Tuesday, 30 June 2009

The History of Crocheting

I thought it would be intresting to find out more about crocheting,so iddi a search online.Now ill share it with you:)Did you know the word crochet comes from the french word croche meaning hook?



There is no clear way of telling where crochet originadet in.Some have theorys that it evolved from other traditional crafts from Aribia,South America or china.Only from the 1800 on ward(this was is popularity in europe) can it be trached.The earliest written refrence to crochet refers to shepards knitting in 1812.The dutch magazine penelope published the first crochet pattern in 1824.Some other theorys are that crochet was in fact used by early cultures, but insteade of a hook they used a bent forefinger, so therefore there are no artifacts to prove it.
Any way what ever it origin its fun to do.
In the 19 century crochet becaim an easier and cheaper way of making lace.During the great irish famine (1845-1849)nuns taught local women and children how to crochet .It was the shipped all across europe and america and was perchased due to its beauty and to give money and help to the irish.
Hooks ranged from the primitve bent needle in cork handle, used by poor irish laceworkers to expensive hooks made from silver,brass, ivory and bone.By the 1840s many patterns where being published requering cotton and linen thread for lace and wool yarn for clothing.

Early history

Around the world crochet became a thriving cottage industry espaccily in france and irland.Supporting communities whos lives had been damaged through wars and crop failures.The finished iteams were purchased many by the emerging middle class.But crochets luck changed soon it was called a comman copy of lace work.Until Queen Victoria killed this inpressinon as she always bought irish made crochet lace and even learned how to cochet herself.

Modern Practise

During the edwardian period crochet lace became even more complex.
After World War 1 fever crochet patterns where published due to the lack of yarn(crochet uses twice as much as knitting).
After World War 2 there was a reupcome of all crafts including crochet.The craft stayed a homemakers art until the new generation picked it up and populized the granny square and came up with many more amazing patterns in the early 1970, which is also when the bright colours came in.

So next time you crochet just think about what a mysterious and for the irish live saving craft you are working on.
All the information is from Wikipedia, i have just filterd out what i think is intresting and rewritten it in a new way:).

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