Broomstick Lace Crochet

Broomstick Lace

This crochet technique from the 1800s is also known as jiffy lace or peacock eye crochet. Broomstick lace crochet is made using a crochet hook and another long item, such as a broomstick.

Historically, a broomstick was used as the long tool, which is how this lace got its name. Now a plastic knitting needle or a wooden dowel is used along with the crochet hook.

A broomstick, with a large circumference, would yield a lacier and more open textile. The large knitting needle and dowel create a more closely woven fabric.

In traditional crochet, each stitch is completed before the next stitch is started.  However, this is not the case in broomstick lace.  Like knitting and Tunisian crochet, there are many stitches that are left open.

Broomstick Lace Projects

This technique can be used to make many things that would be made with traditional crochet.

  • Scarves
  • Shawls
  • Baby blankets
  • Afghans

The finished project is an open and lacy material, lending itself to the items above or other items where this unusual lacy effect is desired. See many broomstick lace crochet patterns to crochet lovely and lacy projects using this creative crochet technique.

Broomstick Lace Technique

This unique crochet stitch uses the crochet hook to pull large loops of thread or yarn up on the dowel or large plastic knitting needle.  The loops are made in a row from left to right and then looped together.

They are looped together in clusters using single crochet stitches.

There are several variations of broomstick lace crochet, and once the basic technique is learned, it is easy to learn the other versions.

Just like other types of crochet, the foundation of the pattern is a chain stitch. The crocheter decides the number of stitches in this first chain depending on the desired effect.

The broomstick or knitting needle is used in the next row, as each loop in row one is picked up and moved from the crochet hook to the knitting needle or dowel.

This is a lot like knitting since all of the stitches in the row are picked up and held on the knitting needle or dowel.

Once a loop has been pulled up through every stitch, the crocheter then works the loops back off of the dowel by sliding them in groups of 3, 4, 5, or 6 loops at a time.

The same amount of single or half-double crochet stitches are worked through the top of each group of loops at the same time depending on how the crocheter wants the lace to appear.

Do you want to learn how to broomstick lace crochet? Scroll down this page to find many tutorials on how to make this historic broomstick lace.

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What is Broomstick Lace?

Learn about broomstick lace. Wikipedia

Beginner's Broomstick Lace Crochet Tutorial

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This article is the ultimate beginner's guide with step-by-step on how to crochet basic broomstick lace and then it covers some of the variations and additional tips to help you with the pattern. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Beyond Basics Broomstick Lace

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This class teaches how to make broomstick lace starting with the traditional stitch and then dives into learning twisted stitches, feather and fan and scaly edging. The class materials include a FREE knitted wristlet pattern and a FREE crochet wristlet pattern. Affiliate Link to Craftsy

Broomstick Lace

Instructions with photo on how to do broomstick lace. Gritty Knits

Broomstick Lace Afghan Square

Make a unique quilt with this broomstick lace square! Crochet Crochet 'N More

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Broomstick Lace Crochet Stitch

Here you will find written instructions along with video instructions on how to do the broomstick lace crochet stitch. BHooked

Broomstick Lace Projects (FREE)

Links to free projects - Afghans, scraf and more...

Broomstick Lace Step-by-Step Video Tutorial

The broomstick lace crochet stitch is one of the most unique and beautiful crochet stitches. Learn how to crochet it. By B. Hooked Crochet

Chain Stitch

Chain Stitch

Learn how to make a crochet chain stitch with video and step-by-step instructions.

Chain Stitch - Left-Handed (Video)

Chain Stitch - Left-Handed (Video)

This video shows have to make a chain stitch using the crochet hook in the left hand.

Crochet Broomstick Lace

Practice the broomstick crochet stitch with this photo tutorial. I Like Crochet

How to do Broomstick Crochet

Find out how to create supersized broomstick lace crochet with our simple guide to this quick and fun crochet technique. Gathered How

Learn to Crochet Lace

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Origin of Broomstick Lace

The articles has a little history of broomstick lace. Living Well

Shawl Pattern

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Crochet a broomstick lace shawl with sportweight yarn. Affiliate Link to Mary Maxim

Single Crochet (sc)

Single Crochet (sc)

Learn how to make the single crochet. This is a basic crochet stitch. Watch a video and get detailed written instructions.

Single Crochet - Left-Hand

Single Crochet - Left-Hand

How to make a single crochet stitch using the hook in your left hand.

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