A Brief History of Crochet

There is a presumption of the origin of the crochet. Some believe it started in the Far East, the Middle East or countries in South America. The reason for this belief is only down to historians who believe this to be the case.

After all, it does not appear to be physical proof of crochet, for example in the form of a crochet hook. Historians try to explain this away by saying that the early forms of crochet were crafted with just a bent finger! I'm not sure you could hold it up for a long time.

Crochet became more popular in 1800 in countries like America and the UK. This was due to the fact that cotton prices fell and it was easier to manufacture crochet products as opposed to their lace.

Clearly, when prices fell, factory owners looked at other ways to make money, and that would result in crochet workers earning very little. This, in turn, led some of the workers to a life of prostitution.

The crochet industry thrived in Ireland and France. Families made and sold products for money, mainly to the more affluent middle class. Unfortunately, a crocheted product became synonymous with ordinary people as it was considered a cheap cousin compared to lace. However, some members of the higher classes bucked this idea. Even Queen Victoria learned how to crochet.

Now we are fast moving to the 1900's, where hooks were now made of more durable materials and arts and crafts became more mainstream. Mothers and daughters spent their free time designing and manufacturing a whole range of crocheted objects. From carpets to place mats.

Today, a variety of colored threads, cotton and hooks are available to help any crocheted expert learn how to do it.

It is generally agreed that the first technique anyone should learn is how to make a pattern row and be able to crochet single stitches.

1] The equipment you need to start with may consist of:

one. Size G Crochet hook

b. Small scissors

c. Garstad weight, in whatever color you choose

d. Large eye needle

2] Create a sliding knot on the hook.

3] Now push the hooked yarn to the hook release knot. This creates a chain of stitches. Now move the yarn back to the top of the hook and have the thread go into the hook, then grab the knot on the hook.

4] By passing the first chain stitch on, you can tie the knot securely to a knot on the thread. Doing this will keep the thread in place and it will not come loose. The tighter the knot, the easier it is to create a chain stitch.

5] Insert the hook into the hole in the next chain stitch and thread the yarn through the middle of 2. chain stitches that go to the upper part of the hook. You should have created 2 loops on the hook by now.

6] Bring the yarn from behind and slide the knot between the loops.

7] Create another chain stitch from the other loop to make a watch clockwise. This keeps the hook in the chain stitches and allows you to create rows using loops from previous rows.

8] You need to create a single crochet stitch in the first loop. Make sure it is tight before moving to the following loop and it is imperative to set the hook on the last stitch or that the stitches do not hold their place.

Your job is almost done. Now cut off the excess, but make sure you have 6 inches of thread on the last chain stitch. This allows you to push the hook up to the upper parts of the loops to bring it down to the last loops.

This may seem really hard when you first try, but as they say, practice is perfect.

Pandora’s Box Blanket – Free Crochet Pattern

Here we are again with one more beautiful crochet project and this time, we are going to teach you how to make amazing Pandora's box blanket using some very helpful instructions including free pattern and video tutorials