Crocheting is believed to have originated in the early 19th century, making it a relatively modern craft compared to knitting.
The word “crochet” comes from the French word “crochet,” which means “small hook.”
The smallest crochet hook ever made was only 0.4 millimeters or 15 thousands of an inch in diameter or roughly as big around as five sheets of paper.
The world’s largest crochet hook measures over 13 feet (396 centimeters) long and is made from PVC pipe.
Some crocheters can create intricate lace patterns using thread so fine that it’s thinner than human hair.
Crocheting is not just for humans; people have made tiny crochet outfits for their pets.
Guinness World Records recognizes the largest crochet blanket, which measured over 12,286 square meters (131,556 square feet). That’s about the size of 8 average convenience stores.
The world’s fastest crocheter can create up to 257 stitches in one minute.
Crocheting can be a form of therapy, helping people reduce stress and anxiety. However if you’re trying to beat 257 stitches in a minute, it may be quite stressful.
“Yarn bombing” is a form of street art where crocheters and knitters cover public objects like lampposts and trees with colorful yarn.
The world’s most expensive crocheted item is a crocheted wedding dress valued at over US $280,000.
There are crocheted coral reefs made from yarn to raise awareness about the decline of real coral reefs due to climate change.
Some people crochet as a way to keep their hands busy during long meetings or classes.
The largest amigurumi (crocheted stuffed toy) ever made was a giant lobster that measured over 7 meters (23 feet) long.
Crochet enthusiasts often organize “stitch and bitch” sessions to socialize while crafting.
In 2009, a group of crocheters in the UK created a crocheted replica of their entire village.
You can crochet with unconventional materials like plastic bags, cassette tape, and even VHS tape.
“Hyperbolic crochet” is a technique used to create mathematical models, such as hyperbolic surfaces.
Some crocheters practice “extreme crochet” by using thick ropes and oversized hooks to create large-scale projects.
There are crochet-specific emojis and symbols, like 🧶 and ⚙️, to represent the craft in digital communication.
Some people have turned crocheting into a profitable business by selling their handmade items online.
“Yarn chicken” is a term used by crocheters to describe the suspense of finishing a project with just barely enough yarn.
The Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) hosts an annual event called “Chain Link” for crocheting enthusiasts.
You can find crochet patterns for just about anything, from food items to popular characters from movies and TV shows.
Crocheting has been used in various fashion trends, from crochet bikinis in the 1970s to modern crochet accessories.
The world record for the longest crochet chain made by a team is over 45 miles (72 km).
Crocheting is an inclusive hobby, with a diverse community of crafters who share their passion and knowledge online.