There are many reasons why people love crocheting.
First, crocheting is therapeutic. Because of its soothing, rhythmic movements, many studies have shown positive results for people suffering from chronic depression, Alzheimer's disease, dementia and schizophrenia. Crocheting is also for ordinary ordinary people who simply enjoy the feeling of doing something with their after work, idle time. Crocheting relieves stress and muscle tension after a hard day at the office, as crocheting easily removes the mind from work and draws you deeper into a lonely hobby where you can gather your thoughts as you let your fingers and crochet hook do their work.
Yarn colors also have positive effects on the eyes. Colors in soft, fuzzy materials give a distraction to the cold, hard and shiny screens of your office machines that you've been staring at all day.
Apart from the psychological and emotional benefits of crocheting, it also provides material benefits. I have known three housewives who have been crocheting, first as a hobby, and then to the business of making sweatshirts, shawls and pillows in different designs and different colors. Of course, income may not be as high as when you sell hot dogs during the baseball season, but it adds a significant amount of cash to household income, not to mention the personal satisfaction of having been able to ship and sell your own craft in small, local stores. Other items that can be made by crocheting are cell phone bags, fashion bag parts, tablecloths and bases.
Crocheting can also bind people. It provides a healthy place for women and even young girls to meet to share thoughts and exchange views while exchanging crochet patterns. It is both a social as well as a solitary hobby. While some people like to meet friends through this common interest, some people are also more comfortable working independently of their crochet, and their work comes off just fine.
Most of all, crochet people enjoy the fact that stitch tools are small and practical and can easily be held in purses to take out when a good crochet routing is required.
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Crocheting is artwork done with a hook using thread or yarn. With it you can make beautiful doilies, decorations, blankets and even clothing. It doesn't take much to learn the art, except maybe some patience and hand coordination. It has become quite popular today, but no one seems to know for sure where and when it originated.
But there are theories that it originated in Mediterranean countries, South America or China. Others theorize that it existed in the 1500's and was known as nun's work, or nun's lace.
There is another theory that lace from Egyptian tombs was crocheted by twisting pieces of cotton between the fingers and making the loops by hand. Thread from Egyptian tombs is also thought to be similar to crochet.
However, there is no evidence that crochet existed before the 1800's. The earliest evidence of crochet as we know it today goes back no further than the 1800's when it became popular in Europe. "Shepherd's Knitting" from "The Memoirs of a Highland Lady," by Elizabeth Grant in 1812 is the earliest written reference to crochet. The first patterns were published in 1824.
In France it was known as "Crochet Lace," and in England it was "Chain Lace." Today the French, Belgians, Italians, and Spanish-speaking people call it crochet. In Holland they call it crochet, in Denmark its crochet, in Norway its called crochet and in Sweden it's called effect. Crochet comes from the word croc, or croche, the Middle French word for hook. The Old Norse word for hook is hooker.
In the early cultures they crocheted with a bent forefinger, instead of using a hook. The early hooks ranged from bent needles in a cork handle to beautifully crafted silver, brass, steel, ivory and bone hooks with a variety of handles.
At one point in time crochet was considered only for the wealthy; to make beautiful home décor and dress. The poor were expected to knit the basic needs such as socks and simple clothing. The wealthy did not want them to experiment with crochet because they feared the poor would fall behind in their work when working for the wealthy.
In the 1800's in Britain, America and France, crochet was used as a less expensive substitute for other lace.
Crochet remained popular through the mid-1970s, then began to decline, but has made its way back into popularity in the 21st century.