HNW - Crochet History
Noramunro at aol.com
Thu Aug 17 08:09:30 PDT 2000
In a message dated 8/17/00 6:58:04 AM EDT, kayta at slip.net writes:
<snipping my quote from the article on the Gunnister finds>
> This is the closest thing to crochet I have ever heard of from before 1800.
> Thank you. From your description the structure does seem to be a
> crochet-type chain stitch. I don't think the technique requires a hook,
> and I remain unconvinced that this example justifies doing Victorian-style
> crochet before 1800. But I am going to try it out
I made a little one of these a few years ago from the description in the
article. I did use a crochet hook to do the chain for the loops, because I
had one. ;-) It makes a swell little bag. I use it inside a larger
mediaeval-style purse as my "wallet" at SCA events.
Just in support of your contention that a hook isn't necessary: Weavers
regularly chain warps to keep them from tangling when transferring them from
warping board to loom. We use our hands in exactly the same way a crocheter
uses a hook, and we get what is exactly a single chain.
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