My Indian Summer Lace Top uses a variety of broomstick lace stitches. You may have come across this technique before – but for those who haven’t – don’t worry, I have made videos showing how to do these stitches!
I also include the written description for how to work each stitch. To make a sample of all 4 stitches, begin with a foundation row of 20sts.
All stitches start by working loops onto the ruler:
Draw up the existing loop and slide it on to the ruler. Draw the loop closed around the ruler so that it is under a small amount of tension. This loop counts as being worked in the first stitch. *Insert hook in next stitch and draw up a loop. Place this on the ruler and draw tight as before. Repeat from *until no stitches remain. (The video for how to do this is included in the first video below.)
Slide the last 5 loops just worked off the ruler. Holding them all together, give them a half twist. Insert hook through the loops and draw up a loop using the working yarn, ch1 (does not count as a stitch). *Make 5sc into the loops. Now slide the next 5 loops off the ruler and repeat from * until no loops remain on the ruler.
Make sure that each time you are doing the half twist in the same direction as the first half twist.
Slide the last loop just worked off the ruler. Insert hook and draw up a loop, ch1 (does not count as a stitch). *Sc into loop. Slide the next loop off the ruler and repeat from * until no loops remain on the ruler.
Slide the last 4 loops just worked off the ruler. *Skip the first two loops. Insert hook through the 3rd loop and draw up a loop using the working yarn, ch1 (does not count as a stitch). Sc into the loop. Sc into the 4th loop. Now cross the first loop in front of the two loops just worked and sc into it. Make sure it is not twisted. Repeat with the 2nd loop. Slide the next 4 loops off the ruler and repeat from * until no loops remain on the ruler.
Begin at the other end of the ruler than where you have finished (i.e. slide off the first loops worked and not the last).
Slide 4 loops off the ruler. Hold the first two loops as if they are one and the second two loops as if they are one. Using your hook to make things easier, draw the second two loops through the first two loops. The first two loops are now unable to unravel. The second two loops are on the hook.
Slide 2 more loops off the ruler. Draw them through the loops held on the hook. Repeat from * until no more loops remain.
The tops of the loops look a bit like the tops of large crochet stitches, with a front loop and back loop. They are all “chained” together, hence the name of this stitch.
Draw the working yarn through the loops on the hook and ch1. Turn the work to crochet back along the tops of the chains. Work 2sc into the “back loop” of each chain. The “front loop” will drop down to form a ridge along the row.
Once you have made your lace, don’t forget to block it!