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« on: January 12, 2009 02:41:56 PM »

I have looked, and looked, and looked.....has anyone ever found a documented piece of crochet from the middle ages or renaissance?  Ever found a book or website that mentions the date of the earliest crochet as being prior to 1650? 
Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2009 04:01:27 PM »

Crochet had not yet been a trade in medieval times... I think you should take up knitting if you're wanting to use one of these methods for making garb. Knitting dates back to the 16th century, so I think you'd be pretty safe using knitting.
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2009 04:38:28 PM »

I have seen many crocheted items being worn or sold at the ren fair, but from my understanding, crochet is a fairly modern technique. It originated in the early 1800s.
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2009 06:59:47 PM »

Looks like crochet is older than we all thought...

http://ezinearticles.com/?History-of-Crochet-1500-BC---1820&id=85872

This is all speculation... It's not hard cold facts, but I think it could be possible.
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2009 11:25:42 PM »

Looks like crochet is older than we all thought...

http://ezinearticles.com/?History-of-Crochet-1500-BC---1820&id=85872

This is all speculation... It's not hard cold facts, but I think it could be possible.

while there is that speculation, we have found artifacts of other forms of needlework from long ago, but there really hasn't been any crochet garments found, at least, not in the sense that we know it. I suppose it you wanted to crochet a shawl or something using your finger as a hook, nobody could dispute that its not appropriate, as yarn and fingers both existed in the 1600s, so its very possible that someone did figure out that  technique.
I do civil war reenacting, and its hard enough convincing other reenactors that crochet existed in the 1860s, even though there is much more evidence that it originated in the early 1800s than there is to support its existence in the 1600s.
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2009 11:57:42 PM »

My aunt and her husband use to do civil war reenacting... My aunt's husband is a gunsmith, and he creates guns that replicas of what used to be used in the times of the civil war. He also creates rifles and things like that for hunters.

Anyhoo, I know crochet existed at least by the 1800's, and I truly believe it probably existed before hand as well. Many people in the 1800's crocheted and knitted, that was a major part of keeping warm during those cold months. People made sweaters, hats, scarves... It's kind of silly that some people don't think crochet existed in the 1860's...

Anyhoo, I'd definitely go with knitting if you want to be sure to follow the guidelines of SCA... The Renaissance faire is different from SCA events and people at the Renaissance faires even wear faerie wings and things like that, so I can see why crochet would be at a Renaissance faire.
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