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Thursday, 20 August 2015

How To Crochet: Broomstick Lace

How To Crochet: Broomstick Lace
By Robin Beers


The broomstick lace stitch is a very pretty stitch that is made using both a crochet hook and a knitting needle. The concept is to loop your crocheted stitches onto a larger knitting needle, and then to gather them up in groups for a lacy effect.
You can use a very large knitting needle for bigger loops and you can create different rows with different size stitches. The only stitch that you need to know is single crochet, can you believe it?
For this tutorial, I used my favorite crochet thread in size 3 with a size C crochet hook and a size 17 knitting needle.
The usual grouping of stitches is 4 to 6. Your initial chain will vary in length depending on how many groups of stitches you want to make. In this example, I am going to make 4 groups of 5 stitches so I will chain 20.

How to Crochet: Broomstick Lace Increase
By Candace


Broomstick lace, like any other technique, has a lot of potential, especially when you add shaping to your repertoire. Fortunately, making increases in broomstick lace is fairly easy if you are comfortable with shaping and making broomstick lace.
All you have to do is make more stitches in the groups of loops.

How to Crochet: Broomstick Lace Decrease
By Candace


If you’ve already tried increasing broomstick lace, you probably know shaping isn’t too complicated. Like the broomstick lace increase, the decrease is worked on the single crochet row.

As with the increase tutorial, I am working with groups of four loops. I will be decreasing from three groups to two, which means going from 12 stitches to 8. The numbers don’t work evenly in this case, so I work 3 sc in the first and last groups and two sc in the middle group.

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