International Crochet Day
Happy international crochet day! We're celebrating by looking into the history of this beautiful craft, and of course some fantastic patterns.
Crochet, the art of creating fabric by interlocking loops of yarn, has a long and colorful history. The origins of crochet are somewhat shrouded in mystery, but it is believed to have originated in the Middle East or South America, where people used it to create decorative items like lace and doilies.
As crochet gained popularity throughout Europe in the 19th century, it became associated with the aristocracy and was seen as a sign of refinement and good taste. Queen Victoria herself was a big fan of crochet and was known to spend many hours working on her own projects.
During World War I, crochet became more than just a hobby for many people - it became a way to support the war effort. Women would make blankets, socks, and other items for soldiers, and crochet clubs were formed to share patterns and tips.
In the 1960s and 70s, crochet experienced a resurgence in popularity thanks to the hippie movement. Crochet was seen as a way to create unique, handmade clothing and accessories, and many young people took up the craft as a form of self-expression.
Today, crochet is enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds, whether you're making a cozy blanket or a cute amigurumi toy, crochet is a fun and rewarding way to unleash your creativity and make something beautiful with your own two hands.