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What is Broomstick Lace Crochet

Updated on January 4, 2012
Broomstick Lace Cowl
Broomstick Lace Cowl | Source
Broomstick Lace Wrap
Broomstick Lace Wrap | Source

What is Broomstick Lace Crochet

Broomstick lace is a unique method of crocheting as it requires that a knitting needle is used in order to create the lacy loops. It is also known as jiffy lace because it works up quite fast.
The broomstick lace technique was discovered in the 19th century and is still being used today to create stylish crochet projects.
Originally it was done with an actual broomstick, but today the use of knitting needles is most common. It does not matter what is used as long as the dowel has a smooth surface that will not catch the yarn and fray it. The larger the dowel, the lacier the fabric will be. Larger dowels are suitable for thicker yarns, while thinner dowels work best with thin yarn or crochet thread.

The broomstick lace technique can be used to crochet a nice lacy fabric. It is perfect for crocheting afghans, bedspreads and other home decor, as well as bags, scarves, wraps, ponchos, legwarmers and other clothing.

The Broomstick Lace Technique

In broomstick lace there are basically two types of rows, known as the crochet row and the loop row. The crochet row is worked as normal from right to left, and the loop row is worked from left to right. This eliminates the need for turning the work at each row.

The loop row is worked by pulling up a loop in each stitch and placing it onto the knitting needle or any other suitable stick. The crochet row is then used to crochet the loops off of the needle. The loops can be worked individually or gathered into groups of two, three, four, five or six. Each group of loops is then worked into as if it were only one. The resulting design somewhat resembles a feathered peacock, which is why broomstick lace is sometimes referred to as peacock eye.

The type and number of stitches that are worked into each loop various from pattern to pattern. One can choose a combination of stitches, including the single crochet, double crochet or even the triple crochet stitch. The possibilities of the combinations are endless.

As with other crochet, it is very easy to increase or decrease in broomstick lace. The stitches are easily increased by crocheting more stitches into the set of loops, or decreased by reducing the amount of stitches in each set of loops.

Broomstick lace can also be worked in the rounds. The stitches are only joined on the crochet row, which once again allows the work to be done from one side only. The only time one would turn the work in broomstick lace is when there are two or more consecutive crochet rows.

Where to Find Broomstick Lace Crochet Patterns

Broomstick lace crochet patterns can be found in crochet pattern books as well as online. There are many websites that offer free broomstick lace patterns as well as patterns that are for sale in PDF format. If you do a google search you will find many broomstick lace patterns that are available for free.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      It's lovely. I'd never heard of it. It's hard to imagine a broom used to be used to do this work. It must have turned out very un-elegant. The photo of the violet-colored lace cowl is beautiful crochet work. Voting up and awesome.

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      Rhelena 5 years ago

      kschimmel and PWAlker, Thank you for the feedback.

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      PWalker281 5 years ago

      Excellent video!

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      Kimberly Schimmel 5 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      This hub is worth a bookmark.

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      Rhelena 5 years ago

      Thank you MoiraCrochets! I would love to see your pattern, can you post the link? Thanks.

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      Moira Durano-Abesmo 5 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      This is a great introduction to broomstick lace. I used that technique for the the free pattern of BOXY Pouch which I published here on HP.

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      Rhelena 5 years ago

      Arlene, Thank you. It is really very easy once you get the hang of it, and very addicting too. Maybe I'll write another hub, or I'll find a video to demonstrate the technique.

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      Rhelena 5 years ago

      PWalker281, I have never done hairpin lace, but I seen a video on it once and it is totally different. I'll see about a video. :)

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      Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

      What beautiful projects you have displayed. I have not tried this technique, but I do have my mom's equipment. I don't think she remembers how to make things this way. Maybe you can write a Hub for Broomstick Lace Dummies like me? Interesting Hub. Voted up.

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      PWalker281 5 years ago

      I think I tried hairpin lace a LONG time ago but never broomstick lace. At least I don't think I have. Are they same?? A video demonstrating the technique would be great :-).