A while ago a lady attending my crochet workshop told me a story about how prostitutes, in New Orleans, used to crochet edgings to embellish their clothing and make themselves more attractive. As a result, they became known as 'hookers'. Of course being one for loving a story like this, I repeated this anecdote, on many occasions, to people that I have taught. I wanted to find out if this story was true so have spent a while doing a bit of research and so far I have not found anything about the New Orleans 'hookers' but I did find references to Joseph Hooker a Major General (1814-79) during the Civil War in America. Seemingly Hooker's troops were poorly disciplined and famous for fraternizing with the "working girls" of the day, in some accounts a practice tolerated by Hooker to the extent of allowing prostitutes to set up shop in the troopers' barracks.
|Pink Lemonade by Flint Knits|
Another theory is, that it is based on the slang term "to hook," which back then meant "to entice or swindle." An 1850 magazine illustration, for instance, titled "Hooking A Victim" shows ladies of the night, in hoop skirts no less, plying their trade at Broadway and Canal Streets in New York City.
Anyway, I rather like the idea of the first one, that it was a term used for embellishing items of clothing which is a little project I did this weekend.
|Good bit of cloth but not keen on the flare!|
Next I did a blanket stitch to the lower edge marking equal spaces as I went along. With this blanket stitch edging in place you can crochet easily around the bottom. Into each of the spaces created by the blanket stitch I did 2 double crochet joining with a slip stitch at the end of the round. I did a second round of double crochet adding in a simple fancy edging by doing a chain of 3 and slip stitching into the first chain to give it a picot edging.
I am fairly pleased with the outcome but I think I may embellish it further. Am not sure I will wear it with bare legs, mine are worse for wear these days, but it looks great over a pair of jeans!