A while back I made a video tutorial on Broomstick Lace, and showed you just how easy this stitch can be. Though it looks intimidating, an experienced crocheter should be able to master it in an evening – probably less! And a new crocheter with the motivation to tackle this technique is sure to succeed. Once you’ve got it down, you can make all sorts of things with broomstick lace – and here I’ve gathered some of my favorites!
Ruffle yarn (aka mesh yarn) is the newest entry to the novelty yarn market, and there are several competitors out there: Premier Starbella, Red Heart Boutique Sashay, Spinrite Pirouette, Bernat Twist ‘N Twirl, and more added every day. Primarily they’re used to make twisty ruffle scarves – just the other day I spotted one such scarf on a local celebrity! And while the twirly ruffle scarves are very pretty, you can bet that designers have been hard at work thinking up other fun uses for this yarn. Here are 16 free knit and crochet patterns that use ruffle yarns in new ways!
The shawl has made a huge comeback in fashion, worn both traditionally and “backwards” as a triangular scarf. There are many gorgeous patterns out now…and so many of them look like they’d take ages to make! While the end result is no doubt worth it, I know that sometimes you want (or need!) a project that works up fast fast fast. So today I’ve gathered together 10 free patterns for crochet shawls that take less than 450 yards of yarn to make – great for gift giving, and perfect when you want something special to wear to that holiday party, but don’t have a lot of time to prepare!