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Sunday, July 5, 2009

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An early form of crochet was used in France and other Western European countries in the late 1700's. However, crocheting as we know it today did not become widely popular until the 1840's. At that time, books and women's magazines contained printed patterns for crocheted doilies, tablecloths, pillow covers, and edgings. Since the 1960's, people have explored the crochet technique and applied it to wall-hangings, window treatments, sculptures, and wearable art.

According to a study done by Research Inc. for Craft Yarn Council of America, 34 million women in 1994 crocheted or knitted. In 2002, some 38 million women do.
Although primarily thought of as a "woman's hobby," men are starting to crochet for its relaxing qualities and satisfying results. (Some men reportedly like to crochet because the stitches have a mathematical quality which leads them to artistic creations.)

Young children are taught the art of crocheting to increase their fine motor skills, aid in counting and instruction following, to bolster self-confidence, to introduce "quiet time," to learn a family tradition, and more.

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