Broomstick Lace Crochet Halo Scarf
Lace Created working in the Round
2 Balls (175 yards / 160m – Net Wt 2.5 oz / 70 g) 4ply WW Yarn
Red Heart Boutique Eclipse in Storm Blue used for sample
Size “I” Crochet Hook
2 Size 35 Knitting Needles.
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
The finished size is approx 42 inches around by 6 inches wide. If you want the finished item longer, begin with a longer foundation row worked in multiples of 5 stitches. If you want the finished item wider, just add additional rounds of lace.
Each round of broomstick lace is worked in 2 passes. The forward pass places (loops) the yarn on the broomstick (needle), The return pass completes the round by crocheting 5 loops together (you work 5 sc in the middle of each 5 loop grouping).
You can either remove the loops from the needle as you crochet or you can remove all of the loops from both needles prior to the return pass. Take care that you do not lose any loops. You can thread a piece of yarn through the “live loops” to ensure that they are not lost or dropped.
Typically you use only one knitting needle when working broomstick lace. Since you are working this project in the round, you will be using 2 needles. You will place approximately ½ the stitches on one needle and the other half on the other needle. If you can find circular needles in the correct size, those work well too.
You do not turn the work. The right side is the side facing you. You will join each round to the beginning stitch with a sl st.
With “I” hook, Ch 225. Taking care not to twist the chain, join the chain tog with a sl st to form a circle.
Rnd 1, Ch 3 (this counts as the first dc through out the pattern) Dc in next ch and in each ch around. Join to top of beg ch 3 with a sl st (225)
Rnd 2, Working the the BL of each stitch, complete the forward pass of the broomstick. Return pass – remove 5 loops from the needle, hold tog, insert hook into the middle of the loops, yo, pull hook back through, Ch 1 (Work a chain 1 ONLY at the beginning of each return pass) work 5 sc in the middle of the 5 loops held tog. Continue to works loops in groups of 5 held tog with 5 sc around (you will have 45 lace motifs) Join to beg sc with a sl st.
Rnds 3 – 8, Rpt Round 2.
Rnd 9, Ch 3, dc in each the BL of each sc around. Join to top of beg ch 3.
Cut and secure yarn, weave in ends.
cpr October 2012 Karen Glasgow Follett