Stitch School: Your Go-To Guide for Broomstick Lace

Broomstick lace is a distinct crochet technique that uses a large knitting needle or dowel in addition to the usual crochet hook. The knitting needle is used to create uniform large loops of yarn, which are then connected with crochet stitches to create a stable, lacy fabric. There are many variations on this technique, but

Broomstick lace is a distinct crochet technique that uses a large knitting needle or dowel in addition to the usual crochet hook. The knitting needle is used to create uniform large loops of yarn, which are then connected with crochet stitches to create a stable, lacy fabric. There are many variations on this technique, but the basic idea is simple, fun and easy to master – with just a little practice. 

Broomstick lace rows are worked in two “passes” – the Loop Pass and Return Pass – both made from the right side of the fabric, without turning. In some patterns, the broomstick lace rows will be written as two rows in the pattern, one for each pass. In others, only the Return Pass is written out as the Loop Pass is almost always the same. The Return Pass is where the variations typically occur. 

How to Work the Loop Pass
Note that in many broomstick lace patterns, the Loop Pass is worked in the back loop only; however, in the Spring Lace Infinity Scarf, the Loop Pass is worked under both loops.

At the end of the previous row, do not turn. With the knitting needle held to the left, slip the last loop on the hook onto the needle (counts as first loop).

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Moving from left to right across the row of regular crochet, skip the first single crochet and *insert the hook through both loops of the next single crochet, yarn over and draw up a loop.

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Slip the loop onto the needle without twisting; repeat from * across and do not turn.

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How to Work the Return Passes in the Spring Lace Infinity Scarf (pattern found on next page)

Return Pass in Ones: Remove the knitting needle from the loops, being careful not to twist or pull on them.

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Starting on the right side of the row, insert your hook into the first loop,

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pull the working yarn up to the height of the loop, yarn over and pull through the loop.

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Chain one and single crochet in the top of the big loop.

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Single crochet in each loop across to the end.

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Return Pass in Threes: Remove the knitting needle from the loops, being careful not to twist or pull on them. Starting on the right side of the row, insert your hook into the first 3 loops,

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pull the working yarn up to the height of the loops, yarn over and pull through the three loops. Chain one….

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and single crochet three in the top of the three loops as if they were one.

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Work across the row of loops in groups of three, working three single crochet in each group of three loops.

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While in the Spring Lace Infinity Scarf, groups of both ones and threes are used; in other broomstick lace patterns, other groupings and Return Passes may be used.

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Are you ready to give the Spring Lace Infinity Scarf a try? Flip the page and try it out! yarn ball

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