There is more to crochet than meets the eye. Not only is crochet a fun hobby, there are in fact a whole host of interesting facts about crochet that are intriguing and fascinating at the same time. Although these insights will not improve my crochet technique they sure have given me some food for thought. Let me share some of these interesting facts with you.
Did you know…
The word crochet is derived from the Middle French word croc or croche, meaning hook.
It is believed that the earliest forms of crochet were created using a bent finger instead of a hook.
Do you know why most crocheters in earlier years held the crochet hook in their hand like a pencil? In the 1800s, this hand positioning was thought to be more feminine and graceful. Many crocheters now hold their hooks in the palms of their hands (often called the “knife hold”) to reduce carpal tunnel syndrome.
This beautiful hand crafted crochet hook is available from Yarn in a Barn
The first published crochet pattern appeared in 1824 in a Dutch magazine called “Penelope”
The granny square originally published in 1897 by the Weldon Company (London) is one of the longest crochet patterns in print
Queen Victoria of England (1837-1901) crocheted and contributed to the craft’s early popularity
A double crochet stitch is 4 times the height of a knit stitch
Crochet uses 1/3 more yarn than knitting
Crochet lace saved many families during the Great Irish Famine (1845-1849) by providing a steady income for impoverished Irish workers who sold their handiwork to rich English Aristocrats
The earliest written reference to crochet didn’t appear until 1812. Crochet didn’t become the widely popular craft we know today until the 1840s.
Crochet patterns have an underlying mathematical structure and have been used to illustrate shapes in hyperbolic geometry that are difficult to reproduce using other media or are difficult to understand when viewed. (Read our blog post on the mathematics of crochet)
One of the U.S. Presidents used to crochet? James Buchanan, president from 1857 to 1861 liked to crochet on his free time. Who would have thought that?
I hope you found these interesting facts as fun and insightful as I have. If you have any insights about crochet, yarn or even knitting share these with us on our Facebook page.
keep on learning and have a fabulous week!