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Create Broomstick Lace: The Quick Lace
Use a Crochet Hook and a Giant Knitting Needle to Make Quick Lace Fabric from Yarn
Broomstick Lace Supplies and Technique
In addition to a standard crochet hook, you will need a jiffy lace pin (jack pin in the U.K.) which is a single size 50 or 35 (U.S.) knitting needle or half-inch wooden dowel. While conventional lace is made with cobweb-like threads, broomstick lace is usually made with worsted weight yarn on a size 50 pin or sport weight yarn on a size 35 pin.
How to make broomstick lace
If you have done afghan stitch, also called Tunisian crochet, the broomstick lace technique will seem similar. In afghan stitch each row is made in two steps: first the loops are worked onto the hook; then the loops are worked off.
Broomstick crochet rows are also made in two steps. In the first step, loops are pulled up with a crochet hook and placed on the jiffy lace pin. Step two uses the crochet hook to pick up a group of loops, usually five loops at a time, and work single crochet stitches equal in number to the loops in each group. In other words, five loops would be grouped together by working five single crochet stitches through all five loops.
After the loops have been worked off the pin, the process begins again with loops pulled up through the tops of the single crochet stitches just worked.
Video Tutorial on Broomstick Lace Stitch
Interesting Crochet Lace Variations
Links to Free Broomstick Lace Patterns
A triangular shawl is a good project for learning to make decreases in the broomstick lace pattern. A conventional crocheted edging is included in the pattern.
This broomstick lace afghan square is quick to make. Crochet a batch of easy squares to be sewn together into an afghan of any size desired. These quick squares would be ideal for charity crocheting or a last minute baby shower gift.
This cute baby dress made in Luster Sheen yarn combines regular crochet in the bodice with a lovely broomstick lace skirt. The illustrated instructions include nine-month, twelve-month, and eighteen-month sizes.
Enjoy making quick lace projects that look like they took much longer. The broomstick lace technique adds variety to your crocheting with just one inexpensive tool: the jiffy lace pin. If money is tight, you may even use your broomstick!