March is National Crochet Month and National Craft Month

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March is National Crochet Month.

What is crochet?

Crochet is a process of creating fabric using one hook and some type of strand material, such as yarn, thread, wire or plastic.  The crochet process is pulling loops of material through other loops by wrapping material one or more times around a hook.

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Crochet wire necklace by Silva*Wear.

There are various sizes of hooks, as you can see I have quite a collection. The size of the hook and by using different weights of material one can create different effects, from lacy to thicker material. 

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Only one stitch is active at one time and only one needle is used at one time, except for Tunisian crochet and broomstick lace (some of my favorite). 

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Example of Tunisian crochet.

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Broomstick lace scarf.

Crochet can be traced back to the 19th century, but some believe that crochet work goes back further in history.  Irish crocheted lace has been credited as an alternative source of income for the Irish during the Great Irish Famine.  Crochet is worked in various forms around the world.

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If you want to learn how to crochet there are instructional books, classes, and great You Tube videos.  These videos cover simple beginning crochet stitches to more advance stitches like the crocodile stitch.  But, probably one of the best ways to learn how to crochet is by working with someone who knows how to crochet.

This month is also National Craft Month and I notice a lot of the craft stores are having special sales.

Happy crocheting and crafting,

Dee

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