Free Pattern: Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl + Tutorial

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blogQuadrilateral was my third published pattern, released in the August, 2011 issue of the now defunct KnitCircus magazine. (You can read my original post about it here.) It was one of my early explorations into broomstick lace, and it’s very simple to make but quite stunning. It’s actually one of my favorite shawls to wear, but due to the rectangular shape, I usually use a shawl pin.



This post contains affiliate links. Yarn for the sample was generously provided by the now defunct Schaefer Yarn Company.

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog
My favorite shawl pin from Michelle’s Assortment.

The yarn in the photographed sample was is the now discontinued Schaefer Yarn Company Heather. You can substitute any fingering weight yarn. (I used Made in America Yarns Wayfarer in Bordeaux for the pictures in the tutorial.) I’m now sharing Quadrilateral for free on the blog, along with a photo tutorial.

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Quadrilateral: a broomstick lace shawl

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 501_superfineBroomstick lace seems like a complex hybrid of knitting and crochet, but this is a friendly introduction with no shaping.

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blogFinished Size

  • Length: 20 in (51 cm); Width: 54 in (137 cm)

Materials

  • Approximately 1200 yds (1097 m) in any fingering weight yarn
  • F-5 (3.75 mm) crochet hook or any size needed to obtain gauge
  • US 35 (19 mm) 14 in (36 mm) straight knitting needle or any size needed to obtain gauge
  • Yarn needle
  • Shawl pin (optional)

Gauge

  • 6.5 broomstick lace groups (33 sc) and 9.5 rows (5 rows sc + 4.5 rows broomstick lace loops) = 4 in (10 cm) before blocking. Exact gauge is not critical to this project.

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • 5 lp-sp – 5 loop space – space created by 5 broomstick lace loops on hook
  • BL – back loop only
  • ch(s) – chain(s)
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • t-ch – turning chain
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Rep after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Note

  • Pattern uses one straight knitting needle as the “broomstick” to create the lace stitches. A broomstick handle or other wide, rounded stick can substitute for the needle.
  • Right handed crocheters should work Row 3 with knitting needle in left hand and hook in right hand, working from left to right across the row. Rows 1, 2, 4, and 5 are worked from right to left as usual.
  • Left handed crocheters should work Row 3 with knitting needle in right hand and hook in left hand, working from right to left across row. Rows 1, 2, 4, and 5 are worked from left to right as usual.
  • Once you are comfortable with the grouping of loops worked with the crochet hook, you may remove the knitting needle from all loops in Row 4, taking care to keep the first active loop from unraveling.
  • Photo tutorial follows written pattern.

Pattern Instructions

Shawl

  • Ch 146.
  • Row 1: Turn, skip first ch, sc in next ch and in each ch to end of row. (145 sc)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, skip t-ch, scBL in first and in each st to end of row.
  • Row 3: Do not turn. Pull up loop on hook and place it on needle, skip first sc, *insert hook in BL of next sc, yo, draw up loop and place on needle; rep from * across. (145 broomstick lace loops)
  • Row 4: Do not turn, insert hook under first 5 loops, remove loops from needle (being careful not to unravel), yo, draw loop through 5 lp-sp, ch 1, 5 sc in 5 lp-sp, *insert hook under next 5 loops, remove loops from needle, 5 sc in 5 lp-sp; rep from * across. (29 broomstick lace groups, 145 sc)
  • Rep Rows 3 and 4 until shawl measures approximately 48” long, ending on Row 4.
  • Row 5: Rep Row 2. Fasten off.
  • Using yarn needle, weave in ends. Wet block shawl to measurements.

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog

 Stitch Symbol Pattern Key

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog
Stitch symbol graphics (c) 2011 KnitCircus. Used with permission.

Stitch Symbol Pattern

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog
Stitch symbol graphics (c) 2011 KnitCircus. Used with permission.

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Broomstick Lace Tutorial

Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog
Follow pattern instructions through Row 2.
Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog
Begin Row 3. Do not turn. Pull up loop on hook and place it on needle.
Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog
Skip first single crochet. Insert hook in back loop of next single crochet.
Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog
Yo and draw up a loop.
Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog
Place loop on needle.
Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog
*Insert hook in BL of next sc, yo, draw up loop and place on needle; rep from * across until all loops are on needle.
Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog
Begin Row 4. Do not turn, insert hook under first 5 loops.
Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog
Being careful not to unravel first loop, remove loops from needle.
Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog
If you’re feeling confident, you can remove all the loops from the needle. It makes the process a bit more manageable!
Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog
Yo.
Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog
Draw up loop through 5-loop space.
Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog
Chain 1 (as turning chain).
Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog
5 single crochet into 5-loop space: Insert hook into 5 loop space, yo and…
Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog
…draw up a loop.
Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog
Yo and draw through 2 loops.
Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog
Continue working 4 more single crochets into the same 5-loop space (5 single crochets in total).
Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog
*Insert hook under next 5 loops, remove loops from needle, 5 sc in 5 lp-sp; rep from * across.
Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl, free crochet pattern and tutorial on Underground Crafter blog
Don’t these look pretty?! Now Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until you reach the desired length. Finish with Row 2 and then fasten off.
Add to Ravelry© 2012, 2014 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern and the accompanying tutorial are for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern, the tutorial, or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern and tutorial, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2014/10/17/free-pattern-quadrilateral-a-broomstick-lace-shawl-tutorial/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

19 thoughts on “Free Pattern: Quadrilateral, a broomstick lace shawl + Tutorial”

  1. So *that’s* how you do Broomstick lace! I wondered if the “broomstick” was for the end effect or the tool used to make it… I see it’s kind of both!

  2. This is so pretty! I haven’t done broomstick lace since I was a child and remember that I had made a blanket for my Barbie dolls. It was really just a bit square, but it worked for Barbie and Skipper.
    I love your shawl and your yarn is gorgeous for this! :). 🙂
    ______
    Lee Ann
    Crochetgottaloveit.blogspot.com

  3. hi, that’s a lovely shawl ! i was wondering if this shawl could be worked width-wise. when the pattern reads “Ch 146.”, i think it means the shawl is worked length wise. rather than that, is it possible to do the broomstick stitch starting with as many chains as I want the shawl to be wide. in that case, how many chains and in how many multiples would be correct ? i usually prefer working up the length as chaining so many in the beginning gives so much uncertainty to me….not sure if anyone thinks the same way as I do though !

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Niko. This shawl is actually worked width-wise already. But yes, as with any pattern, you can make adjustments. For this particular version of broomstick lace, you would be working in groups of 5, plus 1 for your turning chain on the first row. So you could add or subtract multiples as you see fit to get the width you are looking for. Good luck!

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