Those who are crocheters know all the love that can be felt for the pieces that can be created with just a few skeins, needles, and talented hands. The art of crocheting is gaining more and more adepts around the world and remains strong for generations. We have brought you a list of curiosities and facts that will make you fall even more in love with this manual technique so beloved by artisans. Crochet, mon amour: The term crochet comes from French vocabulary and means hook. The word refers to the characteristic shape of the tip of the needle that is used to pull the threads. And this miraculous little hook helps us to make the most beautiful pieces, doesn’t it?
After all, where it all began: The origin of crochet is very contradictory. There are theories of the emergence of the technique in Europe, China, the Middle East and even in South America! Crochet became widespread from the 18th century, in Europe, with the creation of patterns that could be copied and the publication of books and magazines with charts. But it was in the 60s and 70s that crochet took off as a form of artistic expression, with the most diverse articles of clothing and decoration. Today, crochet has conquered homes and runways, and it is impossible not to be enchanted by each creation.
A world of possibilities – Speaking of creations, today you can crochet anything. But, really EVERYTHING! On the Internet we can find the most diverse (and unusual) pieces made from the technique. So, how far does your creativity go? Crochet for more than meters, did you know that the largest crocheted quilt has more than 11,000 m²? The record, registered in The Guinness World, was made by Subashri Natarajan, from India. She enlisted the help of about 1,000 people to crochet the hundreds of squares that make up the giant piece. The quilt is big enough to cover a soccer field! Crocheting a better world, through crochet it is possible to participate in social projects and bring hope and lightness to those facing difficult times. This is the case of the crocheted polvinhos, which help premature babies to feel warm and caressing during the time they need to stay in the incubator. Recently, a new project has won over the solidarity crocheters. The yarn wig is a playful way to restore self-esteem and bring joy to children fighting cancer. And you, have you ever thought of using your crochet to do good?
Crochet has no gender or age, who said that handicraft is a woman’s thing? Nowadays, the paradigms are left behind and we have the satisfaction of seeing men and women exercising jobs and hobbies that were once considered as something common to only one of the genders. The Circulo team has three super talented artisans in the art of crochet. Have you seen the work of Neddy Ghusmam, Mateus Moraes, and Oscar Menezes? It is worth checking them out! You may have heard of the crocheter boy, Júnior Silva. The 12-year-old boy collects followers on social networks and has already come to visit our factory! One more proof that in handicraft there is no room for prejudice. Crochet is good for your health; studies show that manual activity helps concentration, reasoning, and motor coordination, preventing diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Crochet also helps prevent depression. Handicraft also wards off depression and anxiety, reduces stress levels, and increases the levels of serotonin and dopamine, substances responsible for the sensations of well-being and pleasure. Crocheting is all good!
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