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Happy Halloween Everyone! Who’s ready to try the Broomstick stitch? I swear it’s not as scary as it may look. My Broomstick Infinity Cowl is easy and makes up quick. So you still have plenty of time to make up a couple for you and your favorite witchlets.
How I came up with this…
I don’t know about where you are, but here in Wisconsin this could mean cold rain, snow or warm and sunny. Because of that, costumes either have to work with the weather, or the costume gets covered with a big coat. I really try to work with the kids and make costumes they can wear, not cover up with a coat, but that work with the weather… unless it’s snowing, then everyone is a stay-puffed-marshmallow man or Ralphie from a Christmas Story. But that being said, this year the 2 older girls wanted to be witches. I remembered seeing a broomstick stitch on Pinterest, and a few months ago my (at the time 2-year old) found some fun super colorful yarn at JoAnn’s that I knew would look super cute in that stitch.
Since the girls wanted to be witches, I could make a fun & warm cowl. I also made one for my youngest, who ended up being a black cat, to continue the theme (yes we try to theme our kids’ costumes).
Personally, I found the broomstick stitch to be easy and quick to make. However, my mother said she found it difficult to be difficult to figure out. So to help delve deeper into this, I’m going to share details and pictures of how I do the stitch (and yes, I use a broomstick).
Making Broomstick Lace
Start with a “base” some people start with a chain, some people do a chain with a single crochet row. I like to do the foundation single crochet. I find it to be a good start.
Next, you’re going to pull up the yarn currently around your hook making a big loop. (And yes, that is my baby sitting on my lap)
Grab your broomstick and loop the yarn over the stick. I use my hook to loop it over, but you can just loop it over with your hands too. Pull the ball-end of the yarn to make the loop snug (but not tight!) around the pin
*For “loop” rows, always work through the back loops only of the single crochets.*
Next, you’re going to hold your stick, and working in back loops, insert your hook, and pull up a loop for each single crochet from the previous row. If needed, pull the ball-end yarn and tighten. Continue doing this until you reach the end. (you should have the same amount of loops as single crochets).
And now… The Broomstick Lace
Grab up your hook again and insert it through the first five loops, pulling them a little tight, but careful not to pull too hard. Now grab your ball-end of the yarn in your non-hook using hand and start the very first lace group (this same process will continue with every single crochet row). First, insert your hook through the “eye” of the lace group, yarn over, and slip stitch around all five loops, this locks the loops, but does not count as a single crochet. Next you need to make 5 single crochets in the loop group.
Next, insert your hook through the “eye” of the next lace group, yarn over, and single crochet (no slip stitch is needed in any of the following groups). Next you need to make 4 single crochets in the loop group.
And that’s it. Now you can make the scarf! 🙂
If you need a little more, the stitch tutorial from Speckless is a great resource. It’s very detailed, offers more in site into options, but is easy to follow.
Bonus, the yarn I used worked quickly and easily into the loops.
Well, let’s get into it.
Finished Measurements (all are approximate)
Length (When folded in half): Adult: 11 inches
Circumference:Adult: 22 inches
Width: Adult: 4.5 inches (without Fringe)
Yarn I Used
1 Skein of Big Twist – Rainbow Classic
Colorway shown: Brights and Blacks
For project: about 30 yards
Darning needle for finishing
Scissors for cutting off and making fringe
Gauge: 15 sc X 9 rows = 2.5 in (6.35cm) X 3.5 in (8.89cm) square using 6 mm hook. Notes:
Gauge isn’t super important, but just remember, if you use larger yarn and hook, the scarf will be longer. Or… Vise-versa, if you use smaller yarn and hook, you will get a shorter scarf. Also, if you use a thicker yarn, the broomstick stitch may not show as well, but is completely up to you.
To adjust length, increase or decrease the foundation single crochets by 5 stitches.
Terms to Know
fsc = foundation single crochet
sc = single crochet
BL loop = Broomstick Lace loop
Ch = chain
* * = Repeat instructions between * and * the number of times indicated
Row 1: 85 fsc
Row 2: ch 1 (does not count as a sc) sc across 
Row 3: Pull up a BL loop in each sc. [85 loops]
Row 4: Work in groups of 5 BL loops. Make 5 sc in each group of 5 BL loops. 
Repeat Rows 3 & 4 two more times, totaling three rows of Broomstick Lace. Do not cut or weave in ends yet.
Making the edge and putting together the cowl
Sc 2 more in the same stitch as the last sc continue down the side, *ch 5, sc into the sc of the top of the BL loop*, repeat * * two more times.
Ch 1 (does not count as a sc) sc into each ch and sc 
Continue the sc across the top 
2sc in the corner, then down the side; *ch 5, sc into the sc of the top of the BL loop*, repeat * * two more times.
Ch 1 (does not count as a sc) sc into each ch and sc 
Cut yarn, leaving a long length for sewing (about 16 inches). Finish off. Weave in the yarn tail from the first row.
Without twisting, bring the two ends together (wrong side facing out). Using the long yarn tail, whip stitch the two ends together evenly, working under both loops of the “v” in the sc. When you reach the end, secure yarn with a small knot and weave in the excess.
Making the Fringe
Cut yarn pieces approximately 8 inches long [120 fringe strings]
Using your crochet hook to help pull the middle as a loop, pull up enough that you can pull the end through the loop whole. grab the strands and pull tight. Place them in groups of 5, every 3 stitches. 
For the baby cowl, I cut the fringe to 2 inches long.
There you go! You have a cowl. My Oldest added a button and uses the large opening as a button hole.
When you’re done, take a picture!
Make sure to share your completed work with me on Instagram @thesmithcountry or use #TheSmithCountry or tag me on facebook @thesmithcountry! I always love seeing what the patterns I make come to life in your homes.
With a grateful heart,
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