LEARN TO MAKE BROOMSTICK LACE
Learn broomstick lace with this easy-to-follow photo tutorial and lesson.
Add broomstick lace to your toolbox of crochet tricks!
Broomstick lace is a very open and airy stitch that can be worked with just about any yarn. Broomstick lace is named as such because it used to be worked over the end of an old sawed- off broom handle. Now we have specially made needles that we can use in a wide variety of sizes. The larger our needle and the lighter our yarn, the lacier our project will be. It works up very quickly with a broom handle or larger needle, which is why some also refer to it as Jiffy Lace. No matter what you call it, it's a delightfully easy stitch to create!
In this article not only will we learn how to make broomstick lace, we'll also learn how to make increases on both ends of our swatch so we can make a triangular project. For our swatch we will be working in groups of five stitches and will pull our broomstick loops through the back loops of the single crochets. Using the back loops only makes a less pronounced front and back side of our project. In traditional broomstick lace you would normally work through both loops. Once you learn this technique you can play with any placement of stitches and number of loops as you'd like!
To begin, chain 6 with any yarn and single crochet in second stitch from the hook and in each stitch across. We do not turn our work in broomstick lace; our work will always be facing us. When the last single crochet is finished, pull up a long loop and slip it onto the broomstick needle (see Photo 1).
Then insert the hook into the back loop of the next single crochet and pull up a loop and place on needle (see Photo 2).
Continue pulling up loops through the back loop and slipping them onto the needle to the end of the row. There should now be 5 loops on the needle (see Photo 3).
Next, insert the hook from right to left into the loops on needle and slide the loops off the needle and onto the hook (see Photo 4).
Pull the yarn up to the height of the loops, yarn over and pull through all 5 loops (see Photo 5).
Yarn over and chain to secure the loops (see Photo 6).
Chain 5 more stitches for the right side increase. Single crochet into second stitch from the hook and into each stitch across. We should now have 5 single crochets. Single crochet 5 stitches into the center of the broomstick loops (see Photo 7).
For the left side increase, we will need to make foundation single crochet stitches. To begin, insert the hook into the 2 side loops of the last single crochet just made (see Photo 8), yarn over and pull up 1 loop (see Photo 9).
Yarn over and pull through the last 2 loops on the hook (see Photo 10). Our first foundation stitch is complete.
To make the next foundation stitch, insert the hook under both strands of the beginning foundation chain we just finished (see Photo 11). Yarn over and pull the loop through 1 loop (see Photo 12). Yarn over again and pull through both loops on our hook (see Photo 13). We will repeat this second stitch until there are 5 completed foundation single crochets.
To begin the next row, pull the end loop up long enough to slip over the broomstick needle (see Photo 14). Pull a loop up through the back loop of each single crochet and slip them onto the needle. There should now be 15 loops on our needle (see Photo 15).
We will work the loops off of the broomstick needle as we did in the previous row. Insert the hook from right to left into the first 5 loops and slide the loops off the needle and onto the hook. Pull the yarn up to the height of the loops, yarn over and pull through all 5 loops. Yarn over and chain, chain 5 more stitches for the right side increase. Single crochet into second stitch from the hook and into each stitch across. We should now have 5 single crochets. Single crochet 5 stitches into the broomstick loops as follows: insert the hook from right to left into the next 5 loops and single crochet (see Photo 16), work 4 more single crochets into the broomstick loops. Repeat until all the loops are worked off of the needle. Once all loops are worked off the needle we will make the 5 left side increases using the foundation stitches.
We will repeat these 2 rows, increasing on each end of the single crochet rows, until we have worked the desired length of our project. When finished, be sure to block your swatch or project; blocking really allows this stitch to open up and bloom!
There are many variations of stitches that you can use with broomstick lace— if you can pull up the long loop, you make the stitch! Using different yarns also makes a huge difference in how this stitch drapes. You can make a very warm afghan using a bulky or heavy yarn or you can make a whisper soft shawl with a delicate yarn. The only limit is your imagination! C!
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