The Dutch called it Haken and the Spanish called it Labor de Ganchillo, but today the word, with its roots in medieval French Croc or croche meaning Hook, has come to signify one of the most popular fabric hobby for men and women across the globe. This is because even an increasing number of men are now turning to this highly structured and organized craft for finding creative satisfaction.
Crochet is basically a series of interlocking loops of thread into a chain to create brightly colored patterns. These patterned patches can then be given various forms like table covers, tote bags, hats and baby dresses. A single chain of loops is created, with each new loop catching the thread and pulling it through the previous loop. Once the chain is completed, the thread is turned starting a second chain. Some popular stitches are Chain, Single, Half Double, Double, Popcorn, and Cluster.
Branded as `the commoners` lace`, its inherent simplicity and beauty has ensured its longevity and currency as a fashionable fabric in every century. Easy, affordable and fun, this hobby has many takers and a resounding Internet presence.