Broomstick or Jiffy Lace crochet was a popular craft in the 1970s. Broomstick lace is made in two segments, a series of loops and a crocheted segment. The broomstick lace technique is used for scarves, afghans, drawstring purses and clothing. Originally the crochet pattern was made on a piece of wood from an old broom handle. Today the crochet technique can be made using a stick, dowel rod, large knitting needle or crochet hook to hold the work in progress.
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Things you need
- 12-inch segment of broom handle, dowel rod, #50 jiffy lace needle, jumbo knitting needle or large crochet hook
- Size I, J or K crochet hook
- 3-ply yarn
Make a chain that is a multiple of five. For example, the chain could be 20 stitches long.
Pull the last stitch on the crochet hook out to form a large loop. Place it over the broomstick or similar smooth, rounded tool. Pull it slightly taut against the broomstick. The chain should rest at the bottom right side of the broomstick while the yarn from the skein is pulled from the back side of the broomstick.
Insert the crochet needle through the front of the next stitch on the chain. Pull yarn from the skein through the stitch on the chain. Loop the yarn over the broomstick. Always work from the front with broomstick lace. Continue pulling loops through the chain and place them on the broomstick. Be careful to keep the yarn from twisting.
Count the loops on the broomstick after going through each stitch on the foundation chain. Twenty chain stitches should have 20 loops on the stick. This is the loop segment.
Carefully remove the row of loops from the stick. Insert the crochet hook through five loops. Hook the yarn from the skein and make a single crochet in the top of the five loops to hold them together. Crochet 4 more single crochets in the loops.
Crochet five single crochets in each set of five loops along the row. This is a completed crocheted segment and one full row of broomstick crochet.
Pull the last stitch out to form a loop and place it on to the broomstick to start the second row of lace. Complete the instructions for a loop segment in steps 1 and 2. Crochet as instructed in steps 6 and 7 to finish a second row of broomstick lace. This is a practice piece for the technique.
Tips and warnings
- Combine broomstick crochet with other stitches such as half-double and double crochet for a different appearance.
- Keep the yarn from twisting when making the pattern or there will be flaws in it.
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