Thursday, September 3, 2009

Broomstick Crochet …

Another fascinating craft is BROOMSTICK crochet. Popular in the 1930s and 1970s, it makes lovely lace-style and delicate fabric for both garments and window furnishings.


The photo above, shows 2 ‘Broomstick Pins’ with corresponding crochet hooks below each one. The broomstick pins (large knitting needles, dowel or tubing) can be of any size – the larger the pin/needle, the larger the lace loop.
Simply this form of crochet is another 2-row procedure: Row 1 creates stitches (like knitting) on the broomstick – Row 2 involves using the crochet hook to group these stitches together by forming a crochet row.

It links both crochet and knitting and is ideal for anyone who wants to enhance their craft techniques. It produces a textile that is delicate and lightweight making it also suitable for baby garments and accessories.

An excellent reference book for both this and Tunisian Crochet is the 1987 publication: Exciting Crochet by Murel Kent.