Crochet

Crochet is a type of handicraft that is similar to knitting, and the two are sometimes confused. Like knitting, crochet is the process of creating fabric from yarn or thread. Crochet uses one tool, called a hook (unlike knitting, which uses multiple needles). The basic process of crocheting involves looping yarn through itself to create chains and connect those chains in rows. The history of the needlework known as crochet is difficult to track down, because evidence of crafting using a single hook and thread has been found all over the world. Crochet can be used to create thick and warm clothing or blankets, or delicate and decorative lace like the ones on the doilies you see in the exhibit.