Broomstick Lace


Also known as Jiffy Lace
or
Peacock's Eye Crochet

Sandie at Crochet Cabana has a superb Broomstick Lace tutorial
complete with pictures and information about the needed supplies
and where to get them.


Fig. 1
Finished sample
showing increase and decrease technique.
This sample is done in Red Heart Comfort Yarn on a 5.50 mm crochet hook.
I am using a ruler -which I find easier to hold-
instead of the usual Broomstick Lace pin.


Fig. 2
Chain 10 (multiple of 5)
Lengthen last loop and place on ruler.


Fig. 3
Insert hook in next chain and pull loop through.
Lengthen it and, without twisting it, place it on the ruler.
Continue in this manner until all 10 loops are on the ruler.


Fig. 4
Insert hook from right to left under first 5 loops,
YO, and pull loop through the 5 loops,
YO, and pull loop through loop on hook.


Fig. 5
Slide the 5 loops off the ruler
and work 5 single crochets around the 5 strands.
First Peacock's Eye made.


Fig. 6
Insert hook under next 5 loops, YO, and pull loop through,
-2 loops on hook- YO, and pull loop through the 2 loops on hook.
(First single crochet made)
Work 4 more single crochets around the 5 strands.
Second eye made.
First row completed.

Do not turn your work.
The 2-row pattern is worked entirely from the right side.


Fig. 7
Second Row: Lengthen the loop on the hook and place it over the ruler.
Insert hook through the back loop only of the next and each stitch,
pull up a long loop and place it on the ruler.


Fig. 8
Insert hook from right to left under first 5 loops,
YO, pull loop through the 5 loops,
YO, and pull loop through the loop on hook.
Now work 5 single crochets around the 5 strands.
Insert hook under next 5 loops, YO, and pull loop through,
-2 loops on hook- YO, and pull loop through the 2 loops on hook.
(First single crochet made)
Work 4 more single crochets around the 5 strands.
Second row completed. 2 eyes in the row.

Increase on the left-hand edge of fabric:


Fig. 9
After the second row is completed with the 10 single crochets across the top of the loops,
chain 5 or multiple of 5 (adding one group or more groups of loops).
Now lengthen the loop on the hook and place it on the ruler.
Insert hook in next chain loop, pull loop through and place it on the ruler.
Repeat for each chain, then working in back loops only of the single crochets,
pull up long loops and place them on the ruler.

Increase on the right-hand edge of the fabric


Fig. 10
Insert hook in FRONT LOOP of last stitch worked (arrow)
YO, and pull a loop through.
Now chain 5 or multiple of 5.


Fig. 11
Slip stitch in each chain back to the stitch marked with
an arrow in the previous picture.
Next, pull up a loop in the back loop
of each slip stitch and place it on the ruler.


Fig. 12
Follow pictures 4 through 6
to work the second half of the row. 4 eyes in the row.


Fig. 13
Work 1 more increase row.
6 eyes in the row.

Decrease on left edge:


Fig. 14
No chain. Turn work.
Insert hook through both loops of first sc and work a slip stitch.
Work a slipstitch in each of the next 4 stitches.


Fig. 15
With wrong side of fabric still facing you,
insert hook from back to front through the loop nearest you
in the next sc, YO, and pull a loop through the stitch
and the loop on the hook. (Slipstitch made).


Fig.16
Turn fabric so the right side faces you.
Lengthen the loop on the hook and place it on the ruler.
Working in back loops only, pull a loop through through each sc
and place on ruler. Leave last 5 stitches unworked.


Fig.17
Work second half of this row.
(work off loops in groups of 5)


Fig.18
Following figures 14 - 16,
work another decrease row.


Fig. 19
Work off loops in groups of 5,
then work one more row on 10 loops.
Finished project.

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