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Broomstick lace is a historic crochet technique from the 1800s. Traditionally a crochet hook and broomstick was used. It is also known as jiffy lace and peacock eye crochet. In Sweden, it is called “Lattice Loop.”
Americans claim broomstick crochet as their own because there is evidence that the early settlers used it as a quick way to make blankets.
What is Broomstick Lace Crochet?
Broomstick crochet lace is made by using a crochet hook to pull tall loops of thread up on to, historically the broomstick, but today a large knitting needle is used. These loops are made left to right across the row. They are then looped together into clusters using single crochet stitches worked right to left back across the row of loops.
There are many variations of broomstick crochet lace and once you know the basics you can easily master the variations!
Broomstick Lace Made Easy
You will need a crochet hook and a knitting needle size 50mm or you could use a Q size crochet hook to practice before buying a needle for larger projects.
The size needle you use will determine how large the circles of lace are in the fabric you are crocheting.
I learned to do broomstick lace by purchasing 2 online courses. But I’ve put together a Broomstick lace made easy plan right here for you to learn for FREE!
This has to be one of my favorite lace techniques. It’s easy and fun once you get the hang of it. And once you do you will fly through projects! It’s not called jiffy lace for nothing!
The Basic Stitch and Variations
The basic stitch. Here is a great picture tutorial from Lion that explains the steps really well.
For those who want a video tutorial on the basic broomstick crochet stitch this video from the American Crochet Association is excellent!
Broomstick Crochet Variations
There are many many variations of this technique. Here are 4 video tutorials showing what can be done! The first starts out with the basics like the one above. Sometimes I find it beneficial to watch different people present the same stitch or technique so I included it.
These are presented by Make my Creative day. And the really cool thing is you can learn these variations to create her pattern Indian Summer Broomstick top! This isn’t a free pattern but it’s lovely and once you get the hang of it would be well worth making!
Check out all these wonderful tutorials!
3 Broomstick Lace Patterns for Beginners
Here are some Beginner Broomstick crochet pattern!
1. Test your new skills with a simple little pouch pattern! Presented by The Stitching Mommy
2. Try this lovely Springtime Broomstick lace pattern designed by Mandie the Mommy
3. This attractive crochet scarf is made from Caron Cake yarn using broomstick stitch and crossed trebles. This combination of colors and different stitches gives the scarf nice texture and make it extra eye-catching! Designed by Golden Lucy Crafts
For more ideas and patterns!
I have a special Broomstick crochet board you can follow for more ideas and lots more pattern links! Some are paid but many are free.