This cowl is a part of Twisted’s 2013 Hot Holiday Crochet collection. Check out the other collections, too: Hot Holiday Knits 2013: Head & Hands, Hot Holiday Knits 2013: Neck & Shoulders, & Hot Holiday Knits 2013: Potpourri.
I always thought broomstick lace was going to be something really hard and confusing. How else would one make a pretty stitch that looks like the long fanned plumes of a peacock? While it does feel a little out of control when you are crocheting into those big loops of yarn, it can be a lot of fun, and has a beautiful result. Try your hand at this cool crochet stitch - you might even get crazy and use a dowel, a broomstick, or some other everyday item as a one-of-a-kind crochet tool.
Yarn – Fingering-weight: 175 yards/160 meters. Shown in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight (100% superwash merino wool; 405 yards/370 meters per 5.5 ounce/155 gram skein), colorway Aurora Borealis.
Super-bulky: 70 yards/64 meters. Shown in Malabrigo Rasta (100% merino wool; 90 yards/82 meters per 5.5 ounce/150 gram skein), colorway Violetta Africana.
Gauge - Fingering-weight: 4.5 stitches = 1”/2.5 cm in single crochet.
Super-bulky: 2 stitches = 1”/2.5 cm in single crochet.
However, gauge is not important. The stitches will be heavily influenced by the size of your broomstick tool.
Hook – Fingering-weight: US G/4mm. Super-bulky: US N/9mm.
Notions – Tapestry needle and a broomstick tool. The fingering-weight version used a size 17 knitting needle and the super-bulky-weight version used a 2”/5 cm in diameter dowel.
Skill level - Advanced beginner (broomstick lace technique).
Size/Finished measurements – One size fits most. Approximately 22 24”/56 61 cm circumference and 6 7.5”/15.25 19 cm tall, after blocking.