Pattern of the Week: Oakley Top
Broomstick lace is a fun openwork technique, so named because the handle of a broomstick was traditionally used as the spacer to create those wide open stitches. Today, crocheters can use a large knitting needle, dowel, or the handle of a Swiffer mop to give this versatile technique a try. In Natasha Robarge’s Oakley Top, the result is a rustic yet elegant fabric with wide open spaces to show off whatever camisole, top, or dress you wear underneath.
This unique piece has the potential for multi-season wear, it is just a matter of how you choose to execute your layers. A tank on the bottom for summer; a tee for fall coupled with a denim jacket on top… need we go on? Get started on this fun technique and gain a whole new perspective on how to work a stitch. Order up your copy of Interweave Crochet Spring 2018 today.
DESIGNER Natasha Robarge
FINISHED SIZE 35½; (40, 44½, 49, 53½)” bust circumference. Sample shown measures 35½”, modeled with 4½” ease.
YARN Berroco Mykonos (66% linen, 26% nylon, 8% cotton; 142 yd [130 m]/ 13/4 oz [50 g]): #8510 Kratos, 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) skeins.
NEEDLES Sizes F/5 (3.75 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
NOTIONS One knitting needle size 17 (12.75 mm); yarn needle.
GAUGE 18 sts and 12 rows = 4″ in broomstick lace patt, blocked and laid flat.