Here are 6 amazing facts about crochet, which I found fascinating. They will probably not make you a better crocheter, however it can enhance your admiration to this craft and promote a deeper connection if you would know that:

1. The word “CROCHET”

is thought to be derived from the French word “croc” or “croche”, meaning to hook. Crochet is known as sphepherd’s knitting in Scotalnd, pjoning in Norway, häkelarbeit in Germany and háčkování in Czechia.


2. Where the CROCHET came from?

Well, there is no single theory where the crochet technique originated. One is, that it originated in Arabia, spreading east to Tibet and west to Spain, from where it followed the Arab trade routes to other Mediterranean countries.

Another potential origin is from South America, where a primitive tribe was meant to have used crocheted ornamentation in ceremonies.

3. Mademoiselle Riego de la Blanchardiere – Irish crochet lace founder

The inventor if Irish crochet, Mademoiselle Riego de la Blanchardiere. She was the daughter of a Franco-Spanish nobleman and an Irish mother. She figured out how to make lace that resembled Venetian needlepoint, but that could be worked on a crochet hook, greatly speeding production. A seven-inch piece that took at least 200 hours to make with a needle could be crocheted in only (!) 20 hours. Now this technique is known under Irish crochet lace.

4. Ursuline Sisters – life savers


Ursuline sisters (religious institutes of the Catholic Church) set up crochet centres during potato Famine in Ireland in mid 1840s to alleviate the suffering around them.

The very first centre was at Blackrock in County Cork.  These centres produced crocheted items, which become very popular around the world ( and still probably are..)


5. Cuffs, collars & doileys


The very first items made by crocheting were cuffs, collars, edging for linen and doileys. In 1950s very first thicker yarn was used, which allowed to create a “granny square”.

These were used on bedspreads, throws and rugs.



6. Hooks

Standard crochet hooks come in a various sizes and wide range of colours and materials. Did you know that there are hooks made from:

  • aluminium
  • steel
  • wood
  • bamboo
  • plastic
  • wood
  • bone
  • ivory
  • Bakelite
  • and also from resin?


So did you know these facts already or did you learn something new today?



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