Definition of crochet in English:

crochet

noun

  • 1[mass noun] A handicraft in which yarn is made up into a textured fabric by means of a hooked needle:

    [as modifier] ‘a crochet hook’
    • ‘The classes will include crochet, knitting, needlework or any craft that there is a demand for.’
    • ‘Do you have any statistics that support this, and any details on what type of people are picking up the knitting needles and crochet hooks these days?’
    • ‘I laid the blanket I had crocheted before I came to New France on my bed and put my knitting needles and crochet hooks in my workbag and then put it in the trunk.’
    • ‘Erris is renowned for many things including its outstanding tradition in exquisite hand crafts like lace making, crochet, needlework and knitting.’
    • ‘The craft day will include classes in parchment work, decoupage, crochet, copper craft and basketry.’
    • ‘It's also worth noting that some formerly common travel items - knitting or crochet needles, Swiss Army knives, nail files - are no longer allowed to be carried on board many airlines.’
    • ‘She was very artistic and loved to work with her hands, especially at needle-work such as crochet and tapestry.’
    • ‘Aboriginal women have proved with their crochet hooks that beanie making is an emerging cottage industry.’
    • ‘Etta took the worn cap in her hand and looked it over while Auntie click-clacked with her crochet needles.’
    • ‘Just to the right of the tent, you would have found a group of eight women poised with their crochet hooks and knitting needles.’
    • ‘As a precautionary measure it is recommended that you carry a crochet hook with yarn to save the work you have already done in case your knitting tools are surrendered at the checkpoint.’
    • ‘Today, this striking textile is made with a crochet hook, knitting needles, a tatting shuttle or a machine.’
    • ‘Use a small size steel crochet hook and lift the lower loop over the wrapped yarn and then over the head of the nail.’
    • ‘Dobbs wrapped some yarn around her crochet hook.’
    • ‘They are given a free nine-month course in basic sewing and crochet skills.’
    • ‘The organisers would appreciate any donations of knitting wool, patterns, knitting needles, crochet hooks or any old material.’
    • ‘Lace-making and crochet continue here as they always have.’
    • ‘Boys were taught carpentry and gardening and girls learnt needlework, crochet and knitting.’
    • ‘The knitting and crochet club and the art club will resume at the centre in February on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 am.’
    • ‘Alternatively you might find it easier to use a crochet hook to pick up and hold the threads on the right.’
    needlework, needlepoint, needlecraft, sewing, cross stitch, tatting, crochet, crewel work
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    1. 1.1 Crocheted fabric or items:
      ‘the bikini is tiny, three triangles of cotton crochet’
      • ‘Karlight Industrial, a manufacturer that specialises in crochet, jacquard, boiled wool jackets and knitwear, said its plans for spring-summer designs involved bright, sharp colours as well.’
      • ‘I loved finding shibori indigo dyed fabrics in Beijing, beautiful cottons in Florence, and lovely crochet in Korea.’
      • ‘You'll often find boudoir pillows in soft, smooth satin, rich velvet, lace, crochet covers and more.’
      • ‘I drew the silken crochet to my face, the velvet softness against my cheek.’
      • ‘She awoke again, but this time to the comforting warmth of her couch pillows and crochet blanket.’
      • ‘Connolly interpreted fashion trends using traditional Irish materials such as tweed, crochet and lace.’
      • ‘Heiress, a wedding dress from 1957 with chevron pleated handkerchief linen descending in tiers banded with handmade Irish crochet, demonstrates the concept at its most magical.’
      • ‘Deep necklines and minis take centrestage along with transparencies in gauze, knit or crochet, which add to the appealing look.’
      • ‘The Federation Shield for craft was won by Mrs. Breda Phelan, for her beautiful cotton crochet tablecloth.’
      • ‘On display are some very attractive crochet garments and linen from Hyderabad.’
      • ‘Gauze and chiffon, decorated with skin-baring crochet or big organza bows, in shades of rose and mint took center stage.’
      • ‘They also design the most glamorous and desirable crochet silk throws and scarves and elegant tableware and bed linen.’
      • ‘Grown-up gypsy chic can be found in spades there, where chiffon skirts offer a dressier alternative to cotton, alongside good-quality crochet shrugs in turquoise and raspberry.’
      • ‘The mesh is like fish net, like crochet, like flea-market dream catchers, like a veil which both conceals and hints at revelation.’
      • ‘Along with the lace this season, you will see crochet accessories with crocheted or fuzzy pom-poms.’
      • ‘Craftspersons displayed a fascinating range of crochet products from wall hangings, mobile covers, lampshades, frocks and bead belts.’
      • ‘I'd be surprised if he had thought he was coming back from the dead in order to settle down and make crochet bobble-hats.’
      • ‘Also on display are soft wood toys and dolls, puppets and lampshades in leather, ceramic and terracotta pottery, crochet laces, cotton durries, silver filigree and tribal embroidery.’
      • ‘It's time you dug out that pretty pink crochet top that you tucked at the bottom of your cupboard.’
      • ‘The girls sported white linen trousers, crochet tops and cowboy boots.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Make (a garment or piece of fabric) using crochet:

    ‘she had crocheted the shawl herself’
    [no object] ‘her mother had stopped crocheting’
    • ‘Knitting, crocheting and tatting is not something that has always looked particularly hip when one, say, whips it out at a bar.’
    • ‘I decided to try to make something from them and I shredded some and knitted and crocheted them.’
    • ‘Her hands were constantly busy crocheting colorful yarn into expansive abstract wall hangings that resembled the layers of handmade garments she wore.’
    • ‘My grandmother was the only woman I knew who could sew, knit, crochet, weave, make delicious pies from scratch and wear a church hat with attitude.’
    • ‘Upon further inspection, each and every one of those monkeys is crocheting handkerchiefs and talking about the potato salad at last week's church picnic.’
    • ‘She crocheted this scarf.’
    • ‘True courage involved secretly washing a thin camp uniform or crocheting underwear from stolen yarn in order to maintain some semblance of humanity.’
    • ‘When I pause in typing to think about the next sentence, I am crocheting a scarf that I promised to mail tomorrow.’
    • ‘Now in heaven, I imagine her playing cams with all her friends, planning her trip to Hawaii, and crocheting an afghan that stretches from there to here.’
    • ‘Women are known for quilting, crocheting, and knitting.’
    • ‘Queen Mary's Irish lace wedding dress was reputedly crocheted by three ladies from Foxpoint.’
    • ‘Her hobbies included knitting, crocheting and sewing.’
    • ‘Betty laughed while she crocheted the funeral shroud.’
    • ‘She was sitting in the living room crocheting something brown when he arrived.’
    • ‘The men crocheted caps that were delivered before Christmas last year.’
    • ‘The caps were crocheted by their families and friends.’
    • ‘‘I knit, crochet, embroider and bead,’ she explains.’
    • ‘We were given opportunities to ride, knit, crochet, cross-stitch, and weave.’
    • ‘Chun then crochets forms that are not necessarily one-to-one equivalents of Mondrian's paintings but are very clear transcriptions of his work.’
    • ‘We had to learn to knit, crochet, crewel and do fine embroidery.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French, diminutive of croc hook, from Old Norse krókr.

Pronunciation:

crochet

/ˈkrəʊʃeɪ/