To this day, no one knows what started the history of crocheting. One thing can be said: this handicraft is very ancient. Proof of this are the finds of archaeologists in Egyptian tombs. The knitting patterns themselves, unfortunately, have hardly survived to our days, but only left traces of their existence. For example, a pattern was found on the wall of one tomb, on which a woman puts on knitted socks. This image is about 4 thousand years old!
In the other tomb was found a children’s sock, and a very interesting form – his thumb was knitted separately. This means that even then, in the III-IV c. n e., socks knitted for the convenience of wearing them with sandals. And with such shoes, as you know, there was a strap between your fingers, like with modern “flip-flops”.
The history of crochet allows you to touch it in specialized museums around the world. There you can see multicolored silk dresses, decorative belts, socks and stockings, sweaters, fancy laces and much more. And the age of some things is very impressive. One of them is several centuries old, and the other is several thousand years old.
In Europe, the history of crochet began around the 9th century. It is believed that it originated thanks to the Copts – Egyptian Christians. These missionaries, visiting Europe, took knitted items with them, which attracted the attention of local residents. Knitted things then could afford extremely rich people. For example, the cost of a pair of silk stockings was equal to the annual earnings of the royal shoemaker. Only in the XV-XVI centuries, the production of knitted products was put on stream. Created a huge shop for the production of stockings, socks, jackets, hats. And it is worth noting that only men were hired to work for them. A little later, women also became involved in this craft.
However, despite the factory production of knitwear, crochet did not give up their positions. History shows that homemade work has always been valued much higher. Although crocheting required more time and considerable effort, things made in this way turned out to be unique and inimitable. Moreover, the machine that can imitate it, while no one has invented it.
It still remains a mystery from which began the history of crochet in Russia. One thing is known that they were engaged in this kind of needlework here for a very long time, before the eleventh century. Knit mostly villagers. To do this, they used threads of sheep wool and made warm clothes: socks, stockings, sweaters, mittens, etc.
For a long time, crochet technology has never been fixed. Every nation had its own secrets and methods. And only in 1824 in a Dutch magazine "Penlope" For the first time, the ways of making drawings and patterns were presented. Thus, crochet has been standardized. After, at the end of the XIX century, two systems of designation were created: American and British. They are used in our days.
Crochet has not lost its relevance today. In this way, not only wardrobe items are created, but also home interior is decorated. Modern craftsmen crochet napkins, blankets, lampshades, tablecloths. Even mobile phones and other gadgets such craftsmen manage to “dress up” in exclusive cases.
Knitting for children is considered no less popular. Crochet turns to create a particularly cute lace caps and booties, dresses and blouses. On the needles of this can not bind, and even more such products can not be bought in stores. Also, knitting for children is good because it does not require a large number of threads and does not take much time.