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 out the step-by-step tutorial in the video above.
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What can you make with the broomstick lace 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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