Crochet was properly introduced to Needleworkers during the 19th Century with the industrialization of 'Machine Spun Cotton Thread'. Thank-you Eli Whitney!
I personally have my high school Homemaking I teacher, Mrs. Browning, to thank for learning crochet. It was another of those 'BackInThe Sixties' thingies that every young girl should know in order to make coffee table doilies and spider web bedspreads...the essential and ultimate stamp to being inducted into the realm of a 'Master Hooker'.
By the time I got to Homemaking IV, my 'Hope Chest' held a collection of what Mrs. Browning finally gave up and gave me the best 'Cup Cozy Doily Maker' award. Needless to say, I did not invest in the 100 Balls of 100 percent cotton thread it took to make a bedspread.
The final blow to my lack of 'Crochet Curriculum Mastery' was knowing my fellow 'Hookers' had outdone me with their Hope Chests overflowing with crochet doilies, tablecloths and bedspreads...the 1960's Susie Homemaker's Guide to Hooking a Husband. My only consolation was my Hope Chest full of 'Aprons'...I could SEW and COOK.
made all the difference in a
Lifetime of Crochet Enjoyment for this Susie Homemaker.