Crocheted materials are always pretty. Anything crocheted, be it blankets, sweaters, dresses, doilies, etc., radiate a soft, feminine, peaceful vibe.
Cool, calm and collected: crochet!
Crochet is a process of creating fabric from yarn, thread or other material strands using a crochet hook. The word is derived from the French word “crochet”, meaning hook, a diminutive of croche, feminine of croc, of Germanic origin.
Crocheted garments emit a unique, attractive and alluring look!
Crocheting garments consists of pulling loops through other loops, but additionally incorporates wrapping the working material around the hook one or more times. Crochet differs from knitting in that with crocheting, only one stitch is active at one time, stitches made with the same diameter of yarn are comparably taller, and a single crochet hook is used, instead of two knitting needles.
Crocheted dresses look suave and mod on any body!
Crochet Early History Fun Fact: In the 19th century, as Ireland was facing the Great Irish Famine (1845-1849), crochet lace work was introduced as a form of famine relief (the production of crocheted lace being an alternative way of making money for impoverished Irish workers). Mademoiselle Riego de la Blanchardiere is generally credited with the invention of Irish Crochet, publishing the first book of patterns in 1846. Irish lace became popular in Europe and America, and was made in quantity until the first World War.
Today, crocheted patterns are an extremely popular fixture in the clothing and handbag business. Crochet your way into fashion accessory flair with a crocheted purse to match whatever you choose to wear.
For those of you who prefer to make a crochet dress yourself, the steps are easy and the outcome is well worth the effort. For those like me, who find it easier to walk into a store and buy one, well, that works too!
Basic Materials Needed to Crochet Your Way to a Darling Dress:
- A Crochet Hook
- Yarn or Thread
- A Cardboard Cut Out – Modeling the garment that you wish to crochet
- Tassels, Fringe or Decorative Items
- A Tape Measure and a Gauge Measure (used for counting stitches)
A crochet hook comes in many sizes and materials, such as bone, bamboo, aluminum, plastic and steel. Sizing is categorized by the diameter of the hook’s shaft, and a crafter aims to create stitches of a certain size, in order to reach a particular gauge specified in a given pattern.
Crochet Hook Fun Fact: Crochet hooks range in size from 0.4 to 3.5 millimeters, or from 00 to 16 in American sizing.
Crocheted dresses, in addition to looking summery, fabulous and festive, are a perfect attire to wear to fancy dress occasions, such as parties, holiday celebrations, wedding and baby showers, etc.
Dress divine in doll dress up style, draped in glorious crochet and a knock out smile!
Crocheting Process: Crocheted fabric is begun by placing a slip-knot on the hook, pulling another loop through the first loop, and repeating this process to create a chain of a suitable length. The chain is either turned and worked in rows, or joined to the beginning row with a slip stitch and worked in rounds. Stitches are made by pulling one or more loops through each loop of the chain. At any one time, at the end of the stitch, there is only one loop left on the hook!
Hook ’em in a crocheted dress, simply the best!
Make a fashion statement the crochet way.
Many crochet stitches can only be crafted by hand, but the final product is worth your time, as the finished look is elegant and grand.
Pick up that crochet hook and hook yourself some new, dazzling duds. A completed, stitched in vogue, crocheted dress will outshine all the rest. You’ll be permanently hooked.
Loving me that crocheted look! I’m hooked!
“That crocheted dress of yours has caught my eye.”
“Yes, you are a vision of loveliness when you walk by.”
“Do tell, where did you get that dress? I want the same look.”
“I made this dress myself with yarn and a hook.”
“Wow, I am impressed. Will you make one for me?”
“It’s one of a kind. I don’t want to be copied.”
“Perhaps a different color, or maybe a different style?”
“I’ll teach you how to crochet. It will be well worth your while.”
Crochet away and smile your way into feminine garment glory!
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846