knitting needle + crochet hook = broomstick lace

A few months ago I was visiting my mom, an experienced crocheter, and I asked her about broomstick lace. I had seen broomstick lace baby blankets, bonnets and even some couch arm covers that she had made (is that what you call them?) from the 70s. I asked her if she could show me how to do it, so she went to her closet, retrieved a big bag of needlework stuff, and pulled out a huge wooden stick. It looked like it might have been a dowel, sharpened to a point on one end. She said that my grandpa used to make these big wooden knitting needles for her out of actual broomsticks. Aha! Broomstick lace. I made a little bracelet (above) to practice. Totally not perfect, but I'm mostly a knitter so this is new to me. (Later, I made a belt and got much better at it.)
If you haven't heard of it or tried it before, broomstick lace is a crochet technique that uses a very large knitting needle (or broomstick!) and a crochet hook. Sometimes it was called jiffy lace or peacock eye crochet. I used a US size 50 knitting needle and an H crochet hook when I was experimenting. It's fun, the stitches build up quickly and I've seen it around the web a bit more lately, so maybe it's making a comeback. (Let me know if you're interested in seeing a tutorial ... I can make a quick video if anyone is interested!)

15 comments:

  1. Totally interested. love the bracelet!!!

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  2. Also interested in seeing a tutorial.

    The bracelet looks fantastic!

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  3. A tutorial would be lovely! :)
    I love your blog! Especially all the bits about your daughter!

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  4. I;d love to see a tutorial as well. Sounds like fun! Love the red of your bracelet.

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  5. I'd love a tut! I've always wondered what the heck those huge needles were for.

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  6. Tutorial that up Lady Miss! I'd love to make a bracelet!

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  7. I think I just queued a broomstick lace bracelet. It is a really interesting stitch!

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  8. Yay I'd love a tutorial and one on your granny squares would be fantastic too - love those squares :)

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  9. I'd love a video tutorial!! That bracelet looks so cool! Would be cute to make shirt sleeves with it, or a trim!

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  10. There you go, at it again:) Love this bracelet, you should make them and put them in your shop!

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  11. Soooo awesome!! I need one in black ha

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  12. Love the bracelet. Would love a tutorial. Love your blog!

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  13. I am soo totally interested in a tutorial! I have been seeing it on the web lately and I am in LOVE!

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