Take A Ride On This Broomstick...Crochet!

Dec 14, 2012


Have you ever looked at a piece of broomstick crochet and thought., "how intimidating"? Well, I have! Especially when we received the projects for the most recent issue of Interweave Crochet Accessories 2012. Inside this issue is a very intriquing and versatile piece of broomstick crochet, the Bewitched Shawlette by Karen E. Hooton. It's a beautiful piece that can be worn looped (as shown) or just hang loose and open as a little shoulder-warmer. And it looks difficult when in fact, once you learn how to make a basic broomstick loop, this project is quite EASY. In fact, I learned how to do broomstick crochet just for this blog, and I'm glad I did! 

  Easy Broomstick Crochet
 
There are so many great Interweave Crochet projects I've wanted to make before, but hesitated because I was scared off by this technique.
 
 
The Raindrops Broomstick Lace Shawl by Jill Wright
Interweave Crochet Summer 2009
 
The Green Chai Cardi by Jill Hanratty
Interweave Crochet Fall 2011
 
  To start you off, I used this free crochet pattern, the Cables and Lace Broomstick Hat by Kristin Omdahl.
 
  To hurry up and get to the broomstick, I made a simple brim by making a row of 5 single crochet in the back loop only instead of the more complicate cabled brim in the pattern. Then, I began to pick up each loop of broomstick crochet and placed them on a size 17 circular knitting needle:
 
Many instructions for broomstick crochet will tell you to drop ALL of your loops off of the needles. If you are also a knitter like me, the concept of dropping all those loops is downright TERRIFYING! So, I just put my hook in the number called for in the pattern, leaving the rest securely on the needle:
 
 
 
  Next, you pull up a loop in the entire group of stitches:
 
  Continue to make as many single crochet stitches as called for in that same group of stitches. My pattern calls for six single crochet in each group. This is what makes that little eyelet that is the trademark of broomstick crochet:
 
 
With each new row of broomstick, you will pick up the new loops through the single crochets in the previous row. Here is my hat with two rows completed:
 
See? Not so bad, right? Now, go forth and conquer the Bewitched Shawlette and all the other fantastic projects in our special Accessories issue with confidence! And post them in the galleries so we can all admire your crochet brilliance!
Happy Stitching,
— Sharon


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on Oct 19, 2012 5:45 PM

This special issue of Interweave Crochet Accessories has more than 50 brand-new projects. A festive section is designed especially for the winter holidays, with a tree skirt, garland, snowflakes, a plush dreidel and more. Explore a new-to-you technique