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Broomstick Lace Popcorn Afghan

This broomstick crochet afghan pattern is a bit different from your everyday broomstick lace. I incorporated popcorns into the design for a nice “popping” texture, but you can easily omit them if you like. However, the popcorns make for a bold and fun afghan that will be appreciated by everyone. Plus they will look great on any bed or couch.

Broomstick Lace Popcorn Afghan
Broomstick Lace Popcorn Afghan

Crochet it in a single color as shown, or use up your stash for a super colorful broomstick afghan. With that said, I prefer the solid color!

Another thing I should mention, and maybe it is just me, but I did not find this pattern to be relaxing! AT ALL!!! I prefer relaxing patterns, but at the same time, I love the bold and lacy textures, making it worth my time.

The Size

The finished size is 55 by 55 inches square. However, this broomstick afghan is super easy to adjust in size as needed including the length and width. Thus, you can use any kind of yarn, as well as any hook and needle suitable for the yarn.

The stitch multiple is 10 + 6 for your starting chains. Use this Blanket Size Chart as a reference.

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Crochet Blanket Size Chart

The Yarn

I used a worsted weight yarn, Red Heart Comfort, which is slightly thicker than the Super Saver; but either will work. It is an acrylic yarn, and one of the most economic yarns on the market. It washes well and softens every time you wash it, so what could be better than that?

With that said, I’m sure you could substitute most any other yarn and brand that you would like.

Red Heart Comfort

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The Stitch Pattern

Broomstick lace is an ancient technique, which originally was worked over broomsticks, hence the name. It is also known as peacock or jiffy lace.

One of the great things about this lace is that it is all worked from one side of the fabric. So there is no turning in this pattern.

The pattern is started as normal with the first row worked from right to left. Then we have what I call the “Loop Row”, which is worked from left to right. And with the loop row, all you do is pick up loops through the fabric and place it on a knitting needle. Then for the next row, we crochet over the loops to create the beautiful lace, again working from right to left. For this pattern, I chose to work over five loops at a time.

Here is a Broomstick Lace Tutorial.

Then in addition to the broomstick, I added some popcorns. Popcorns are made simply by working five double crochets into the same spot and then pulling the top of the first stitch and the top of the last stitch together.

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Materials

  • Yarn: Red Heart Comfort (Medium, #4; 100% acrylic; 454g/16oz, 867yds/792m;) Color: White, 4 balls (approximately 1700g).
  • Crochet Hook: I/9-5.50mm
  • Knitting Needle: 20mm
  • Other: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Markers, Area or Mat for Blocking, Pins for Blocking.

Measurements

  • Gauge: 14 sts = 4".
  • Finished Size: 55" by 55"

Abbreviations

Special Stitch Instructions

  • Popcorn Stitch (Pc): Work 5 dc around the 5 lps indicated, remove hk from lp, insert hk into first of the 5 dc made, pick up the lp and pull through.

Notes

  • Do not turn at the end of the rows. When you do your crochet rows, work from right to left, and when you do your loop rows, work from left to right.

Instructions

  • Row 1 (Crochet Row): Ch 196 (or any multiple of 10 + 6), sc in 2nd ch from hk and into each ch across. [195 sts]
  • Row 2 (Loop Row): Place active lp onto knitting needle, *insert hk into back lp of next st, yo and pull yarn through, place lp onto knitting needle; rep from * to end of row. [195 lps]
  • Row 3 (Crochet Row): Insert hk under first 5 lps on needle, yo and pull through all 5 lps, ch 4 (counts as securing ch and first dc, now and throughout pattern), work another 4 dc into the group of 5 lps, *ch 2, pc around next 5 lps, ch 2, 5 dc around the next 5 lps; rep from * to end of row. [20 groups of 5 dc sts and 19 pc sts]
  • Row 4: (Loop Row): Place active lp onto knitting needle, *insert hk into back lp of next st/ch, yo and pull yarn through, place lp onto knitting needle; rep from * to end of row. [195 lps]
  • Row 5 (Crochet Row): Insert hk under first 5 lps on needle, yo and pull through all 5 lps, ch 4, work another 4 dc into the group of 5 lps, 5 dc around the next 5 lps, *ch 2, pc around next 5 lps, ch 2, 5 dc around the next 5 lps; rep from * to last 5 lps, 5 dc around last 5 lps. [21 groups of 5 dc sts and 18 pc sts]
  • Row 6 (Loop Row): Same as Row 4.
  • Repeat rows 3-6 until you have reached a desired length, ending last rep at row 3. Do not fasten off, but continue with edging.

Edging

  • Sc evenly around, working 3 sc sts in each corner; join with a slip stitch in first sc. Fasten off.

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