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[kroh-shey; British kroh-shey, -shee] /kroʊˈʃeɪ; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪ, -ʃi/
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] /kroʊˈʃeɪd; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪd, -ʃid/ (Show IPA),
[kroh-shey-ing; British kroh-shey-ing, -shee-ing] /kroʊˈʃeɪ ɪŋ; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪ ɪŋ, -ʃi ɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
to form by crochet.
Origin of crochet
1840-50; < French: knitting needle, literally, small hook, diminutive of croche, croc < Middle English or Scandinavian. See crook1, -et
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[kroh-shey-er; British kroh-shey-er, -shee-] /kroʊˈʃeɪ ər; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪ ər, -ʃi-/ (Show IPA),
well-crocheted, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for crochet
  • 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.
  • She also showed granny knits and a skirt made of the sort of crochet circles of a homemade afghan.
  • It is even cool to dabble in pottery, needlework, crochet or other recherché art forms.
  • It consists of a rope web filled with contrasting crochet patterns.
  • Even crochet looked as though it was part of this drowned world.
  • It is a small group that gets together weekly to crochet anything out of yarn for donations and fundraisers.
  • And, generally speaking, crochet technique produces fabric faster than knitting.
British Dictionary definitions for crochet


/ˈkrəʊʃeɪ; -ʃɪ/
verb -chets (-ʃeɪz; -ʃɪz), -cheting (-ʃeɪɪŋ; -ʃɪɪŋ), -cheted (-ʃeɪd; -ʃɪd)
to make (a piece of needlework, a garment, etc) by looping and intertwining thread with a hooked needle (crochet hook)
work made by crocheting
(architect) another name for crocket
(zoology) a hooklike structure of insect larvae that aids locomotion
Derived Forms
crocheter, noun
Word Origin
C19: from French crochet, diminutive of croc hook, probably of Scandinavian origin
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Word Origin and History for crochet

1840, from French crochet (12c.), diminutive of croc "hook," from Old Norse krokr "hook" (see crook). So called for the hooked needle used.


1858, from crochet (n.). Related: Crocheted; crocheting.

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