Hairpin Crochet Tools

By  Newsletter EGWA

Hairpin crochet is a unique form of crochet that involves using a hairpin-shaped tool to create long strips of crochet fabric. The hairpin crochet technique involves creating a series of loops along a central bar using a hairpin loom, which is then crocheted together to create a textured, lacy fabric.


Above: Hairpin crochet tools from the Guild's Textile Collection

During the Victorian era, fringes were used extensively along with other forms of embellishment. In the late 19th century, printed patterns in ladies’ journals and needlework magazines such as Weldon’s Practical Needlework became available.

Hairpin crochet became very popular, providing one of the quickest methods of producing a fringe or edging. Strips could be joined together to create a chic jacket, scarves, shawls, table linen, edgings for doylies or added to garments as a decorative accent

Modern hairpin-crochet tools have come a long way since the 1800s. Metal prongs are of different widths and many are adjustable and open on both ends to create endless, long and lacy strips of hairpin crochet.

Overall, hairpin crochet is a versatile and beautiful technique that has a long history and continues to be popular today. Its unique look and ability to create long, lacy strips make it an excellent choice for a wide variety of projects.


Above: Doyley trimmed with hairpin crochet from the Guild's Textile Collection