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How to Crochet Broomstick Lace

April 26th, 2012

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Broomstick lace has a beautiful, open look that really shows off the character and texture of your yarn. Dating back to the 1800s, this technique creates large loops of yarn that gently twist to the left, giving the finished project especially elegant drape. For a long time I was intimidated by broomstick lace, so I wanted to share how easy it is to create this beautiful, reversible fabric!

Ready to get started? You’ll need:

  • Yarn for your project: Choose a yarn you want to show off. I chose Martha Stewart Crafts Extra Soft Wool Blend because I love the twist and soft luster.
  • Crochet hook: Use whatever hook you feel works best with your yarn. I used a US K10.5/6.5mm hook for larger, more open stitches.
  • Large knitting needle (or actual broomstick, if you dare!): You can use any large needle for this project; the larger your needle, the larger your loops will be. I used a needle from a pair of ‘Speed Stix’ (US 50/25mm). When making broomstick lace, this tool is often called the “pin.”

How to Crochet Broom Stick Lace Step By Sep Guide with Pictures

 

1. First, make a chain. For this sample I wanted to make repeats of 5, so I chained 15 stitches for 3 repeats. Draw the final chain up over the knitting needle.

2. Crochet back into the chain, drawing up a loop in each stitch and pulling it up over the knitting needle.

3. Repeat until you have drawn up a loop through every stitch in your chain and transferred them onto the knitting needle. This step creates the large loops of yarn you will see in the finished lace.

4. Slide your hook through the first group of loops (for this example that’s 5 loops per repeat) and pull them off the needle. At this point, if it is easier for you to manage, you can remove the large needle from your work altogether.

5. Yarn over and pull through the group of large loops on your hook. Work one single crochet for every loop in the group on your hook (I worked 5 single crochet into the group of 5 loops). Continue this process until all the loops have been crocheted into. Note: make sure to check how many loops you have in each group to avoid accidental increases or decreases.

6. This completes your first row of broomstick lace! You can now draw loops up through each of the single crochet stitches you made in step 5, and continue to repeat steps 1-5 till your project reaches the desired length.

 

What new techniques have you tried that looked tricky at first? What would you tell a crafter who was nervous about trying a new craft for the first time? Leave a comment to share!

 

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  • Portialee13

    Thanks so much for the great tutorial.  Can’t wait to try this!!!

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  • Edna Dippre

    To ALL new knitters & crocheters……
    Never be afraid to try something new!! It’s just yarn…you can take it out if it didn’t work the first time. There are so many tutorials & videos to help teach you anything you need to know. So just choose what you like & go for it!! The more you learn along the way, the happier you’ll be… Good luck and always remember to HAVE FUN!!
    Edna

  • http://profiles.google.com/wzrdreams Grace Jones

    I love the how-to posts. I’ve never tried broomstick and now I definitely want to give it a try.

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  • Camiller41

    How is Broomstick lace use?  It is beautful, but I’ve never heard of it.

  • http://www.silphya.nl/ Silphya

    Really love this broomstick lace and will give it a try after buying me a large knitting needle!

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  • naz

    very nice thank you so much
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  • CdnErin

    I’ve never seen or heard of this one, it looks really different! What do you do after the first row, though?? Could you maybe show that? That would be very helpful!

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      Hi CdnErin, you’ll notice that the row of stitches has normal tops (the V you get at the top of any regular crochet stitch) that you can work into–you can repeat the process into that row for another row of lace or you can switch to regular stitches like sc or dc.

      You can see a good demo video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzzlVMwewnY

      • http://www.facebook.com/mary.blakefoster Mary Theresa Blake-Foster

        I really want to learn to do this! I just don’t understand the instructions.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.blakefoster Mary Theresa Blake-Foster

    Lion Brand has picture instructions for making ‘broomstick’ lace. It looks so beautiful but I am still intimidated. I learned to crochet with my Grandma peering over my shoulder giving step by step instructions. I can’t seem to learn any other way. Maybe I am a slow learner or maybe I am just not a visual learner. Do any crocheters out there know ?

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      Hi Mary Theresa, try watching one of the many videos on YouTube.com so you can see someone doing it–I linked to one in another comment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzzlVMwewnY

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      Hi Mary Theresa, try watching one of the many videos on YouTube.com so you can see someone doing it–I linked to one in another comment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzzlVMwewnY

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  • Cathie Huxtable

    Can any of you lovely ladies help me? I have a pattern that calls for a Size 30 Broomstick do you know what diameter that would be. US, UK and Australia sizes are a bit different.

    Thanking you in advance

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      Hi Cathie, I’m not 100% sure what it would be, since we don’t have a standard US Size 30, but I imagine it’s somewhere around 16-17 mm. Here’s a link to the FAQ from LionBrand.com’s learning center so you can see equivalents in the future: http://www.lionbrand.com/faq/97.html

      • Cathie Huxtable

        Hi Zontee, thank you so much for your really quick reply and information that really helps. The pattern is from Interweave Crochet Spring 2013 Edition it’s just a jewellery item so I assumed it would be a US pattern and size but seemingly not, so it’s a little perplexing. It’s no problem for my husband to make me something but even a wooden dowel size in Australian would be either 15 mm and then 20 mm nothing inbetween. I have a size 15 mm knitting needle but I think that would be a bit small but then again will 1-2 mm make any difference, With your help and the information I’ve read I hope I can get on with my project.

        Thanks again for replying.

  • liz

    Anyone know how to do this for Left handed crocheting??

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      Hi Liz, there are a bunch of great videos on YouTube which should help:
      http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=left+handed+broomstick+lace

    • Jennifer Prekopa

      As a lefty crocheter myself, I can tell you, I find it easiest to do my foundation, turn, and then pull my loops up left to right, then turn and work my loops left to right. But, I’ve seen some work their foundation, pull up the loops right to left, work the loops left to right and never turn their work. Both ways look the same in the end.

  • paty

    this is something i have been wanting to do but nut understood it i think this is cool i would like to wear a shirt or vest with this.

  • Dawn roll

    I like to learn to this

  • Dawn roll

    I like totry it

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  • Grace Wille

    Broomstick Lace Article is a competition item for our Free State Woman’s Agricultural Union in South Africa. Many members will visit this website to learn more. Best wishes to each of them.

  • clspicer

    I have been doing broomstick lace for years. For the big afghans, I use a #50 broomstick and I also do baby afghans. I use #35 broomstick for them. In the olden days, a real broomstick was used.

  • clspicer

    I think it is a #30, but it could be a @35. These can be purchased at craft stores.

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