Crocheting

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Crocheting Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    crocheting n
  1. needlework done by interlocking looped stitches with a hooked needle [syn: crochet]
  2. creating a garment of needlework
Crocheting Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Crochet \Cro*chet"\, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Crocheted (sh[=a]d"); p. pr. & vb. n. Crocheting (-sh[=a]"[i^]ng).] To knit with a crochet needle or hook; as, to crochet a shawl.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Crocheting'


Crochet (pronounced /kroʊˈʃeɪ/) is a process of creating fabric from yarn using a crochet hook. The word is derived from the French word "crochet", meaning hook. Crocheting, similar to knitting, consists of pulling loops of yarn through other loops. Crochet differs from knitting in that only one loop is active at one time (the sole exception being Tunisian crochet), and that a crochet hook is used instead of knitting needles.

Some point to the "simplicity" of the technique and claim that it "must" have been early.

Other writers point out that woven, knit and knotted textiles survive from very early periods, but that there are no surviving samples of crocheted fabric in any ethnological collection, or archeological source prior to 1800. These writers point to the tambour hooks used in tambour embroidery in France in the 18th century, and contend that the hooking of loops through fine fabric in tambour work evolved into "crochet in the air." Most samples of early work claimed to be crochet turn out to actually be samples of nålebinding. Donna Kooler identifies a problem with the tambour hypothesis: period tambour hooks that survive in modern collections cannot produce crochet because the integral wing nut necessary for tambour work interferes with attempts at crochet.

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