Crochet around a popsicle stick to create the lovely broomstick lace stitch (video tutorial)

With the holidays right around the corner, people are feverishly trying to come up with ideas for gifts. Infinity scarves and lacy tops are in vogue right now, so being able to make your own to hand out to friends and family will make you everyone’s favorite. Grab some yarn, a small crochet hook and either a popsicle stick, dowel rod or knitting needle. To create a finer lace, use thinner yarn, a smaller crochet hook, and a smaller rod.
If you want to go old style, you can use a broomstick handle in place of the knitting needle, but that might be a little awkward. With your supplies in hand, you are ready to embark on the Broomstick Lace stitch. All you need to know to do this is the chain (ch) and single crochet (sc). Check outb.hooked’s step-by-step video below for a great tutorial.
How to crochet the Broomstick Lace stitch video tutorial:
To do a scarf, start with a chain of 30. B.hooked points out that the Broomstick Lace is worked in multiples of five, so any pattern you do must be divisible by five. Once you have the chain completed, you are going to pull the final loop up onto the popsicle stick. Then, take your hook, place it through the chain, yarn over and draw that loop over the popsicle stick. Repeat this until you have 30 loops on the stick. Once all 30 loops are up, take your hook and insert it under the first five loops. Yarn over, pull it through all five and do a sc (the anchor stitch). Slide these five loops off the stick, twist them once and then do five sc in the center of the loops. Don’t count the anchor stitch as one of the sc. Repeat this for all the loops, working in sets of five. When you hit the end, pull the loop for the last sc up and place it over the popsicle stick, turn your work, and start the process over, working in the back loop of the sc. Simply keep repeating each row until you have your desired length.
What can you make with this stitch?
Blogger 4474 has figured out how to create a beautiful beret out of one skein of yarn using just the Broomstick Lace and the sc and the dc.
Infinity scarves are ideal for this stitch. Once you’ve reached the desired length, simply use a yarn needle and stitch the two ends together.
Mamainastitch creates a lace top. To get a larger, more open lace, she tapes two knitting needles together to use as her stick.
If you prefer sleeves, Make My Day Creative has a design for a short sweater with sleeves.
If shawls or stoles are your thing, check out Crystal Palace Yarns‘ free pattern for a Broomstick Lace shawl.
Although the stitch may be a little difficult to get to run smoothly at first, with a little bit of practice, you can eventually move quickly through the stitches and create all sorts of beautiful clothing. Its simplicity is part of its charm, and being able to change the size of the “broomstick” allows you to control the size of your lace. Welcome to the world of beautiful lace!

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