of this not-so-easy-to-learn needle craft.
But almost all of those do not exactly say when crocheting actually began. It might really be difficult to trace back the roots of this hobby.
However, there are some researches that suggest that crochet must have developed from Chinese needlework and reached Europe in 1700s. But many still believe the possibility of it being started as early as the 1500s. It seems likely that the earliest crochet was made using fingers rather than hooks.
Some say shepherds were the first to crochet using bits of wool shed by sheep to make “threads” or (yarn). Twigs and small branches were fashioned into “hooks” so they could make things to keep themselves warm while out in the fields. Could crochet really be over 2000 years old?? Many theorize that knitted and crochet items survived in the early period of imperialism.
Many communities in this era used this kind of industry as their main source of living. The crocheted and knitted products were mostly purchased by the middle class society.
But no matter when and where crochet started, it is still making its name again in the arts and crafts scene and gaining fame to most people all over the world.
- When working back and forth in rows, left-handed crocheters work their stitches from left to right, and right-handed crocheters work from right to left.
- When working in rounds, left-handed crocheters work to the right (counter clockwise) and right-handed crocheters work to the left (clockwise).
- When working back and forth in rows, the finished crochet work will look exactly the same for both right and left, except for where the work was fastened off (ended).
- When working in rounds, the finished crochet work will look different for left and right-handed crocheters. Some people actually prefer the look of crocheting-in-the-round done by left-handed crocheters, while others think it looks backwards!
3. At all times, you should try out a sample then adjust the size of the hook either down or up to reach the gauge required.
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