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Perfect a Technique: Broomstick Lace Crochet Patterns

Broomstick lace crochet patterns offer a beautiful alternative to traditional crochet. This technique gives you a chance to practice a skill set that you may not use often. It also gives you the opportunity to show off a little with the flair of a historic type of crochet.

Learn more about broomstick lace and explore five patterns to help you perfect the technique.

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Photo via Craftsy author Ashley Little

About Broomstick Lace Crochet

Broomstick lace crochet is a technique in which you take the basics of crochet and expand upon them by drawing some of the loops up into taller grouped stitches. Historically those stitches were pulled up onto a broomstick; hence the name of the technique. Today it is more common to pull those stitches up on to the base of a much larger crochet hook, a knitting needle or a dowel. The result is a fancy openwork design that can be used to create everything from simple accessories to full garments.

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Learn Broomstick Lace Crochet

Broomstick lace looks intimidating if you’ve never tried it before. However, it’s actually a fairly simple technique. There is a little bit of a learning curve but once you practice a few rows of it you’ll probably find that it’s easier than you expected. You can learn to do the basic stitch from the tutorial “How to Crochet Broomstick Lace” by Ashley Little. Then you can go Beyond Basic Broomstick Lace with the Craftsy class by Jennifer Hansen!

Broomstick Lace Crochet Patterns

Here are five broomstick lace crochet patterns from the Craftsy community that you might enjoy:

1. Broomstick Lace Cardigan

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Image via Craftsy member Mon Petit Violin

You can really show off the beauty of the broomstick lace crochet technique when you make a full-sized adult garment like this beautiful crochet cardigan designed by Mon Petit Violin. The cardigan is worked up with chunky yarn so it works up quickly, plus the chunky yarn makes it easy to practice the technique.

Get the broomstick lace cardigan crochet pattern here.

2. Broomstick Lace Crochet Cowl

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Image via Craftsy member GrammaBeans

A crochet cowl is a great accessory for practicing the broomstick lace crochet technique since it’s a basic rectangular project that is relatively small in size. This crochet pattern is enhanced with buttons to add a special touch to the finished project. Combined with the broomstick lace, the end result is a beautiful piece of crochet that looks far more intricate to complete than it really is!

Get the broomstick lace crochet cowl pattern here.

3. Offset Broomstick Lace Shawlette

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Image via Craftsy member Dainty Loops

If you’re ready to practice increasing / decreasing skills then this crochet shawlette pattern is a great broomstick lace project. It uses a standard repeat of the basic broomstick stitch worked into the traditional triangular shawl shape. Add some fringe and you’ve got a beautiful accessory to wear just about anywhere!

Get the offset broomstick lace shawlette pattern here.

4. Broomstick Lace Fingerless Gloves

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Image via Craftsy member kickincrochet

These fingerless gloves are simple to work up but they look complex because of the broomstick lace stitch. That makes them a really great pattern to use for making gifts or even special items to donate to charity. Make a pair in every color to dress up all of your own outfits.

Get the broomstick lace fingerless gloves pattern here.

5. Broomstick Lace Slouchy Hat

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Image via Craftsy member Katherine Donahue

Add something unique to your crochet hat collection with this slouchy broomstick lace hat. This crochet pattern is available in various sizes so it would make a great choice for a “mommy and me” crochet hat set!

Get the broomstick lace slouchy hat pattern here.

What are your thoughts about broomstick lace crochet? Is it a technique you know or want to learn?

 

7 Comments

Patricia

Yes, I’m sharing this to my Facebook wall to be able to refer back to it and try out one of these days when I have more time. It’s quite lovely.

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Elaine Taylor

yes I want to learn to do the BROOM STICK Crochet.
Thanks

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patti

in the early 60’s as a yarn stylist for Bucilla and Bear Brand yarns, working doing demo’s in Walnut Creek, CA — Capwell’s, a very cut couple shared broomstick crochet on a toy horn. In my motel i wrote the pattern. The next day the Boye Needle salesman broke size 50 needles to sell single. he didn’t take the pattern, so someone sent mine to Susan Bates. later checked with my hubbie’s 94 yr old grandma. As a child she worked the st. on a hoe handle. so, it’s been around a long time. We just brought it back.

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Tricia

I did my first Broomstick lace on a broomstick cut off from an old broom. I made about 3 shawls. It was interesting. That was back in the 60’s I had just learned how to crochet a couple years earlier .It has been around a while.

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angelica

I love these posts they are truly inspirational. Thank you❤️❤️

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Pam DeWall

I ordered the hook and was so excited when it finally came. I tried this stitch with a row of 15 stitches, it looked awful. I have been crocheting for many, many years and thought this stitch can’t be that hard. I will try it again soon as I love the look of broomstick lace and just need to keep practicing.

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