Who invented crochet?

The history of crocheting - origins and basics

The history of crocheting goes back a long way. Some historianssuspect that fishing nets for hunting represented the fundamentals of the technology. The first printed crochet patterns did not appear until the beginning of the 19th century.

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The origin of crocheting: stable nets

The technique of crocheting is quite simple and relatively quick to learn. Historians therefore assume that humans could have worked with this technology a very long time ago. Unlike today, according to the theory of the history of crocheting, back then it was not about designing beautiful things for the household. Rather, the crocheting of nets had a very practical meaning: humans were on the move as hunters and could make rich prey with stable nets. The assumption is that the crocheting technique known today could have developed on the basis of these principles. (Crochet pot holders: the classic for beginners)

Parallel development on all continents

If you look at the history of crocheting, you will make an astonishing discovery: unlike many other techniques, crocheting did not just originate in one place and spread from there - rather, crocheting was carried out on all continents at the same time. So a number of people must have had the idea and thought up the basics of the technology. Another interesting detail: there is still no crochet machine to this day. So wherever crocheting is done, it is still done by hand. (Tunisian crochet - a special technique)

The first printed crochet patterns

For a long time, the history of crocheting has been shaped by oral traditions. The basics were passed on from generation to generation; there were no written records. As we know today, that didn't change until the early 19th century. The oldest known crochet patterns that appeared in print date back to 1820. At that time, a Dutch newspaper published the instructions.