Monday, January 4, 2016

Broomstick Lace Crochet - Book Review and Giveaway






Have you ever tried Broomstick Lace Crochet?? This technique has been on my list for a while now, when I was asked to review this book by Stackpole Books I thought here's my chance.

In Broomstick Lace by Donna Wolfe I found so many designs I wanted to try from head, hands and totes to a beach wrap (my niece would love).




I like to make something from the books I review, I chose the Triangle Kerchief Scarf.  I used scrap yarn and a very large knitting needle I picked up (in thrift shop) years ago for when the day came.  My needle was smaller than what was called for so my scarf is a little smaller too, and that's ok.  
The pictures and directions are very clear to follow.  Donna brings you through all the basic crochet stitches, Broomstick Lace stitches in sc, hdc and dc. She shows an alternate way to work the stitch too.  Did you know you could do Faux Broomstick crochet without a large knitting needle?? I didn't. She includes changing colors, increasing, decreasing and working in the round.  All of these instructions give the adventurous crocheter what they need to crochet one of her designs or even create their own work.  If you don't have a large knitting needle she shows how to use dowels, rulers, tubing and circular knitting needles.

With all that said, here is my work in progress.


Not bad. I am left handed but crochet right handed, so some movements were a little awkward, but I am not afraid to "frog" (rip it rip it) to get the technique right. I also change colors, I used 3 colors from scrap of Berroco Comfort.


I really like the way it came out.  As always this 120 page book has great photography and an easy visual index in back to quickly find the pattern you want to make.  

Stackpole Books will send one winner of my giveaway a copy of Broomstick Lace Crochet by Donna Wolfe, US residents only.  Follow instructions below to enter. Entries must "Like" both Facebook pages.  If you do not win a copy you can purchase one at Amazon.
This book is a great "go to" book for any crochet library.












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