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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.
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 crocheted
  • When they grew tired of its novelty, they crocheted again until they came to the next prize.
  • Knit or crocheted, they transform what would otherwise be discarded into cozy winter accessories that brighten the dreariest days.
  • Visitors can find everything from handmade soaps and lotions to carefully crocheted afghans and doilies.
  • They wore sackcloth tunics and fishnet shirts studded with crocheted pouches that were supposed to stop bullets.
  • He was wearing a white robe with a brown suède vest and a white crocheted skullcap.
  • The gown had a thousand flounces and a saucy bodice of crocheted lace.
  • It is then crocheted into sleeping mats for the homeless.
  • The crocheted pieces will be connected with wire to create sculptural art jewelry to be worn anywhere on the arm.
  • The backside is made of a crocheted fabric featuring a rounded cut-out at the lower knuckle area.
  • Lin spins and plies the yarn she uses for her knitted and crocheted scarves and hats.
British Dictionary definitions for crocheted


/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 crocheted



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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Encyclopedia Article for crocheted


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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