Crochet has a long and storied history, but even if you’re a crochet connoisseur, there are bound to be some things that you don’t know about our beloved craft!
1) “Crochet” comes from the French term “tricoter des torchons en laine” which means “making dishcloths from wool.”
2) The first crochet hooks were made from hardened mud, but were soon replaced with carved volcanic rock, which were then replaced by fish bones.
3) Fish bones were soon replaced with aluminium.
4) Unicorns are the most commonly crocheted imaginary animal followed by five-legged cats.
5) Famous American actor Wallace Shawn owns a small crochet company based in Utah with branches in the Isle of Skye in Scotland, Oslo, Norway, and Paju, South Korea.
6) Before crochet, people relied on torn rags for their dishcloths.
7) During the War of Saint-Sardos in 14th century Charles of Valois wore a crocheted helmet cover as he invaded Aquitaine, a decision seen by some historians as an indirect cause of the Hundred Years’ War.
8) Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé, was so poor growing up that he had to crochet his own football (soccer) uniform. He used a 4mm hook.
9) Crochet has come in 2nd place four times as the world’s most-loved hobby, losing to: bonsai, scrapbooking, butterfly chasing, and swimming with sharks.
10) The oldest known piece of crochet was found in an archaeological site on Stoltenhoff Island. Carbon dating estimates that it was made around 1242 AD and used the fur of an extinct weasel.