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 as we know it Crochet as we know it today has its origin in the 16th century, and one of the most accepted theories about its beginning shows that it started in Arabia, in the Middle East, reaching the world due to the Mediterranean trade routes, becoming extremely popular among tribes in South America. The other theory already indicates that its origin was in China, after all, they made dolls with the same technique, as far as everything shows, before there were indications in the Middle East.
- Crochet, mon amour! The term crochet comes from the 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 did it all start? The origin of crochet is very contradictory. There are theories that the technique appeared 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 is over 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 comfortable and cared for 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 handicrafts are a woman thing? Nowadays, paradigms are left behind and we have the satisfaction of seeing men and women exercising jobs and hobbies that were once considered common to only one gender. 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!
- Crochet is good for your health! – Studies prove that the manual activity helps concentration, reasoning, and motor coordination, preventing diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Crochet is good for your health. 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!
- Crochet is also good for your pocket! – Nowadays, handicrafts are a great source of income. There are those who use handicrafts to earn extra money and also those who dedicate themselves full-time to the needles and yarns. The fact is that crochet is on the rise and is the perfect opportunity to make your pocket happy. Not sure how to charge for your pieces? The video below has some great tips to add value to your work:
So, have you given in to the charms of this versatile handicraft? So, needles and yarns in hand, you can start crocheting now!
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