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What Is Crocheting In Plain English?

Aug 17, 2007
While crocheting has not been around as long as the ancient craft of knitting, like many crafts, it has undergone a resurgence in popularity. The first evidence of crochet wasn't until the 19th century, as before then, people used more economical techniques to create fabric. Unlike sewing, crocheting developed as a leisure activity for women to create luxuries such as lace edgings, collars, and more. Today, crochet has a new look, as new fabrics, hooks, and yarns have become widely available.

Crochet differs from other types of sewing and needlework. While knitting loops yarn together with long needles, crocheting is a type of lace needlework that uses a hooked needle to interlock loops of a single thread. Hooks come in all sizes and shapes, and are often made out of aluminum or steel. The size and shape of the hook will effect the size of the stitch, and the size of the yarn also dictates the hook size.

Similar to knitting, crochet relies on basic stitches, and variations on the basic stitches. There are four main stitches. The first is the single crochet, which is the shortest stitch and creates a firm, flat effect. The three other basic stitches are the double crochet, half-double crochet, and the triple crochet. Crocheting starts with a foundation chain, a cross-stitched row that holds all stitches and succeeding rows.

The type of crochet yarn chosen will have a major effect on the finished product. Although there isn't a standard for yarn size, yarns vary from lightweight, such as what would be used for baby clothes, to bulky or extra bulky, which are ideal for rugs. Wool yarn is a good yarn to start with, as it is stretchable, and silk is also good choice, although it is more expensive. When following a pattern, it is important to make sure you are working at the right gauge the pattern specifies so you will be able to reproduce the pattern accurately. Normally a suggested hook size is recommended, which will help you keep the same gauge. However, you should always do a swatch first to make sure.

Learning to crochet can be a fun and engaging activity. While there is some terminology to become familiar with, and some equipment need for each project, it doesn't need to be overly complicated. Crochet also lends itself to small projects that can be completed in a few evenings, as well as more intense creations. If you are looking for a relaxing craft, crocheting can be rewarding.
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