Right after I made my first three purses, I got addicted and made one more. This time around, I wanted to experiment some more with broomstick lace because it seems so pretty. I don't have a knitting needle, so I used an old pen instead. It was okay, but I got a bit short on length that's why my broomstick lace is not so defined.
Anyway, I love the ridges and the boxy nature of the pouch I made. I hope you like it too.
Background on the BROOMSTICK LACE (from Wikepedia)
Broomstick lace, also known as jiffy lace and peacock eye crochet, is a historic crochet technique from the 19th century which is done using a crochet hook and another long slender item such as a knitting needle. Traditionally a broomstick was used, hence the name, but the modern variant is a lightweight plastic knitting needle or smooth wooden craft dowel. A larger knitting needle or dowel will result in a lacier effect, while a smaller will provide a more closely woven effect. Because the fabric created is soft yet stable, it is well-suited for clothing and blankets.
My Free Pouch Patterns
Materials and Tools
- cloth for lining
- crochet hook suitable for yarn
- sewing pins
- sewing needle and thread
- big knitting needle or dowel
I used 1-cm single-strand plarn from 2 extra large plastic bags, #3 crochet hook, dark blue YKK zipper and cloth from a t-shirt that wouldn't fit.
- ch - chain
- sc - single crochet
- dc - double crochet
- sl st - slip stitch
- yo - yarn over
- The video shows inserting the hook in the back loop only when forming the broomstick lace loops. However, to make ridges where the broomstick lace loops are attached, insert hook on both loops.
- This pattern consists of 3 separate pieces that are joined together through sc's. The pieces are named MAIN (referring to the largest piece) and SIDE (referring to the small pieces).
Foundation Chain: Ch 40 (or any multiple of 5) plus 1.
Row 1: Sk 1 ch, sc on all the remaining chains.
Row 2:This is where the broomstick lace loops will be worked.Transfer the current loop into a knitting needle and brace it under your left arm. (Insert hook in next sc, draw up a big loop and place it on the knitting needle) repeat to end, an equivalent of 40 loops on the knitting needle.
Row 3:This is where the broomstick lace loops will be grouped.Insert hook right to left through 5 loops, draw a loop through the 5 loops, ch 1, 5 sc in the same 5 loops. (Insert hook right to left through 5 loops, draw a loop through the 5 loops, 5 sc in the same 5 loops) repeat to end. Ch 3, turn.
Row 4: Sk 1st sc, dc on all the sc's. Ch 1, turn.
Row 5: Sc on all the dc's and on the top of ch-3.
Repeat Row 2-5 twice. Break off.
On the foundation chain, attach yarn on the beginning tail end.
Row 1’: Ch 1, 40 sc on this side of the foundation chain.
Repeat Row 2-5 three times. Break off.
SIDE: Make 2 of this.
Row 1: Ch 1, turn. 3 sc.
Repeat Row 1 eighteen (18) times.
(Join the side to the main using single crochet (39 sc’s in all). Insert the hook where the red line touches. See the illustration Boxy Chart Pattern-How to Join. Notice that it does not touch the broomstick lace loops. Sl st all sc’s. This will bring us back to edge of the main. 40 sc’s on the edge of the main. Sl st to last sc. Break off.)
Repeat instructions in ( ) on the other side. Remember to begin on the unworked edge of the main.
I took lots of photos for this part but our family computer crashed. There goes my nine (9) months worth of photos. (Sigh.) I am so getting an external hard drive for Christmas!
Although I have lots of work-in-progress pictures here when I zipped and lined my purse, you still need to check out the tutorial by Carrie Wolf that I'm following. It shows the step by step procedure of how to apply zipper and lining.
- Broomstick Lace Tutorial
This is a very clear tutorial on broomstick lace with lots of photos to get you through.
- How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial | carriewolf.net
How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial
- Methods of Making Plarn
Compare double-strand and single-strand method of making yarn from plastic bags for crochet or knit
- Conditioning Plarn (Plastic Bag Yarn) for Crochet
This article discusses how to spin plarn with videos to the best tutorials. I also shared how to "soften" it if you can't spin it.
- All My Free Crochet Patterns
I now have over 50 designs for you to choose from - earrings, bracelets/bangles, flowers, hearts, squares, butterflies, dragonflies, necklace, jewelry Set, cross, headbands and cell phone cozies/holder.
Comments Make ME Happy!
Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on November 22, 2011:
Thanks Rhelena. I love back links... ",)
Helena Reimer on November 22, 2011:
Thanks for letting me know about this pattern. You did a great job and I will be linking back to it. Thanks!
Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on October 13, 2011:
To display photos in thumbnail style, change the DISPLAY STYLE (found at the upper left just below the "Capsule Subtitle"). The default DISPLAY STYLE is "No Border" but you can change it to "Thumbnail" or "With Border". It's so neat for tutorials or displaying many photos of the same thing.
I was worried if the diagrams are really helpful. If you found them helpful, then it must be.
PWalker281 on October 12, 2011:
Moira, I just love your patterns! Your instructions, stitch diagrams, videos, and links supply all the info needed to crochet your designs. I'm bookmarking this one. I like that you hand-sew your lining, something I will have to do since my sewing machine went caput! Rated up and awesome!
P.S. How do you create the thumbnail photos with the larger size photo below them??