Wednesday, February 12, 2020

February 8 Education: Broomstick Lace

Broomstick lace, also known as jiffy lace, is a unique crochet technique that highlights the character and texture of your yarn. It is formed by pulling large loops of yarn over a "pin" and then working off the loops with a crochet hook.  Originally, an actual broomstick handle served as the pin, giving the technique its colorful name. Nowadays, many people use a large knitting needle or other tool, such as a plastic ruler, to make the loops that give this technique its unique look. At this month's meeting, you'll get a chance to learn broomstick lace by starting a sample that can easily be turned into a stylish scarf or cowl.

The meeting will be Saturday, February 8, at the Textile Center of Minnesota (3000 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN) with the following schedule:

10:00 to 10:30 - Open crochet
10:30 to 11:00 - Introductions & business
11:00 to 11:45 - Show and tell
11:45 to 12:00 - Break
12:00 to 1:00 - Crochet education
1:00 to 2:00 - Open crochet & committee meetings

To get the most out of the meeting, please bring:
  • Approximately two to four ounces of yarn; while you can use any size yarn for this project, worsted weight is recommended.
  • Appropriate crochet hook for your yarn.
  • A tool to use for the pin; recommendation is a standard plastic ruler (they are usually about 1.0” to 1.5” wide) or one large knitting needle or crochet hook (25mm).  You can also use a wooden dowel or an actual broomstick handle if you happen to have one handy!*
  • Tapestry needle, scissors, and stitch markers.
*For more ideas about alternatives for pin, see the following project page from one of our CTC members: 

CTC members will be e-mailed a link to the handout with the February newsletter.

Monthly meetings are free for CTC members, $5 for guests.  Guest fee covers the cost of a printed copy of the handout.