Sparkly Broomstick Lace Cowl

Now that the weather is getting cooler, I can break out some of the scarf projects I’ve made over the past year. Including my first (and so far only) attempt at broomstick lace.

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I made this sparkly broomstick lace cowl using this helpful tutorial. The yarn is Feza Jewel in Plum from my stash (two skeins). Wish I’d had a little more yarn to use so I could have made a longer infinity scarf.

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I’d also use a larger “broomstick” next time. I ended up using a jumbo knitting needle, but it didn’t make holes that were as large as I would have liked. The tutorial at the link above offers some good suggestions, and you can also buy broomstick lace pins that seem like they would work well. It was a fun and mostly stress-free project – a good one to try if you’re looking for a project that doesn’t require constant pattern-checking.

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Cobweb Scarf

I don’t know about you, but I just can’t stop creating scarves. For someone who likes to try different different types of patterns, stitches, and yarns, there’s no better project. Plus, they’re awesome gifts. And to keep. A girl just can’t have too many. I made this one almost a year ago. (Wow, has it been that long?!) It’s the Cobweb Scarf by Joan Barnett.

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I used Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet Cotton in the Monet (930) variegated colorway. I’d loved this thread for a long time (still do), and was looking for an awesome way to use it. The stitch pattern, which was pretty easy to memorize, and the beading are lovely.

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I modified my version slightly by adding more “cobweb” square repeats (six across instead of just three), and incorporated more beading on the edges.

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I’m not going to lie – the beading was such a pain on this project. I used a thumbtack to shove the thread loop through the tiny beads. Every. Single. Time. Lots of poked fingers, and my patience was definitely tested. I wouldn’t recommend using such small beads if you don’t have lots of time to get this project done. For me, the result is worth it. It’s a little heavy, but I like wearing it.

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This was one of my projects for the contest last summer… I’m pretty sure it got an Honorable Mention in the accessory category.