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crochet

[kroh-shey; British kroh-shey, -shee] /kroʊˈʃeɪ; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪ, -ʃi/
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] /kroʊˈʃeɪd; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪd, -ʃid/ (Show IPA),
crocheting
[kroh-shey-ing; British kroh-shey-ing, -shee-ing] /kroʊˈʃeɪ ɪŋ; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪ ɪŋ, -ʃi ɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
2.
to form by crochet.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; < French: knitting needle, literally, small hook, diminutive of croche, croc < Middle English or Scandinavian. See crook1, -et
Related forms
crocheter
[kroh-shey-er; British kroh-shey-er, -shee-] /kroʊˈʃeɪ ər; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪ ər, -ʃi-/ (Show IPA),
noun
well-crocheted, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for well-crocheted

crochet

/ˈkrəʊʃeɪ; -ʃɪ/
verb -chets (-ʃeɪz; -ʃɪz), -cheting (-ʃeɪɪŋ; -ʃɪɪŋ), -cheted (-ʃeɪd; -ʃɪd)
1.
to make (a piece of needlework, a garment, etc) by looping and intertwining thread with a hooked needle (crochet hook)
noun
2.
work made by crocheting
3.
(architect) another name for crocket
4.
(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 well-crocheted
crochet
1846, from Fr. crochet, dim. of croc "hook," from O.N. krokr "hook." So called for the hooked needle used.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Encyclopedia Article for well-crocheted

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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