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The Lost Art Of The Crochet Should Not Be Restricted To Older Generations

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Crochet is a process of creating fabric by interlocking loops of yarn, thread, or strands of other materials using a crochet hook which can be made of metal, wood, or plastic. The name is derived from the French term crochet, meaning ‘small hook’.

Often unjustly considered a pastime for older generations, crocheting has been somewhat neglected, which is a real pity. This timeless craft is a relaxing way of creating wonderful accessories for one’s closet, but also for decorations which can make a house a cozier place.

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The main difference between crochet and knitting, beyond the implements used for their production, is that each stitch in crochet is completed before proceeding with the next one, while knitting keeps a large number of stitches open at a time

One unique stitch is the broomstick lace stitch, also known as the jiffy stick or the peacock eye stitch.

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The name ‘broomstick’ is derived from the fact that this particular technique involves a crochet hook to pull tall loops of yarn onto a dowel, with the dowel being the broomstick. The loops are then stretched from left to right and then looped together in bunches by a single stitch to form a beautiful circular shape.

Check out this excellent tutorial on the basics of how to crochet a broomstick lace stitch:

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Numerous items of clothing can be made using the broomstick crochet, such as this beautiful top made from a broomstick lace stitch…

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…or this tunic…

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…cardigans…

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…also accessories such as this cowl…

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…hats…

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…even gifts for your loved ones…

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…and bags as well!

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If you have noticed that each of the stitches look a little bit different, that is because there are several variations of the broomstick lace stitch

Longer chain or taller loops can be used as well as creating a cluster of stitches of varying sizes.

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Another variation involves increasing and decreasing the broomstick lace. One can also combine different stitches in a single piece as shown below, called the Indian Summer Lace.

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Other variations include the chained ridge or the beautiful broomstick chevron lace stitch. Whatever variation you may choose, it is advisable to master the basics first in the video tutorial above, and you will likely discover the joy in the creativity and calm which intersect in the crochet.

Happy crocheting!

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