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Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time checking out foreign language crochet blogs. I’ve also been checking out what people in other countries share of crochet on Pinterest. In order to find those things, I’ve not only done searches for “crochet” and checked the links offered on the foreign blogs I already follow but I’ve also done searches using the foreign translated words for crochet (such as tejer for Spanish).

I thought that you might be interested in what I’ve been learning about how to say the word “crochet” in other languages.

Crochet in Spanish is Tejer. It can also be called labor de ganchillo or croché.

Crochet in Italian is Uncinetto.

Crochet in French is Crochet. :) The word crochet originally comes from the French word for hook.

Crochet in Portuguese is Crochê.

Crochet in German is Häkeln.

Crochet in Dutch is Haken.

Crochet in Czech is Háčkování.

Crochet in Croatian is Heklati.

Crochet in Finnish is Virkkaus.

Crochet in Norwegian is Hekle.

Crochet in Turkish is tığ işi.

Crochet in Danish is Hækling.

Crochet in Filipino is Gantsilyo.

Crochet in Hungarian is Horgolás.

Crochet in Slovak is Háčkovanie.

Crochet in Indonesian is Merenda. It is the same word in Malay.

Crochet in Polish is Szydełkować.

Crochet in Irish is Cróise.

Crochet in Latvian is Tamborēt.

Crochet in Japanese looks like: かぎ針編み

Crochet in Chinese looks like: 鉤邊

Crochet in Korean looks like: 크로셰 뜨개질

Crochet in Greek looks like: πλέκω

Crochet in Russian looks like: вязанье

I should note that I’m just using Google translate to find this information. If anything here looks wrong, please tell me. And if there are slang words for crochet or other ways of saying crochet in a language that you know, I’d love to hear it!

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15 Comments

  1. CrochetBlogger Reply

    Update on the Greek translation for crochet:

    Zoe’s Creations over on Facebook told me:

    As far as the greek term (because I am a greek crocheter) crochet is not translated with one word but with three: “πλέκω με βελονάκι” (that means crochet with hook, because the word πλέκω alone is used for 2 kinds: knit and crochet, knit= knit with needles= “πλέκω με βελόνες” and crochet the other

    Thanks for the help Zoe!

  2. CrochetBlogger Reply

    Update on the Greek translation for crochet:

    Zoe’s Creations over on Facebook told me:

    As far as the greek term (because I am a greek crocheter) crochet is not translated with one word but with three: “πλέκω με βελονάκι” (that means crochet with hook, because the word πλέκω alone is used for 2 kinds: knit and crochet, knit= knit with needles= “πλέκω με βελόνες” and crochet the other

    Thanks for the help Zoe!

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  6. very good compilation! :) though I have to say, in Spanish “tejer” is knitting, crochet is “ganchillo” :)

    • CrochetBlogger Reply

      Thanks so much for sharing that information Lydai. I hadn’t heard that before and it’s so helpful to me!

  7. AlejandraKemp Reply

    In Spanish we don’t have a verb to express the activity of crocheting. We say “Tejer a crochet” for crocheting or “tejer con palillos/agujas” for kitting. The verb “Tejer” simply implies the creation of fabric using some sort or yarn and other implements such as a hook or needles. Still quite interesting.

    • CrochetBlogger Reply

      @AlejandraKemp Thanks for the extra info! There are so many subtleties in each language that it’s hard to know the details like this when you’re just learning a language. I’ve studied Spanish for many years but there is still tons I don’t know, especially in niche topics like crafting!

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  9. In Serbian, (it is missing :-( ) word for crocheting is: Кукичање

  10. Hello, would be it someone who could translate me a pattern of doll in Turkish ?

    Thank you

    Micheline

  11. jacki bagheri Reply

    I have not been able to get abbrev. in Russian they give the verbal trans. but not the alphabet symbol. I found ones for chain. increase. decrease but I can’t find others can anyone help. I have a pattern with the Russian letter equal toPSN in english. I think it may mean slip stitch but that;s only a guess. HELP

  12. Hi
    I shared the link to your translation on Facebook since I think Its cool. A woman wrote this. And I think She is right when you search the words on Instagram:
    “the term in malaysian and indonesian language is not quite the same that i know!! In malay language is called..MENGAIT,in indonesian lang. It is MERAJUT..merenda is like making laces”

    And in danish the word is ‘hækle’

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