Different varieties of crocheted fabrics give an impression of mesh or net. This highly decorative fabric is made with the help of crochet hook or crochet machine
. Like knitting, in crocheting too, the loops of yarn are pulled through other loops to make fabric. However, it differs from knitting as only one loop is active in all types of crocheting except Tunisian crochet. A variety of threads and yarns are used for making crocheted fabrics. Initially, cotton thread was considered the crochet thread
which gave way to linen threads and then to many other threads that included silk threads and other synthetic threads.
The patterns on crocheted fabrics are based on mathematical structure which are quite difficult to understand when viewed in a two-dimensional presentation. However, computer aided design (CAD) nowadays, facilitate easy creation of virtually all types of fabric weave and design, making it possible to produce a wide range of complex patterns. Crochet is not only used for making a variety of clothing like shawls, bra etc. but also to produce a great variety of embellished products ranging from crocheted bed cover
to crocheted lace
, table runners
and table cloths.