How amazing to be able to always be here sharing new models with you, really. I think all this is amazing! I love when we can enjoy models that no other place we found and nothing has ever given us the same, that’s exactly what I see in this model! Love it too much!
I loved these models, I found the colors and style amazing. It’s an amazing Afghan model, it’s really good, one of my favorites to be honest. It’s all very amazing. You’re really going to love having fun here and developing this model, honestly. Better Together is precisely a model that lives up to its name, showing what points it’s incredible and it’s awesome. Better together does just that.
But there’s something that I’ve really been questioning about these times and maybe you might have thought that, but what was the origin of crochet and how did it come about? Crochet as we know it today has its origins in the 16th century and one of the most accepted theories about its beginning shows that it started in Arabia, in the Middle East, reaching the world due to the trade routes of the Mediterranean, becoming extremely popular among tribes in the South America. The other theory already indicates that its origin was in China, after all, they made dolls with the same technique, everything shows, before there was evidence in the Middle East.
But, wherever this art arose, it took over the world from the 19th century onwards, due to the French artist Riego de La Branchardière, who designed patterns that could be copied by people and even published around 100 books to spread the technique. Look at the origin of the recipes there! Then came the “air crochet”, a French technique that used only thread and needle, as we know it. After all, it previously had a “drum”, as in embroidery, see the example in the image above.
The technique was performed by more humble people, which generated its devaluation. It was seen as a cheaper way to create lace and bobbins, which were extremely expensive and luxurious. Until Queen Victoria (image above), from England, started to buy the pieces and learned to produce them, which changed the mentality of the people of the time and placed the pieces at the level of fashion. One of the most striking crochets was Irish, as during the period of the Great Famine (19th century), the population lived in precarious working and living conditions, and planting could no longer occur due to potato disease, which resulted in thousands of people dying of hunger.
The spread of the technique helped to save several families, where men, women and children learned to crochet during the period and started to support their homes. Schools were created and teachers trained to teach the techniques around the country, aiming to provide conditions for thousands of families to survive the period that reduced by up to 25% of the Irish population. The “grandma squares”, as they became known, mixed several stitches and colors, the squares were used for clothes, bedspreads and pillows. It was extremely popularized due to the hippie movement.
Finally, Peruvian crochet has large stitches, which form wide rings and are very elaborate. For creation, a roller or wooden handle is used and is used to make bags and hats. There is no denying that for many years, the techniques were learned in this way, until they began to have recipes and schools dedicated to this learning. In the 19th century, it was extremely common for children around 6/7 years old to start learning how to crochet from their mothers. The humblest children needed to contribute to the family income and, on the other hand, those of the nobility learned as a hobby.
But, even today, it is common that these techniques continue to be passed from generation to generation, after all, it is linked with the time of existence and affectivity in the collective manual work. Of course, it is possible to learn more and more from the internet and in other ways, but this characteristic still perpetuates. In World War II, there was a lack of thread and wool and several pieces were disassembled to create, through crochet, coats and socks for the soldiers. And, after this period, the technique exploded again in the middle of the century with the baby boom (high birth rates), in a world that began to question everything around them and women began to have more space in politics, work and in their own families. Crochet was done as a way of social mobility or just as a hobby.
Isn’t all this awesome? A phenomenal story behind something we love so much, I’m happy to be able to bring this amazing story to you. So that’s it guys, that’s it for today. I hope you like it and visit Patterns Here more often! A big kiss, and see you until tomorrow!