A few weeks ago, I discovered Broomstick Lace.
I had never heard of it before so I had to try it. It involves these two tools:
My “broomstick” was the 35 mm knitting needle, and I used a size I crochet hook. Next, I followed a great free tutorial from craftsy.com: How to Crochet Broomstick Lace. After I played with the stitch a little, I decided it might be a great stitch for infinity cowl.
The tutorial provides very clear instructions, but here’s just a brief introduction: I made a chain and then single crocheted across. Next I pulled up stitches onto the “broomstick”. This is a little awkward and unwieldy at first. I wasn’t sure how to hold the giant knitting needle and the hook, but with some practice I got it. The tutorial has great photos which explain in detail how to do this.
After I put all the loops onto the needle, I got to slide them all off! Then I crocheted them in groups of 5 (at least this is what I did for my pattern). The end result looks like this:
I didn’t have an exact pattern to make a cowl in this stitch, so I had to play with width. I made a chain of 40 stitches for the black cowl, and this made a width of 8 “clusters” (about 9 inches wide). I wanted to try a more narrow cowl, so I made the red one by making a chain of 30 stitches, and this cowl was 6 “clusters” wide (about 7 inches).
I love the way this stitch looks. It made for a very squishy and warm cowl.
I made the cowls about 64 inches long. I used mattress stitch to sew the ends together, but I think whip stitch would work fine as well.
So the basic pattern is:
Supplies: 35mm Knitting needle. Size I Crochet hook. Worsted Weight yarn. I used some Lion’s Brand Heartland that I had in my stash. (You could of course play with different weights too.)
Follow Craftsy.com Broomstick Lace tutorial to learn the stitch.
Wide cowl: Begin with a 40 stitch chain. There will be 8 clusters of 5 stitches. Repeat the row to desired length. I made mine 64 inches long. Sew ends together.
Not Quite as Wide Cowl: Begin with a 30 stitch chain. There will be 6 clusters of 5 stitches. Repeat the row to desired length. I made the red one 64 inches long as well. Sew ends together.
I couldn’t get any great pictures of me modeling the cowl so I asked Davey to help me. He was being silly because I asked him for a big grin. I got it.
I highly recommend trying out broomstick lace. It’s a fun variation of crochet, and I really love the look of the stitch. It works great for an infinity cowl as well!