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« on: May 31, 2007 06:26:18 AM »

Do men traditionally crochet?

I was wondering why there's a hierarchy of fibre arts: weaving, spinning, knitting, and crochet. 

Debbie Stoller writes that maybe crochet is at the bottom because there's a link to prostitution.  Teva Durham thinks it may have something to do with the equipment - weaving has bigger tools, therefore commands more respect.  Crochet is at the bottom because you use only one little hook.

I think it's because of men - specifically, men traditionally have done weaving, spinning, and even knitting, but not crochet.  At least, I don't believe large numbers of men in any culture have ever crocheted - am I wrong?  Does anyone know if that's true or not?
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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2007 07:56:34 AM »

I know a few guys who crochet, but you're right, it does appear to have always been a female-dominated craft.

I think this may be because crochet is relatively modern (dating from the 1800s or perhaps late 1700s).  This was the beginning of the industrial revolution and male workers who formerly produced handicrafts were starting to become factory workers.  Spinning, weaving and knitting were beginning to be mass-produced by machines (raising supply but lowering the prestige associated with each craft).  Crochet is not amenable to machine production.  My guess is that this combination of factors ensured that crochet remained a decorative art, or, at best, a cottage industry, and was thus almost exclusively in the female domain. (And since it's associated with lace, cutesy-kitschy decor items, and baby layettes, not likely to attract many men).
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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2007 08:50:17 AM »

Men crochet in south America, in countries where this craft is deeply rooted.

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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2007 01:39:50 PM »

At my church we crochet preemie hats and in our group we have 2 men, a college aged kid and an elderly man who learned to crochet as a child.

I was/am a knitter and prefer crochet. Not sure about the stigma due to prostitution, kinda far fetched imo. I think with the increasing popularity of crocheted animals, you'll see more and more men/teens getting involved with more popularity.
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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2007 05:53:31 AM »

When I was 11 I learned to crochet.  I taught my brother (who was 9) how to.  We crocheted together for quite a few years until it became "uncool" for him.  He recently took it up again (now 25) as something to do while watching the hockey game.  He also found that making afghans can really help him keep warm since he refuses to turn the heat on at his house during the cold months.  He now has a huge afghan and he's pretty dang proud of it.

He's the only guy I know who does any sort of yarn craft.
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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2007 07:18:13 AM »

Google The Crochet Dude and go look at his site.  Drew not only crochets and knits, but also designs and is published.  So, yeah, guys crochet!
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2007 08:05:12 AM »

I always believed that the reason crochet is at the bottom of the hierarchy is because it can't be easily done by machine, weaving, spinning, and knitting all have machines and can be easily produced for the mass public, crochet can't, therefore has less exposure. Because you just can't go out and buy stuff made by crocheting people just think it's something that grandmas do. I work in a clothing store and very rarely we'll carry something crocheted, it's usually way more expensive than comparable knitted stuff, and doesn't sell very well because of it. As far as the question about men crocheting, the cool ones do, hehe.
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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2007 04:27:52 PM »

Google The Crochet Dude and go look at his site.  Drew not only crochets and knits, but also designs and is published.  So, yeah, guys crochet!


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« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2007 06:11:54 AM »

My boyfriend picked up a hook and some yarn on Friday night...shhhhh...he doesn't want anyone to know.   Roll Eyes

It's going quite well, though.  I'm impressed with both his crocheting skill and my teaching abilities.   Grin
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« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2007 12:37:06 AM »

My dad crocheted when he was younger, and I just recently learned that my boyfriend's grandfather used to crochet, as well.

So, yes, men do crochet. Smiley
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