Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Crochet Anyone?

According to Wikipedia, crochet began back in the 1800's. Hmmm, I would have thought it started way earlier than that.

Crochet (pronounced /kroʊˈʃeɪ/) is a process of creating fabric from yarn or thread using a crochet hook. The word is derived from the French word "crochet", meaning hook. Crocheting, similar to knitting, consists of pulling loops of yarn through other loops. Crochet differs from knitting in that only one loop is active at one time (the sole exception being Tunisian crochet), and that a crochet hook is used instead of knitting needles. -- Wikipedia




See what you can do with a piece of string and a hook?

Resources for Crocheters:

  • Check out CrochetPatternCentral for a ton of patterns (most are free).
  • Crochet.org is home to the Crochet Guild of America where you'll find lot and lots of good info.
  • Want to learn how to crochet? Visit About.com to get started.
  • Visit your local public library for more resources.
  • And, of course, you can surf the net to find more good stuff.




Closeup Shot


I don't crochet anything fancy. Facecloths/dishcloths (see photos above) and an occasional scarf seem to be my complete crochet repertoire. Facecloths can be whipped up in a matter of minutes (less than an hour if you don't get interrupted). If you do get interrupted, it's not a big deal. You can put down the project and pick it back up and you don't even have to wonder where you left off. Just insert the hook, yarn over and move on. Easy. Peasy.  Try it!


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