Where The Yarn Meets The Needle

Welcome from Laura at Dunmire Crochet Corner, my Crochet and Craft Corner of the World!

 Clothes, Purses, Afghans, Baby Items and More! Custom Orders are always welcome, Please contact me with any ideas you may have!

Come with me on my journey of sharing ideas, projects I am working on and last but not least just having some fun!

 What is Crochet you ask? Here are some different variations of crochet.

Irish crochet lace, late 19th century. The design of this example is closely based on Flemish needle lace of the 17th century.
Detail of a Portuguese crochet table-cloth, about 1970
Bags and hacky sack tapestry crocheted in Guatemala.

Crochet  is a process of creating fabric from yarn, thread or other material strands using a crochet hook. The word is derived from the French word “crochet”, meaning hook.  Hooks can be made of materials such as metals, woods, or plastic and are commercially manufactured as well as produced by artisans. Crocheting, like knitting, consists of pulling loops of material through other loops, but additionally incorporates wrapping the working material around the hook one or more times. Crochet differs from knitting in that only one stitch is active at one time (exceptions being Tunisian and broomstick lace), stitches made with the same diameter of yarn are comparably taller, and a single crochet hook is used instead of two knitting needles. Additionally, crochet has its own system of symbols to represent stitch types.

Aluminium crochet hooks

Kooler proposes that early industrialization is key to the development of crochet. Machine spun cotton thread became widely available and inexpensive in Europe and North America after the invention of the cotton gin and the spinning jenny, displacing hand spun linen for many uses. Crochet technique consumes more thread than comparable textile production methods and cotton is well suited to crochet.

In the 19th century, as Ireland was facing the Great Irish Famine (1845-1849), crochet lace work was introduced as a form of famine relief (the production of crocheted lace being an alternative way of making money for impoverished Irish workers). Mademoiselle Riego de la Blanchardiere is generally credited with the invention of Irish Crochet, publishing the first book of patterns in 1846. Irish lace became popular in Europe and America, and was made in quantity until the first World War.

All items are handmade by me personally in my home in Winterset IA. I use a variety of fibers to create my handmade items. To name a few they are Acrylic and Acrylic Blend yarn, Wool and Wool Blend yarn, Cotton and Cotton Blend yarn.  Remember that I welcome custom orders and they are happily accepted. Thank you for your time and interest in yours truly and Dunmire Crochet Corner! 

Here is a small assortment of items below. Click on an item for more details and purchase information.  You can also see the whole storefront here at


Men’s Crochet Hooded Sweater
A Bright Hooded Crochet Sweater Size 2 T
Heirloom Hand Crochet Quilt Afghan/Bedspread
One Size Crochet Hooded Poncho Pattern
Hooded Men’s Crochet Sweater
Crochet Amigurumi Small Kitty With A Bow Pattern

3 thoughts on “Where The Yarn Meets The Needle

  1. Don’t know if I’m right here… Saw you created a H. P. inspired sorting hat. May I ask if you wrote down a pattern you would sale?

    Love from Germany

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s