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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Other Words from crochet


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

Examples of crochet in a Sentence

Noun She learned basic crochet stitches from her mother.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The afghans and tea cozies that early crochet enthusiasts turned out later inspired hippies to take up the craft themselves. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "Handcrafted Fashion: Why We Crave It in the Digital Age," 25 June 2019 The Willington resident crochets stuffed animals and dolls called amigurumi to raise funds for her walks. Theresa Sullivan Barger,, "Willington breast cancer survivor does three-day, 60-mile walks to raise awareness," 26 Sep. 2019 De-fuzz the hook part by using a stiff toothbrush or nailbrush, or pick out the lint with a crochet hook. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Lice advice," 7 Nov. 2019 But before the game started, a video of one fan doing crochet in the stands went viral. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "'Crochet Lady' Doing Her Thing Is Pretty Much Everyone Staying On-Task in an Unpredictable World," 7 Oct. 2019 Flynn, who was born and raised in Riverside County, learned to crochet from her mother, who learned from her mother and grandmother. Daily Pilot, "Threadwinners challenges the assumption that crafts associated with ‘women’s work’ aren’t fine art," 18 Sep. 2019 Building a community That message of bringing people together through crochet is prevalent in Jonah's book. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Crochet prodigy Jonah Larson's picture book autobiography is about building friendships 'one stitch at a time'," 15 July 2019 Key looks gain dimension from artisanal techniques like crochet, set against soft seasonless dresses, and a new penchant for tailoring. Sharon Graubard,, "Fashion report: Cool classics for fall," 15 Aug. 2019 Mary also was a crafter, doing crochet and hooking rugs and liked basketball, especially the Celtics and the UConn Women., "Mary Wall," 12 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb All knitters and crocheters are welcome. Can’t knit or crochet but still want to be involved?, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 6 Dec. 2019 The group that Nancy organizes at her retirement community has crocheted about 120 mats since starting the project in September 2018. John Kelly, Washington Post, "O say, can you crochet? Old plastic shopping bags get new life.," 1 Dec. 2019 Dozens of women painted on a protective barricade around the Angel of Independence monument on the city’s main avenue Sunday while others crocheted purple and pink hearts to string up. Washington Post, "Mexican women protest violence via art, breastfeeding," 24 Nov. 2019 Her friend, Jean Maliuat, called to tell me Liston remains active and enjoys embroidery, crocheting and making homemade breads and rolls. Christina Hyder,, "North Laurel resident is 101 and still going strong," 25 Oct. 2019 Sammons is the Lonsdale, Minn., woman who has crocheted and collected scarves — more than 2,500 — and given them all away. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Minnesota woman who crochets to help the homeless hospitalized, awaits transplant," 10 Aug. 2019 Each year, nurse Tara Frankhauser at Children's spends months crocheting special costumes for each baby, taking their individual personalities into account. Elizabeth Wolfe And Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Here are some ridiculously cute photos of babies in NICU units dressed up for Halloween," 30 Oct. 2019 Crafters are invited to stop in at the library and do the craft of their choice – knitting, scrapbooking, crocheting, arranging online photos or another activity – while enjoying conversation and snacks. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Spooky pooches will descend on downtown Lakewood Oct. 19: A Place in the Sun," 8 Oct. 2019 But crocheting isn’t just a simple hobby for Solomon. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "College Student Goes Viral for Crocheting at Kansas Football Game: 'Not All Heroes Wear Capes'," 8 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of crochet was in 1844

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24 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Crochet.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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