Crafty Corner would be happy to make up crochet items of any discription for you. We have a community porject where we have trained ladies to crochet and they would be very willing to help you with your project.Winnie
Learn how to do basic crochet with this simple tutorial.
Once you've mastered the basics, follow it up with this tutorial and learn how to double-crochet.
Some theorize that crochet evolved from traditional practices in Arabia, South America, or China, but there is no decisive evidence of the craft being performed before its popularity in Europe during the 1800s. The earliest written reference to crochet refers to shepherd's knitting from The Memoirs of a Highland Lady by Elizabeth Grant in 1812. The first published crochet patterns appeared in the Dutch magazine Penelope in 1824. Other indicators that crochet was new in the 19th century include the 1847 publication A Winter's Gift, which provides detailed instructions for performing crochet stitches in its instructions although it presumes that readers understand the basics of other needlecrafts. Early references to the craft in Godey's Lady's Book in 1846 and 1847 refer tocrotchet before the spelling standardized in 1848. Some speculate that crochet was in fact used by early cultures but that a bent forefinger was used in place of a fashioned hook; therefore, there were no artifacts left behind to attest to the practice. These writers point to the simplicity of the technique and claim that it must have been early.
Hooks ranged from primitive bent needles in a cork handle, used by poor Irish lace workers, to expensively crafted silver, brass, steel, ivory and bone hooks set into a variety of handles, some of which were better designed to show off a lady's hands than they were to work with thread. By the early 1840s, instructions for crochet were being published in England, particularly by Eleanor Riego de la Branchardiere and Frances Lambert. These early patterns called for cotton and linen thread for lace, and wool yarn for clothing, often in vivid color combinations.
In the past few years, a practice called yarn bombing, or the use of knitted or crocheted cloth to modify and beautify one's (usually outdoor) surroundings, emerged in the U.S. and spread worldwide. Yarn bombers sometimes target existing pieces of graffiti for beautification.wikipedia.org
There is actually no real limit to what you could use to crochet with as long as its long and thin enough to wind around your hook you could work with it.
There are however a load of standard professionally used materials ie wools and Cottons. Cotton and wool come in a variety of thicknesses and you would use the finer threads with a smaller hook. As the Wool thickens the hook needs to be bigger to work with easily.
The size and thickness of the cotton or wool you would need for a project will be told to you in the pattern. As with our clothing and all sorts of measurements around the world you will get the metric and imperial size but if you have the one you not familiar with, dont let it put you off. There are loads of conversion tables out there and can easily be converted over to your preference.
An important thing to remember is that if you go out and by wool or cotton for a particular project you need to get enough to complete your project. This is applicable especially when you working with only one colour. The Reason for this is that if you run out half way and go buy more wool you might not get the same dye-lot and this could be disastrous to the finish.
You might never notice the difference when working but when you pull your garment out of the cupboard on the fist day to wear it and you put it on, you can see to different colours!!! This had happened to me and I would not like for you to have to go through all that hard work just to be disappointed in the end.
The dying process and quality of our wool and cottons had dramatically improve over the years and the chances are a lot less these day of this happening but it does!! If you not an expert like my mother and dont like having to pull something out and start all over then take heed!
There are quite a few thicknesses of wools and cottons and im not eve familiar with all of them myself but the ones i do know about are the most common.
Wool: 4 ply, double knitting and chunky. 4 ply is generally used for baby stuff and is quite fine. Double knitting is by far the most popular and easy to find. Chunky is nice and thick but not that common and patterns for chunky are not that common.
Cotton: Number 5 cotton is the most common used for making table cloths and quite fine work. The number 5 cotton is the thickest of the crochet cottons and you get much thinner ones too.
We are based in Roosevelt park near Emmarentia and I teach basic crochet classes. I run classes at times that suit you. You need to book two weeks in advance and let me know what time and day suit you. Call me on 082 855 2236 for a booking or visit