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.

Deep Sleep: Recipe

CSNanaCat asked me how to make the crochet continuous square. Luckily for her, I know how to make one in single crochet. My double crochet attempts still need work because they keep bowing. I am pretty sure, it is because my corners are missing some stitches.

Here is the shorthand directions for making a crochet continuous square in single crochet

Round 1: ch 2. 8 sc in first chain. ss to close round.

Round 2: ch 1,

sc in same stitch; (sc, ch2, sc) in next stitch;
sc, (sc, ch2, sc),
sc, (sc, ch2, sc),
sc, (sc, ch2, sc),
ss to close round

Round 3 and on: sc across sides, and (sc, ch2, sc) in every corner…repeat to desired size

Caution: make sure you get the first single crochet after every (sc, ch2, sc)

Otherwise, the pattern is pretty straightforward.

 

Island In The Sun Cowl

Island In The Sun Cowl | USD $12.00

About The Project Name

Island In The Sun by Weezer because I had already used Caribbean Queen by Billy Ocean, which would have been better because of the yarn color; but, I do like Weezer better.

About The Yarn

Bernat Viva

Fiber Content: 82% Acrylic, 18% Nylon
Yarn Color: 51734 Caribbean
Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky

It has been so long since I worked with a super bulky yarn that it took a little getting used to again. Considering the short color runs, I am pretty convinced that this would have looked similar knit.

About The Project

I really wanted to knit, but having only one skein (approximately 85 yards), I was restricted to usable items I could knit. I did have a little extra yarn, so I can’t guarantee it as a one skein project. However, I did stop about the same place I began after using my extra due to a knot in the whole skein towards the end.

Additionally, there is too much frustration knitting small items, as I am restricted to 24 inch cables, due to my large hands. I started to knit a medium cowl, but forgot about curling of stockinette, so decided to crochet in stockinette, no curling.

Dimensions: 12 (D) x 8 (H) inches
Price: USD $12.00, less 25% Friends & Family Discount, where applicable

I was going to write a recipe, but just discovered that my stitch is not identified as I thought, and it appears I might have created a new stitch: Single Crochet Stockinette – at least to me!

Cousins Lapghan

“If your art life is gritty, you’ll be toasting my health…

Continue reading “Cousins Lapghan”

Buffy Come Back Cowl

Buffy Come Back Cowl
©A Hooker’s World

Here is the next cowl to be donated to Handmade Especially For You, unless you like it so much and would like to purchase it at the reduced Price: USD $20.00. This cowl is seamed. I recommend wearing with seam at back of neck, as pictured. As you can see, the colors include white, pink, beige, grey, burgundy and a touch of blue and green in one of the multi-colored yarns, all of which are of a thick, bulky weight. The fiber content is most assuredly all acrylic/man-made fibers. The only identifiable yarn used in this cowl is Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: 6, Bulky).

The construction is a back loop, single crochet ripple with an US M/10 mm hook. I began with a foundation chain of 17. Row one is worked in the bottom of the foundation chain. Every row is 2sctog, 6 sc, 3 sc in the same (center) stitch, 6 sc, 2 sctog. The seam was done in pattern attaching to the front loop of the foundation chain.

When using the white/burgundy/grey novelty yarn (pictured at upper right), I held a strand of Cascade Cherub DK (Fiber Content: 55% Nylon, 45% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 01; Yarn Weight: 3, DK, Light Worsted) to ease in stitch identification.

The name of this cowl — Buffy Come Back by Angel and the Reruns – is a random selection from my music library.

2014-08-07 ADDENDUM

Apparently, the cowl is long enough to wrap three times and keep your neck nice and warm.

Buffy Come Back Cowl
©A Hooker’s World

Natural High Mobius Cowl

Natural High Mobius Cowl
©A Hooker’s World

Having rummaged through my stash recently to donate some yarn to Studio Royale Assisted Living Knit Group, I actually used some of my scraps to make this seamed mobius cowl, which will be donated to Handmade Especially For You. I made the mistake of “seaming” this into a mobius. I only say that because I am deciding that a mobius cowl should only be for shorter cowls that one would not wrap twice.

Only two yarns were identifiable:

  • Super Yarn Mart! Superlon (Fiber Content: 100% Super Spun Acrylic; Yarn Color: 100 Black; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
  • Plymouth Encore (Fiber Content: 75% Acrylic, 25% Wool; Yarn Color: 0256; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)

The third identifiable yarn was the bought at The Knitting Tree, L A to finish this piece: Feza Lady (Fiber Content: 100% Nylon; Yarn Color: 112; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)

Apparently, I got used to the new wimpy worsted weight yarns and used a US 8/H – 5 mm hook, which cause portions of the cowl fabric to be dense. Crucify me for my attitude, but it’s a donation, so I am not really concerned, but have taken the knowledge and will apply in future projects.

The name of this cowl – Natural High by Bloodstone – comes from the colors used: white, ecru, browns, blacks and greys.

If you are keen to make something similar, here is the recipe: 24 double crochets worked between stitches to desired length with a crab stitch border of the Feza Lady, triple-stranded.

The Boy With The Thorn In His Side Wrap: Pattern

Here is another version of The Boy With The Thorn In His Side Wrap, this time made with Schoppel-Wolle’s IN Silk (Fiber Content: 75% Merino Wool, 25% Silk; Yarn Color: 6683 Celery; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted). I think the inclusion of the silk lends a lightness to the finished wrap. The primary difference between this version and the acrylic version is the length and design, measuring 74 (length) x 26 (widest width) inches, and the absence of the slip stitch section and the final treble crochet border at the widest edge. The final treble crochet border would have caused me to break into a fourth skein and being financially challenged, $23.60 per skein did not seem worth it, as most of the skein would have been unused. Perhaps if I had crocheted the wrap with a tighter tension, I would have had enough for the treble crochet border, but I wanted more drape to the piece so I opted for a loose tension.

A special thanks to my model: Ellen, who is impervious to camera shame, a master crocheter and excellent knitter.

The pattern is written as an recipe to accommodate easy adjustment for width and includes instructions for the acrylic version as well, which includes the final treble crochet border and the slip stitch section. I intentionally left of the slip stitch section on the final version because other than acting as added weight and length, the eyelets were hardly visible and the construction a challenging. The pattern may be purchased from my patterns page or from my Ravelry store.

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