cro·​chet | \ krō-ˈshā How to pronounce crochet (audio) \

Definition of crochet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: needlework consisting of the interlocking of looped stitches formed with a single thread and a hooked needle


crocheted; crocheting; crochets

Definition of crochet (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make of crochet crocheted a doily

intransitive verb

: to work with crochet

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crocheter \ krō-​ˈshā-​ər How to pronounce crocheter (audio) \ noun

Examples of crochet in a Sentence


She learned basic crochet stitches from her mother.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Green forged another route: The designer applied traditional homey techniques like crochet and ruching usually used in womenswear to contemporary materials and forward-looking silhouettes that looked anything but throwaway. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Inspired by Craig Green’s Fall 2019 Lineup, a Look at Fantastic Plastics in Fashion," 7 Jan. 2019 For the family vacay, the stylish new mom opted for a white bikini—by British label Biondi London—with a decorative blue crochet trim. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Sports the Cutest White Bikini in St. Barts with Her Family," 3 Jan. 2019 Her Spring 2019 show opened and closed with swimsuits: first, a stripy crochet maillot layered under bike shorts and a glass-and-leather belt, and last, a teeny-tiny, zebra-striped bikini accessorized with a bougainvillea lei. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Considering the Real-Life Applications of Spring 2019’s Haute Swimwear," 25 Oct. 2018 Using a special needle similar to a crochet hook, these masters meticulously attach each rhinestone, sequin, and appliqué with the precision of Georges Seurat. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "The Haute Couture Details That Go Into Pronovias Wedding Gowns," 10 Oct. 2018 Nicole Nikolich, 26, is a colorful Philadelphia street artist with a crochet hook. Claire Wolters,, "Meet the Philly artist who yarn bombing around the city to attract Taylor Swift's attention," 10 July 2018 The following day, the 28-year-old actress shared a photograph of herself posing in front of a Louis Vuitton handbag while wearing a white crochet dress and a pair of black sandals. Stephanie Petit,, "Emma Stone Wears White Bikini to Join Justin Theroux and Sienna Miller for a Dip in France," 31 May 2018 Betty loved to cook bake crochet and travel with her sisters., "Elizabeth A. Tremaglio," 4 Apr. 2018 Local crochet czar Knot Bad (aka Vincent Green-Hite) will be teaching crochet at Portland Community College. Mary Mooney,, "Spring yarn sales, 'YARN' movie, and Rose City Yarn Crawl 2019," 20 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

If folks know how to crochet, that's great, but not necessary since people are needed to cut and fold plastic bags, said Reimesch. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mercy Mats help the homeless and keep plastic bags out of landfills," 8 Apr. 2018 Jamie Parker started crocheting in the first grade but stopped when her work and her kids took priority over her hobby. Morgan Gstalter, The Seattle Times, "Southeast Texas fans of crocheting help with Octo Project," 21 Jan. 2018 Two one-of-a-kind pieces are crocheted from plastic shopping bags, ingeniously color-blocked (purchases, meanwhile, are slipped into red mesh onion bags). Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Eckhaus Latta: Possessed’ Review: Sustainability for Sale," 13 Aug. 2018 Members will even teach people how to knit or crochet. Courant Community, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 10 July 2018 Members will even teach people how to knit or crochet. Courant Community, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 10 July 2018 Ruth had always been drawn to creative endeavors, including gardening, knitting, crocheting, singing and painting on and off until illness forced her to stop in 1995., "Ruth Kopcyk," 9 May 2018 Members will even teach people how to knit or crochet. Courant Community, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 10 July 2018 Members will even teach people how to knit or crochet. Courant Community, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of crochet


1844, in the meaning defined above


1854, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for crochet


French, hook, crochet, from Middle French, diminutive of croche hook, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse krōkr hook

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English Language Learners Definition of crochet

: a method of making cloth or clothing by using a needle with a hook at the end to form and weave loops in a thread


cro·​chet | \ krō-ˈshā How to pronounce crochet (audio) \
crocheted; crocheting

Kids Definition of crochet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make (something) or create a fabric with a hooked needle by forming and weaving loops in a thread



Kids Definition of crochet (Entry 2 of 2)

: work done or a fabric formed by weaving loops in a thread using a hooked needle

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