Crochet is a centuries old craft that takes its name from the French word croq, which means hook. Crochet, a fun and relaxing hobby, is easy to learn. Using this popular needlecraft, you can create beautiful fashion and home décor projects such as tops, hats, ponchos, scarves, doilies, tablecloths and bedspreads as well as a myriad of adorable items just for babies.
Only two basic supplies, a hook and a ball of thread or yarn, are needed to crochet. All crochet stitches are a series of loops and wraps of thread around the hook. Every pattern starts with a slip knot followed by a series of loops called chains. These chain stitches form a foundation row. The first row of a pattern is built on this chain foundation. Each successive row is crocheted on top of the previous row. Each row in a pattern may call for different stitches, but all stitches are variations of the basic single crochet which is very easy to master.