Crochet, French for hook, is a style of needlework using a hook like needle to form a chain of interlocking loops. Origins have been traced back to Europe in the early 1800's. Woman found crocheting to be an inexpensive alternative to the then popular, but costly, lacework. The crocheting process begins by making a slipknot, a type of knot, which allows the thread to pass easily through the knot, on the hook end of the needle. One continues by making a chain of connecting loops, threading one loop through the next, and
so on, to create simple or intricate patterns.
There are numerous patterns, shapes and
designs that can easily be followed.