Learning Zone: Crochet A-Z
This page is an FAQ about crocheting and graphghans - everything you wanted to know and some geeky stuff you never even thought to ask.
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What is a graphghan?
A portmanteau of the words graph and afghan; a graphghan is throw blanket made by following a chart. This method uses a grid of colored squares to wording or even a photograph (commonly refereed to as a photoghan).
Can you teach me how to make a graphghan?
While we are not able to offer lessons, we are able to point you in the direction of help. The FAQs below may provide some guidance, but if not then use the link above to get in touch and we'll try to point you in the right direction.
Afghan. The use of afghan in the English language for a textile object goes back to at least 1831, when Thomas Carlyle mentioned "Afghaun shawls" in his Sartor Resartus. By 1860, Afghan as a noun, not an adjective, denoted a type of handicrafted object shown at state fairs and other exhibitions, along with patchwork and knitted quilts, and was being mentioned in novels:
There is a fashion, I observe, in these things; and her work was a sort I perceive to have become very fashionable of late--the netting of soft wools into various articles for women's heads and shoulders, and even into cloaks and large shawls or blankets--Afghans, Lilly says they call them--to be worn as protection against dust in summer drives.
Crochet. A process of creating textiles by using a crochet hook to interlock loops of yarn, thread, or strands of other materials. The name is derived from the French term crochet, meaning 'small hook'. Hooks can be made from a variety of materials, such as metal, wood, bamboo, or plastic. The key difference between crochet and knitting, beyond the implements used for their production, is that each stitch in crochet is completed before the next one is begun, while knitting keeps many stitches open at a time. Some variant forms of crochet, such as Tunisian crochet and broomstick lace, do keep multiple crochet stitches open at a time.
Crochetier. One who crochets.
Single crochet. Although we live in England, we use the American terminology for single crochet in our patterns.
In the UK this is know as double crochet.