Friday, March 23, 2012

NaCroMo Day 23: Broomstick Lace

This little crochet challenge has been very heavy on the motifs lately, so I thought it would be fun to throw in something completely different...
Broomstick Lace!
Folks, this is the first time I've done this stitch since 1979. So called because it was originally worked with a broomstick (how surprising!), this stitch begins with a row of chain stitches. Then loops are pulled up one at a time onto a big stick. These days we use a big knitting needle. See--knitting and crochet need one another! The next step is to work off a certain number of loops (whatever is your stitch multiple--here it is four), twist the loops in the same direction* and apply single crochet stitches to the tops of the loops to hold them together, moving off the same number of loops each time. This way the loop groups are held together at the top by a neat line of single crochet stitches. Next row, you pull up another set of loops through the tops of the single crochet stitches, and so on from there.

The top swatch is done with worsted weight wool, size H hook, and a size 50 knitting needle (the same one I used all those years ago). The bottom swatch is sport weight cotton with size D hook and size 17 knitting needle. You could change up the yarn weights, needle size, stitch multiples, etc., to produce a different effect.

Now let's zoom in for a closeup. Can you see my mistake?

This was fun, although a little of a juggle. I found that it works best if your knitting needle is long enough to hold under your left arm when working off the loops. If the needle is too short, hold it between your knees.

Anybody out there a broomstick lace aficionado? Tips?


Marie/Underground Crafter said...

I love broomstick lace! Your swatches are very pretty.

My tip is to get the first set of loops onto the crochet hook and make your chain. Then I actually take the rest of the loops off the knitting needle. It is much easier to hold that way!

The Sewing Loft said...

I did that once! It was in the
70's. I made a lovely stole/wrap with fringe on the ends.

Pumpkin said...

I've never seen anything like this. It is beautiful! So perfect too!

fig said...

Thanks to you all! Hold on--there's more coming tomorrow. :-)

Jaz said...

Broomstick lace is lovely :)

Mel said...

Has anyone ever worked this stitch in a round?

fig said...

Here's a tutorial from my friend Jen, the Stitch Diva.

Now I wanna try it!