Peacock Plumes by Megan Parrish

Peacock Plumes

November 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
4.5 stitches = 4 inches
in double crochet
2.75 mm (C)
175 yards (160 m)
Fingering weight and bulky weight patterns given.
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For years I thought broomstick lace would be difficult and confusing… How else would one make a pretty stitch that looks like the long fanned plumes of a peacock? While it does feel a little out of control when you are crocheting into those big loops of yarn, it can be a lot of fun, and has a beautiful result. Try your hand at this cool crochet stitch - you might even get crazy and use a dowel, a broomstick, or some other everyday item as a one-of-a-kind crochet tool.

Yarn –
Fingering-weight: 175 yards/160 meters. Shown in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight (100% superwash merino wool; 405 yards/370 meters per 5.5 ounce/155 gram skein), colorway Aurora Borealis.
Super-bulky: 70 yards/64 meters. Shown in Malabrigo Rasta (100% merino wool; 90 yards/82 meters per 5.5 ounce/150 gram skein), colorway Violetta Africana.

Gauge - Gauge is not critical, but it will affect finished measurements. The stitches will be heavily influenced by the size of your broomstick tool.
Fingering-weight: 4.5 stitches = 1”/2.5 cm in single crochet.
Super-bulky: 2 stitches = 1”/2.5 cm in single crochet.

Hook –
Fingering-weight: US G/4mm.
Super-bulky: US N/9mm.

Notions – Tapestry needle and a broomstick tool. The fingering-weight version used a size 17 knitting needle and the super-bulky-weight version used a 2”/5 cm in diameter dowel.

Skill level - Advanced beginner (broomstick lace technique).

Size/Finished measurements – One size fits most. Fingering (Super Bulky). Approximately 22 (24)”/56 (61) cm circumference and 6 (7.5)”/15.25 (19) cm tall, after blocking.