I am so excited to be participating in the New Year New Skill CAL! Today I am going to chat a little bit about broomstick lace and test your skills with a simple little pouch pattern that I designed. I have a few different tutorials for you to look at that are great for beginners or for someone more experienced that may just need to brush up on their skills. Broomstick lace can seem intimidating but I assure you, a little practice and you can make something absolutely gorgeous!
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What is broomstick lace?
Broomstick lace is beautiful stitch pattern that is made with crochet stitch but utilizes a large dowel or knitting needle to make an open lace. Broomstick lace is worked by pulling loops through crochet stitches, adding them to the knitting needle, pulling the loops off into groups of 5, and securing them with 5 single crochet stitches. There are many variations on how to work the broomstick lace so you have to find what works for you and what feels comfortable and more natural. I, personally, hold my knitting needle between my knees while others lay their knitting needle on a flat surface. I have included a few different tutorials below to help you find a method that works best for you.
What you will need:
To begin a broomstick lace project, you will need a large knitting needle. I purchased an inexpensive plastic US 50 (25mm) knitting needle from Amazon. I prefer the plastic only because it helps slide the stitches off easier. You will also need a yarn and a crochet hook that goes with your yarn. For my example, I used Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable with a size H 5mm hook. I like the Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable yarn because even though it is labeled a category 4 yarn, it is thin and the colorways are all gorgeous. For a beginner, I recommend using a medium weight yarn (category 4) to start with since it is a little sturdier than a finer weight yarn. Broomstick lace would work with any yarn though but it’s better to practice with something a little sturdier so you don’t have to worry if you have to rip anything out.
I have utilized a few different tutorials to help learn the art of broomstick lace. There are some videos and some photo tutorials, which are both great resources.
- How to Crochet Broomstick Lace by Lion Brand (photo tutorial)
- How to Crochet Beautiful Broomstick Lace by Craftsy (photo tutorial)
- How to Crochet a Scarf: Broomstick Lace Infinity Scarf Free Crochet Pattern by B.hooked Crochet (video tutorial)
- Learn How to Crochet – Broomstick Lace Tutorial Scarf by Naztazia (video tutorial)
Are you ready to try it out?
If you have taken a look at the tutorials above and think you are ready to tackle a pattern, here is the pattern for my Broomstick Lace Pouch. It is just 8 rows of broomstick lace, which shouldn’t be too bad! I hope you give it a try!
Broomstick Lace Pouch
Purchase PDF on Etsy
- Approximately 60 yds of Category 4 Medium Weight Yarn; I used Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable* in the Springtime colorway
- Size H 5mm Crochet Hook*
- Size US50 25mm Knitting Needle*
- Yarn Needle* for weaving ends
- 1- 24mm button*
ch – chain
ch-sp – chain space
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
st(s) – stitch(es)
t-ch – turning chain
() – indicates stitch counts
* – indicates instructions to be repeated
20 stitches & 3.2 rows = 4″ (in broomstick lace st pattern)
Approximately 6″ wide and 14″ long, before seamed (including flap)
- This pattern is written in US terms.
- Sizing will vary depending on how tightly or loosely you crochet. Gauge is not necessary for this pattern but if you would like to keep the sizing the same, please check your gauge before starting this project.
- This project is worked flat and then seamed to form a pouch.
Leaving a 16″ yarn tail, Ch 31
Row 1: 1 sc into the 2nd ch from hook and each st across. (30 sts)
Row 2: Without turning, pull up the loop that is currently on the hook and place it onto the knitting needle. Working from left to right, pull up a loop in each st and place onto the knitting needle. (30 loops)
Row 3: Without turning, slide your hook under the first 5 loops, pull the loops off the knitting needle, without twisting yarn over and pull through all 5 loops, work 5 sc into the center of the loops, *slide the hook under the next 5 loops, pull the loops off the knitting needle, without twisting yarn over and pull through all 5 loops, work 5 sc into the center of the loops; Repeat from * 4 more times. (30 sc, 6 broomstick lace loops)
Row 4-17: Repeat Row 2-3
Now we will begin working the flap of the pouch:
Row 18-19: Ch 1, 1 sc into each st across, turn. (30 sts)
Row 20: Ch 1, [sc dec over the next 2 sts] twice, 1 sc into each of the next 22 sts, [sc dec over the next 2 sts] twice, turn. (26 sts)
Row 21: Ch 1, [sc dec over the next 2 sts] twice, 1 sc into each of the next 18 sts, [sc dec over the next 2 sts] twice, turn. (22 sts)
Row 22: Ch 1, [sc dec over the next 2 sts] twice, 1 sc into each of the next 14 sts, [sc dec over the next 2 sts] twice, turn. (18 sts)
Row 23: Ch 1, [sc dec over the next 2 sts] twice, 1 sc into each of the next 10 sts, [sc dec over the next 2 sts] twice, turn. (14 sts)
Row 24: Ch 1, [sc dec over the next 2 sts] twice, 1 sc into each of the next 6 sts, [sc dec over the next 2 sts] twice, turn. (10 sts)
Row 25: Ch 1, [sc dec over the next 2 sts] twice, ch 2, sk the next 2 sts, [sc dec over the next 2 sts] twice, turn. (6 sts)
Row 26: Ch 1, 1 sc into each st and ch-sp across, fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing. (6 sts)
- Bring the two ends of pouch together so that the first row meets Row 18.
- Using yarn needle and yarn tail, whip stitch the sides of the pouch together.
- For a more finished look, attach your yarn to the side of Row 18 and sc evenly around the entire top flap and around the opening of the pouch.
- Position the button inline with the button hole created in row 25. Sew the button on using yarn and yarn or darning needle.
- Weave all ends.
- As an optional step, you can add an inner fabric lining to your pouch since it is a little open. I am not using mine for small items so I did not add a liner.
I hope you enjoyed my pattern! If you did, please leave me a comment below! If you want to try some other fabulous broomstick lace patterns, you can find a few here:
- Baby In Bloom Bonnet by Moogly
- Peacock Stitch Shawlette by Underground Crafter
- Broomstick Lace Wrap by Yarnspirations
- Broomstick Lace Top by Mama In A Stitch
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