Broomstick lace crochet: Uses and technique

Broomstick lace crochet

Also referred as jiffy lace or peacock eyed crochet, it is an generation old crochet technique. It is being used from the nineteenth century. During that period, real broomsticks were only used in creation of intricate designs of a single broomstick lace. Presently, it’s either some dowel or dowel pin which comes into use for similar purpose.

Broomstick lace uses

The well netted fabric created out of broomstick technique suits the preparation of trendy shawls, hooded scarves, ruffled scarves and prayer shawls.  It is also useful in making baby blankets and Afghans whenever blended with a trendy and well built knit or may be crocheted edging. For beginners, neck warmers and finger gloves could be the right lace projects.

Experimenting with knitting this broomstick lace at the round can be done by professional crocheters. The technique is perfect for preparing trendy and slouchy hats, beautiful neck warmers and beret bennies. This crocheted lace may appear stunning while used in handcrafted beaded accessories such as arm bands and bracelets.

Broomstick lace crochet

Broomstick lace crochet

Ways to crochet broomstick lace

Some patterns appear intriguing owing to the complex twisted design. However, in reality this is quite a simple pattern which suits an amateur or beginners. Barring a crochet hook, this pattern is achieved with a dorsal or large sized knitting needle and size 50 fits well. Mentioned below are steps to follow:

Broomstick lace crochet technique

Broomstick lace crochet technique

  1. Firstly, chain up to 21 prior to preparing any crochet with every chain beginning from second chain. Thus, there would be a crochet base foundation row along with 20sc. It is worked out with series of five stitches ensuring the sc number of foundation rows are a 5 multiple .
  2. After finishing with this foundation row, the learner should pull the loop and slide this onto knitting needle or dowel that’ll be useful for achieving the pattern.
  3. After marking the upcoming single crochet, put the hook into this and yarn over. Just pull up this loop and slide this onto the dowel. After yarn over onto this dowel, pull a single stitch out of every sc. Thus, the learner is left with a maximum twenty stitches on their towel.
  4. As mentioned in the earlier steps, the learner works with 5 stitches in a single turn. With this project, there’ll be four groups of five stitches for working out as 20 stitches at the dowel. All of these stitches can be taken away from the dowel as there isn’t a fear of losing stitches as in case of knitting work.¬†Those who aren’t comfortable in keeping the stitches off this dowel may pull 5 stitches on crochet hook. Leaving the rest upon the dowel is enough until it’s the period to work upon the upcoming five stitch set.
  5. After counting the initial five stitches, insert the crochet’s hook through these.
  6. Yarn over and pull via these five loops on the hook at a time. For the initial set of each row, work upon a single chain to achieve a turning chain.
  7. Work upon five single crochets through this way into the centre of these 5 stitches worked by you. It may vary depending on various number of stitches worked out by you. For instance, there’s a need to work on 6 sc at the centre for those who are dividing their stitches in series of six stitches each.
  8. First group gets completed after completion of a sc in each of these five loops. Just count five stitches next and insert this hook into it.
  9. Yarn over and as the sixth step, pull throughout the loops all together. Work upon a single turning chain at each row and there isn’t a need of working out the chain here.
  10. Follow eighth step until you’ve worked out four sets of five stitches each.
  11. Stretch out the work and observe if the sc made into the five loops is laying a foundation for upcoming five stitches that’ll be pulled onto this dowel. Follow the second step for pulling 20 loops out of 20 sc as worked out with last row.
  12. Practice from fifth step via 10.
  13. Keep repeating from second step to tenth step until you reach your desired length.

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