Crocheting has been around for centuries. The exact origin of this art is not known and there are theories in almost every country in the world that they are the origin. In our own country, the immigrants brought it to this country. Every woman, including pioneer women crossing the plains was expected to know how to do this needlework. A crochet quilt for new born babies was always expected
Originally used to create such things as lace and other adornments it was soon found practical for clothing and bed coverings. For many years afghans were a favorite and many won ribbons at county fairs. They were especially appreciated for their practical use when someone was ill.
In the past few years making quilts of all kinds has become very popular. With perseverance it was found that very beautiful crochet quilts could be made with stars, circles and other patterns that resembled the ones made with regular material. Popular names such as Ducks in a Row, Nine Patch, Dresdin Plate and others have been crocheted and are in high demand.
Crocheting is easy to learn and there are many people available who would be happy to teach it. Senior centers and rest homes are excellent sources as these people are anxious to teach a craft in which they are an expert. This helps them by giving them something to look forward to and helps the learner find a, relaxing way to learn a new hobby.
In choosing the correct yarn, it is important that the correct kind be chosen. No one wants to do the work required to crochet a quilt and then have it not last very long because of a poor yarn choice. Worsted weight yarn seems to be the most popular type. It is important that instructions be kept regarding what needs to be done when it is necessary to clean the quilt so it is not ruined by incorrect cleaning.
As with machine made quilts, patterns are simply putting pieces together in a manner, which will achieve a certain design such as a star. With crocheting, this is accomplished by crocheting certain blocks and then putting them together with yarn and a tapestry needle. Some intricate blocks require working with one or more colored yarns in the construction of the blocks.
There is nothing more precious in a family than owning something that a long ago relative created with their own hands. Making a crochet quilt is one of these creations that will last for many, many years. It will be displayed as a family heirloom and enjoyed by all who view it.