Free Pattern – Single Crochet Chevron Blanket #crochet
Crochet is a work of art made with a hook made of thread or yarn. With it you can make beautiful doilies, decorations, blankets and even clothes. Learning the art does not require much, except maybe a little patience and hand coordination. It has become quite popular today, but nobody seems to know exactly where and when it originated.
However, there are theories that it comes from Mediterranean countries, South America or China. Others suggest that it existed in the 16th century and was known as Nunnery or Nunnery.
There is another theory that lace was crocheted from Egyptian tombs by turning cotton pieces between the fingers and making the loops by hand. Thread from Egyptian tombs should also be crocheted similarly.
However, there is no evidence that crocheting existed before the 19th century. The earliest evidence of crochet, as we know it today, dates back to the 19th century, when it became popular in Europe. "Shepherd's Knitting" from "The Memoirs of a Highland Lady" by Elizabeth Grant from 1812 is the earliest written reference to crochet. The first samples were published in 1824.
In France it was called "Crochet Lace" and in England "Chain Lace". Today, the French, Belgians, Italians and Spaniards call it Crochet. In Holland it's called hook, haekling in Denmark, hekling in Norway and virkning in Sweden. Crochet comes from the word croc or croche, the Middle French word for hook. The Old Norse word for hook is krokr.
In the early cultures, they crocheted with a bent index finger instead of using a hook. The early hooks ranged from curved needles in a cork handle to beautifully crafted silver, brass, steel, ivory and bone hooks with a variety of handles.
At some point crocheting was only for the rich. beautiful home decor and dress to make. The poor were expected to knit basic needs such as socks and basic clothes. The rich did not want them to experiment with crochet, fearing that the poor would fall behind in their work for the rich.
In the 1800s in the UK, America and France, crochet was used as a cost-effective substitute for other lace.
Crocheting remained popular until the mid-1970s, then began to decline, but regained popularity in the 21st century.