Hop on Your Broomstick Lace
Submitted by yarnivore on Tue, 2012-08-14 10:48
Here's a step-by-step guide to creating this lacy fabric! [By Ellen Gormley, first published in Crochet Today, September/October 2011]
1. You can begin with either a foundation chain or a foundation row of single crochet, but you’ll probably find it’s easier to start with an sc foundation. After you make the foundation, hold the broomstick/needle against the last stitch, remove the hook from the last loop, enlarge the loop, and insert the stick/needle in its place.
Note: If you use an actual broomstick, it may take some fiddling to find a comfortable way to hold it. Try hugging it between your body and elbow, or propping one end of it against your lap or a chair.
2. Use the crochet hook to pull up loops and place them on the stick/needle. Pull the new loops either through both loops on the hook, or through the foundation’s front or back loop, depending on what your pattern requests.
3. For each stitch, remove the hook from the new loop, insert the hook in the next stitch, and pull up another loop.
4. Continue this method of pulling up loops across the work and putting each one on the stick/needle. In the end, there will be one loop for each stitch in the previous row. One loop pass has been completed. Do not turn the work.
5. To begin the return pass, slide the hook under the first 4 or 5 loops on the stick/needle, as specified in your pattern.
6. Loosely yarn over with the working yarn and pull through to secure with a chain. Subsequent groups do not need a chain to secure, instead single crochet in the eye according to the pattern. If the securing chain is too tight, the first group will be too short compared to the rest of the row. The space where the chain pulled through becomes the “eye” of the broomstick stitch.
7. In the same eye, sc the same number of times as there are loops in the group. Slide the hook under the next 4 or 5 loops on the stick/needle and stitch in the eye as specified.
8. At the end of the row, do not turn. Remove the hook from the last loop, and place the loop on the stick/needle.
9. Begin the next loop pass with Step 2.