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Friday, April 16, 2010

Broomstick lace

 is a historic crochet technique from the 1800s which is done using a crochet hook and another long slender item such as a knitting needle.

It is also known as jiffy lace and peacock eye crochet. Traditionally a broomstick was used, hence the name, but the modern variant is a lightweight plastic knitting needle or smooth wooden craft dowel.

A larger knitting needle or dowel will result in a lacier effect, while a smaller will provide a more closely woven effect. Because the fabric created is soft yet stable, it is well suited for clothing and blankets.


Technique

As with other forms of crochet the base of the pattern is a chain stitch. The number of stitches in this beginning chain are normally counted in multiples of 3 through 6, depending on the desired effect.

The first row can either be immediately done in Broomstick lace, or instead incorporate a single or half-double crochet stitches. The "broomstick" or knitting needle is then used in the next row, as you pick up a loop through each of the stitches in row one and transfer it from the crochet hook onto the needle or dowel.

This part of the process is similar to knitting as all stitches in the row are being picked up and held at one time on the knitting needle being used. Once a loop has been pulled up through every stitch, the loops are then worked back off the dowel by sliding them off in groupings of 3, 4, 5, or 6 loops (depending on the desired effect) at a time and working the same amount of single or half-double crochet stitches through the top of each group of loops at the same time.

The overall appearance of the work will vary based upon the number of loops in a group, the size of the knitting needle being used, as well as the type of yarn being used. Experimenting with variations is encouraged so that the most desirable effect for the item being made will result. Typical items made using this technique include afghans, baby blankets, scarves, shawls, and other items where an unusual lacy effect may be desired.

6 comments:

Laura Lynn said...

So pretty. I have always wanted to try more than the basic. I'm not gret at crocheting. My mom was awesome and I have quite a few things she has made. Love it!
Thanks,
LL

Blommi (formerly reddoggie) said...

I am all thumbs when it comes to crochet.

Following from FF.

Tiffanee said...

Following you back from Friday Follow. I love to crochet and can't wait to try this out. I may be asking for help. Have a great weekend.

VKT said...

Hi there. I found your blog through Friday Follow. If you would be interested in following my blog, I would gladly return the favor.

Suzi said...

i'm shamefully late, but I'm finally returning your Follow from Friday Follow - havea great week! :)

Karen@WaistingTime said...

Thanks for visiting my blog:) My sorority sisters taught me how to crochet basic squares in college and I made a few afghans for gifts. Then forgot how to do it! I keep saying I need to learn how to knit so I keep my hands occupied while watching TV instead of snacking.

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