When I first saw the Broomstick Lace I thought it would be such an intricate stitch that it would be to hard for my skill level. Yet when I actually decided to look at a pattern and sit down and crochet the lace pattern it was actually quite easy.
Some things that I learned along my journey in working this lace is that it is easier to only remove the loops that I am working with. For example, if I am working in groups of 5 loops, then just remove 5 loops (or if I am working in groups of 4, then remove 4, etc., etc.). While you are working with the loops in these groups, leave the rest of the unused loops on the needle. When I am crocheting the Broomstick lace today in this tutorial, I will be removing five loops at a time from the broomstick.
Although this a relatively easy stitch to learn, once mastered, you will discover it is just a small indication of other larger possibilities that are out there. There are so many combinations you can add to this stitch to make so many different patterns, that I know you will be excited.
As I was looking for patterns I discovered that the Broomstick Lace is also known as the Jiffy Lace and Peacock Eye Crochet.The Broomstick Lace has been around since the 18th century and originally was worked using a true broomstick!! Most people today use a large knitting needle (19, 35 or 50) or dowel rod.
The larger knitting needle or dowel will produce a lacier effect, while a smaller one will provide a more closely woven fabric.
Because the fabric created is quite soft, it is perfect for crocheting clothing and afghans.
This is an easy level stitch, if you have mastered the chain stitch and the single crochet you can learn to crochet the Broomstick Lace. So let’s get our tools and a ball of number 4 yarn to start with. Once you have more experience with crocheting the lace you can use any size yarn you feel inspired to use.
Broomstick Lace Tutorial
You will need a size 50 knitting needle, an H crochet hook, and some yarn.
We will be working in multiples of five.
Start with chaining 26. (The Chain Stitch)
2. For a foundation row you will want to skip the first chain and then single crochet in the next 25 chains. (The Single Crochet)
Note: (For Right Handed Crocheter’s – Left handed Crocheter’s would do the opposite) Hold the needle in your hand and the hook in the right hand with the foundation row lying to the right.
3. Insert the hook through the first single crochet from the hook and draw up a loop. Slip the loop onto the needle. Continue to draw a loop through each single crochet until the end of the row. (pictured above)
Note: Do Not Turn.
4. From right to left and insert the hook through the first five loops and slip the loops off the needle. (Pictured above)
5. Draw a loop through the center of the group and chain one to hold the loops in place. (pictured above)
Note: This will twist the loops from right to left a the front of the work.
6. Now work 5 single crochets in the top center of the group. (pictured above)
Note: The number of single crochet work in the group should equal the number of loops you are using.
7. Insert the hook from right to left through the next five loops and slip them off the needle. Work five single crochets into the center of this second group. (pictured above) Repeat step seven until you reach the end of the row.
Note: As you are crocheting be careful not to twist the loops.
Note: Do Not Turn
9. To work the next row, extend the working loop and slip it only the needle. Draw a loop throughout the back loop of each stitch and slip it onto the needle.
Note: You might want to check the number of stitches at this point to make sure you have not increased or decreased. You should have 25.
10. Work the loops in groups as before.
Congratulations you just crocheted the Broomstick Lace!!
For those of you who fell in love with this stitch and your fingers are just aching to do more I have included a link to a pattern for a baby afghan you can practice this stitch with. It is from Red Heart.
Are there any other stitches that looked really advanced when you saw them for the first time, but once crocheted, it was really easy to master for you? Would love to hear some of your experiences.
Until next week, keep those hooks flying.