crochet

[kroh-shey; British kroh-shey, -shee]
noun
1.
needlework done with a needle having a small hook at one end for drawing the thread or yarn through intertwined loops.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), crocheted [kroh-sheyd; British kroh-sheyd, -sheed] , crocheting [kroh-shey-ing; British kroh-shey-ing, -shee-ing] .
2.
to form by crochet.

Origin:
1840–50; < French: knitting needle, literally, small hook, diminutive of croche, croc < Middle English or Scandinavian. See crook1, -et

crocheter [kroh-shey-er; British kroh-shey-er, -shee-] , noun
well-crocheted, adjective
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crochet (ˈkrəʊʃeɪ, -ʃɪ)
 
vb , -chets, -cheting, -cheted
1.  to make (a piece of needlework, a garment, etc) by looping and intertwining thread with a hooked needle (crochet hook)
 
n
2.  work made by crocheting
3.  architect another name for crocket
4.  zoology a hooklike structure of insect larvae that aids locomotion
 
[C19: from French crochet, diminutive of croc hook, probably of Scandinavian origin]
 
'crocheter
 
n

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Word Origin & History

crochet
1846, from Fr. crochet, dim. of croc "hook," from O.N. krokr "hook." So called for the hooked needle used.
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crochet

craft that developed in the 19th century out of a form of chain-stitch embroidery done with a hook instead of a needle. In crochet work the hook is used, without a foundation material, to make a texture of looped and interlinked chains of thread. In the late 1840s crochet was introduced into Ireland as a famine relief measure. In southern Ireland the industry centred in Cork, in northern Ireland at Clones in County Monaghan. As it became more sophisticated, crochet work approximated lace, antique laces such as gros point de Venise, or Venetian raised lace, being successfully imitated

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Example sentences
Come spring it will be time to haul out the crochet hooks to judge by the stuff
  designers are sending out onto the catwalks.
Armed with yarn and crochet hooks, yarn bombers bring warmth to everything from
  public statues to trees and lampposts.
After a discussion on coral reefs and marine conservation, audience members may
  participate in a crochet workshop.
She's using a fat dowel stick and her hands as a crochet hook.
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