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 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 Just yesterday, en route to her rehearsal dinner in Paris with her fiancé actor Karl Glusman, Kravitz stepped out in a midriff-exposing hand crochet and pearl cocktail dress from the bridal label Danielle Frankel by Danielle Hirsch. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Zoë Kravitz Wears the Ultimate Cool Girl Bridal Label in Paris," 29 June 2019 Compared with knitting and weaving, whose ancient origins are backed up by archaeological finds, crochet has murkier roots. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "Handcrafted Fashion: Why We Crave It in the Digital Age," 25 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Marjorie enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, gardening, music and reading; especially spiritual., "Marjorie A. Caldwell," 11 July 2019 Outside of her job, Elise Lonnee liked to sew and crochet. Molly Korzenowski, Twin Cities, "Elise Lonnee, co-owner of iconic Four Inns restaurant in downtown St. Paul, dies at 88," 27 June 2019 Barb was active in Angel Snugs, a local group involved in knitting and crocheting hats and scarves for children with cancer, the Sunset Pointe Photography Club and served as corresponding secretary for The Villages North Jewish Chavurah., "Barbara Anne Resnick," 11 Aug. 2019 His father, Mike Shamo, said his son was a chess whiz as a kid who experimented with marijuana in his teen years, but later earned his Eagle Scout badge crocheting blankets for a hospital. CBS News, "Former Eagle Scout accused in multimillion-dollar drug empire to stand trial in Utah," 11 Aug. 2019 Horiuchi MacAdam creates the giant pieces almost entirely by hand, first dyeing batches of nylon cord and then crocheting hexagonal shapes that are assembled to form the nets. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Whammock!’ at the New Children’s Museum reflects artist’s passion for building interactive art for kids," 13 June 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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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of crochet was in 1844

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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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