Currently learning Italian, Spanish, French & German thanks to the DuoLingo app for android. My mum is Italian & Dad’s family came to Australia from Latvia. I’d always wanted mum to teach me Italian but her family is Sicilian and still succumbs to the view that northern Italian is superior, their southern dialect not worthy of passing on. I’d already been exposed to German & French at school, Spanish is again something I’d always wanted to learn, and I’d love to learn Latvian too – but unfortunately there’s no option for that on the app at the moment. Maybe ambitious to learn these all of these at once but I figure I’m making up for lost time, and learning them in parallel allows me to observe the patterns of similarity and difference between languages, encoded in sentence structure, grammar & etymology.
Thinking about semiotics and the ‘filter bubbles’ provided by our search engines, I conducted an experiment exploring the word for ‘crochet’ in different languages. I used Google translate to find out the relevant term, and the googled it (within the english search engine) to see what would come up. I searched for Spanish, Latvian, German & Italian translations.
Interestingly, although the term is different in most languages, image results (from European cultures) consistently reference traditional design motifs.
Search Term : “Crochet”
In spanish : tejer
Google search: tejer
tejer⇒ tejer⇒ vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo (“di la verdad”, “encontré una moneda”). (tela: formarla con hilos) weave vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object–for example, “Say something.” “She found the cat.” En esa fábrica tejen tela para camisetas. vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo (“di la verdad”, “encontré una moneda”). (tela: formarla con hilos) weave vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object–for example, “Say something.” “She found the cat.” En esa fábrica tejen tela para camisetas.
In Latvian : tamborēt
Google Search: tamborēt
When I did my roundup of ways to say crochet in 25 languages I listed the Latvian option as tamborēt. I’ve since learned that this is the word for crochet as a verb but if you want to talk about crocheting then the word is tamborēšana. If you want to talk about something that is crochet, a crochet noun, then the word to use is tamborējums (or tamborējumi if it’s plural). And if you’re talking about the people who crochet then the words are: tamborētājs (male), tamborētāja (female), tamborētāji (many people crocheting), tamborētājas (many women crocheting). Thanks so much to Linda Skuja of Eleven Handmade for that helpful information!!!
In german : häkeln
Google Search : häkeln
Unlike the smooth knitting needle the crochet hook has a hook at the tip. Using this hook, it is possible to pull the thread through already-made mesh and thus to produce a coherent stitch structure.
Crocheting is a much younger technology than knitting . There are no known crochet pieces that are proven to be dated before the year 1800, during knitting, if known, in the 13th century north of the Alps was practiced.
Textiles (to latin textilis, woven ‘, knitted’ braided ‘, together’ for the purposes of building and designing) referred
- textile fibers
- made therefrom, linear textile structures such. B. yarns and twines , the sheet-like textile structures such. B. fabrics , knitted fabrics , knitted fabrics , braids , stitchbonded , nonwovens and felts and spatial textile structure (body structure) such. B. textile hoses , stockings or textile semi-finished products for reinforced plastic components.
- those finishing that using the aforementioned products by making-up , opening and / or other operations in sale condition suitable for submission to the processor, the trade or the end consumer are brought.
With the additional use of non-textile raw materials in the product is for allocation to the textiles crucial that the textile overall character remains, therefore exercising foreign materials only an additional function. 
Textiles in various forms are among the oldest artifacts that have been produced since the early days of mankind. To date, they are among one of the few categories that are used in all areas of life of people applying.For these reasons, have for millennia extensive areas that deal with textiles, evolved. These include:
- the textile technology with its special production process , ranging from the preparation of the fibers after their production in agriculture and their production in the chemical fiber industry on the production of textile semifinished and finished products to packaging of the finished textile products,
- textile materials and goods customer,
- the textile testing and Standardization,
- the application techniques in the various fields of application and
- whose artistic , craft , cultural , cultural-historical and ethnographic aspects.
In Italian : uncinetto
Google Search : uncinetto
Wikipedia page translated:
The origins of crochet work are ancient and, as in the case of other textile arts, difficult to track, but have been found primitive examples in every corner of the globe, in the Far East , in Africa , Europe , North America and South and examples they already find themselves in Egyptian culture .
Sometimes the hook has been worked out for hooks with very fine yarns which produced a delicate fabric similar to lace , or has been worked with thicker yarns on large hooks giving origin to a compact and dense tissue.
This second type of crochet was used by the Chinese to manufacture dolls three-dimensional, by Africans who used it to manufacture the headgear of their chieftains, by the Turks to create hats and Scotland to make hats and heavy coats.
Crochet is a French term. I wasn’t sure how to search for the french wiki and then translate the page to english, so from the english article on the practice;
The word crochet is derived from the Old French crochet, a diminutive of croche, in turn from the Germanic croc, both meaning “hook”. It was used in 17th-century French lace making, crochetage designating a stitch used to join separate pieces of lace, and crochet subsequently designating both a specific type of fabric and the hooked needle used to produce it. Although that fabric is not known to be crochet in the present sense, a genealogical relationship between the techniques sharing that name appears likely.
4 . Santina M. Levey, Lace: a History, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1983, ISBN 090128615X, p. 92
But then I figured it out;
By extension, it is a technique to tie a wire into a more or less stretchy fabric, depending on the fiber and the type of stitch used.
The term also refers to the book ( lace , lace , doily , etc.) done with this needle. Making a crochet says “crochet”. The hook is used for decoration inside a house as a place mat or a curtain, for example.
*again no references. Frames the practice within domestic environments.