Crochet is a process of creating fabric from yarn or thread using a crochet hook. The word crochet derives from the French word 'crochet' meaning 'hook'. Crochet, like knitting, consists of pulling loops through other loops but additionally incorporates wrapping the working material around the hook one or more times.
Indicators are that crochet was first introduced in the 19th century. The first written reference to crochet can be found in The Memoirs of a Highland Lady by Elizabeth Grant published in the early 1800s. By the early 1840s instructions for crochet were being published in England. These early patterns called for cotton and linen thread for lace, and wool yarn for clothing, often in vivid colour combinations.
The craft remained primarily a homemaker's art until the early 1970s when a new generation picked up on crochet and popularised granny squares. Although crochet underwent a subsequent decline in popularity it has since seen a revival of interest in recent years.
Here are some great examples of crochet work from members of the Dust team.