Crochet origin theories

The origins of crochet are fascinating

A Turkish tea glass filled with crochet hooks and a pair of vintage scissors.

Ah, the humble crochet hook…

How can such a simple tool enthrall a bazillion makers across the world? How can this little stick thingy be the source of serious addictions? 

This crochet addiction is one that few sufferers want to recover. No 12 step program for me yet I’m happy to proclaim, “Hello, my name is Toula and I’m a crochet addict. Touch my stick and you will suffer the consequences. You have been warned.”

The word crochet is the French word for “little hook“. The history of crochet and this little hook is a little sketchy. According to researcher, Lis Paludan there are 3 possible theories.

First theory is that it originated in Arabia, then spread to Tibet and westward to Spain, from where it followed the Arab trade routes to other Mediterranean countries.

The second theory is that it originated in South America, where an indigenous tribe was said to have used crochet adornments in rites of puberty. The third theory is that it originated in China where they found examples of three-dimensional dolls worked in crochet like stitches. 

Whatever the story I for one am grateful to suffer from this terminal hooky addiction. 

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