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« on: October 12, 2005 02:06:30 PM »

What decade was crochet the most popular in? I'm curious. Excuse me for not knowing, I'm only a teen Tongue
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2005 02:37:27 PM »

i have found lots of crocheted acessory patterns from the 40's and 50's  and lots of funky clothing from the 60's and 70's. Here is an wesome pattern links page that I use constantly! http://home.inreach.com/marthac/links.html
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2005 03:41:51 PM »

I believe it was the 70's when crocheting hit it's peak.  Granny squares were groovy and instyle! 
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2005 07:50:54 PM »

I don't know much about the history of crochet, just that it was considered a poor cousin to knitting since crochet was done by the lower classes and not 'ladies.' I wonder when it became more mainstream and shed it's class distinction. I remember reading an interview with Elizabeth Zimmerman, the knitting guru, and she said she never touches crochet because of the snobbish reason that her grandmother drilled into her it was for the servants.
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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2005 08:01:50 PM »

interestingly enough, i just read something on that. It had to do with Irish immigration to the states and the UK. Crochet was very popular ( and i think its gorgeous) with Irish women. They were the help in those times and it just developed into a "lower class" woman's hobby.
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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2005 08:13:05 PM »

Here is a link with some history info.
http://www.fiber-images.com/Free_Things/What%20Is/history_of_crochet.htm
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« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2005 07:17:43 AM »

Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet has a history of crochet in it, if you're interested.
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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2005 01:36:39 PM »

Elizabeth Zimmerman probably did a lot of damage, spreading her prejudice around to the thousands of knitters she influenced. I heard she was teaching a class once and complimented a student on an edging. When the student said it was crocheted, EZ dropped it like she suddenly smelled something bad. She passed the buck to her grandmother, but she must have agreed with her GM's POV to perpetuate it.
As a crocheter, if I wanted to re-learn knitting, I'd turn to Barbara Walker before I'd turn to EZ!
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