Crochet 101 – a bit of background

Crochet: An Introduction


A brief history:

  • Crochet has historically been used to make both clothes and furnishings
  • The word crochet is believed to have come from the French word croc, meaning hook
  • Crochet is believed to have come from the middle east originally
  • In some parts of Scotland it is known as ‘shepherd’s knitting’
  • Lace style crochet is believed to have come from Italy in the 16th century
  • It was taught in Ireland, along with knitting and embroidery, in the early 19th century and became popular in America as people emigrated
  • Queen Victoria received gifts of Irish crochet lace and learnt how to crochet


  • Tunisian Crochet – This type of crochet uses very small stitches to produce a dense material, which can be patterned.
  • Broomstick Crochet -This type of crochet consists of crocheted ‘holes’ made using pins, with the size of the pin determining the size of the hole, to create an open fabric.
  • Filet Crochet – This is a type of imitation lace, which is usually patterned, using light and shade to create a design. This type of crochet is simple as it only uses 3 different stitches: chain, double and treble stitch, to create an open fabric consisting of square and empty spaces, known as bars and lacets.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.