Crochet Broomstick Lace

Broomstick Lace
Broomstick Lace

CROCHET BROOMSTICK LACE

by Leonardo A.

Broomstick Lace is the stitch that made me fall in love with crochet, while learning granny squares from my grandmother in my youth.

A unique crochet stitch: the design is made by using a crochet hook to pull tall loops of thread up on to a dowel (historically, a broomstick, which is where the name comes from). These loops are made left to right across the row. They are then looped together into clusters using single crochet stitches worked right to left back across the row of loops.

Personally, I always associated the broomstick eyelets with peacock eye feather, hence, another name Peacock Stitch.

Following is the handout I created for my El Segundo Slipt Stitchers Crochet Broomstick Lace Workshop.

MATERIALS

    • worsted weight yarn
    • an US H/9 or I/9 hook
    • an US 25-50 knitting needle or a broomstick.

Broomstick Lace NoteSTEP 1: FOUNDATION

While it’s not REQUIRED, it is good to have a solid foundation of single crochet. For purposes of this workshop, we will beging use 20 single crochet.

Crochet a starting chain of 21 (20 single crochet + 1 turning chaing for height). Single crochet into the second chain from hook – No, the loop on your hook does not count as a chain – and each chain across for a total of 20 single crochet.

Broomstick Lace

STEP 2: BEGINNING BROOMSTICK LACE PATTERN

Extend the working loop/stitch and place onto your broomstick handle (handle pointing towards you); this counts as your first loop.

Draw up loops through all single crochets and place loops – in the same direction – on your broomstick handle. Knitters will knit or purl sts onto broomstick handle.At the end of either of these processes, your broomstick handle should look like the following…

Broomstick LaceSTEP 3: COMPLETING THE BROOMSTICK LACE PATTERN  

Slide your hook forward through the first five loops on the broomstick handle and remove them, maintaining their height. Yarn over and still maintaining height, pull yarn through all four loops. (Fig. A) Yarn over and while maintaining height chain 1 (Fig. B Turning Chain). Single crochet five times, through the center of your loops, careful to maintain center (Fig. C).

Broomstick Lace

REPEATING BROOMSTICK LACE 

Working back across the broomstick row from right to left, continue to slide off five loops at a time, securing them with single crochets.

At the end of this row, you should have 20 single crochets, securing five sets of 5 loops of broomstick lace beneath.

Broomstick Lace

STEP 4: NEXT ROW OF BROOMSTICK LACE 

You will now repeat Steps 2 & 3 to create as many rows of broomstick lace as you want.

Measuring Up

“Captain Fantastic, raised and regimented, hardly a hero…

Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?

Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?Measuring Brother, Can You Spare A Dime , – there’s my friend again; I’m beginning to like him – because I have some purple wool – recently untangled by I – I could use.

41.5 (x2) = Total L = 83 in x 33 avg W

If I’m correct, I need 99 L based on my W…pattern check:

Remember that you need the 1:3 ratio to get the correct sizing for folding. Since our width is 13″ (ish) we need the length to be 39″ (ish).

…I was right!

Like A PrayerDing! Dang! So I need sixteen more inches…and I just realized the purple wool I had in mind to finish this matches the fiber content of Like A Prayer Shawl…LIGHTBULB!…that would make a nice felted knit bag also with the existing color blocking…OMG! Especially, if it measures up for the same bag!

Bing! Bang! Make it so!

But then I have no other wool on hand to continue with Brother, Can You Spare A Dime. 😦

Oh, but then I find something made 90% of New Wool. New Wool? Will it felt. On hold…tomorrow will call International Trade Association Office of Textiles and Apparel.

In the meantime, I suppose I will commence Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy.

Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy

My First Guild Workshop

My First Guild Workshop

Was made possible by luck.

I did not have the $10 fee back in October when the class was being announced at the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers. Fortunately for me and at least one other member, there were enough supplies to participate: A skein of Knit Picks Stroll Fingering Bare (75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon) and a mason jar.

I thought I was being clever by folding the hank into the mason jar and applying color on top of each fold; it might have worked better if I had followed the rainbow. Upon completion of the workshop, I was THRILLED with my outcome, née colorway: Leonardo.

When I got home, my impatience got the best of me and I put my yarn in the microwave for three minutes on high to set the color. Guess what? My beautiful orange got muddled with the green above and created a brown…aiyaa! I presume – for ego sake – that had I left the jar in the sun for a week, as instructed, it still would have muddled, but not as much. My other complaint is that the colors don’t seem as saturated now that the yarn has dried. Finally, the outcome is very similar to my Adventures in Dyeing back in May 2015.

Yesterday, I searched for a pattern and could not find one for the amount of yarn I have (462 yards). I am considering purchasing a second skein (Total Yardage: 924), preferring a black/white ombre – make my own? – to alternate with Leonardo. Now that I think about it, maybe I should use a solid with Leonardo, which already is very colorful, reminiscent to me of a garden.

Which color do you think complements Leonardo?

Adventures in Dying
Adventures in Dyeing

Learn To Crochet

Life circumstances have forced me to seek out additional avenues of income. Fortunately, this is one of my most favorite. In addition to my experience, I have plenty of patience. My teaching experience includes teaching adults, as well as children, and teaching at yarn trade shows.

Finally, you won’t find a cheaper price for crochet classes at any local yarn store. I live in Culver City, and have a pleasant back yard full of plants and flowers. Since I am male and am very aware of people’s caution/concerns, I am willing to meet at a nearby coffee shop for instruction.