How to make the contortionist crochet cuff…

August 9, 2010 35 Comments by Kirsty

Broomstick Lace

or buy one if you feel so inclined.

I had no end of trouble with the making of my own video. There was much swearing & carry on I can tell you. 

It’s three strikes & you’re out around here.  The Flip has been benched!  So…I’ve ended up with a how to make up the cuff.

There are a swag of videos on youtube demonstrating broomstick lace & you can check those out right here.

I’ve had a number of “can I buy” requests. Historically, the making for money thing hasn’t been kind to me…it’s taken the joy away.

BUT the requests got me thinking & then I came up with the “more than one & less than a few” idea. I was so enormously chuffed with myself that I decided to actually make a couple for sale.

The Sometimes Shop will be stocked for one week only & then they go to the present cupboard (more affectionately termed the craft-skeleton-hiding-cupboard).  Free Postage within Australia.

31 Comments

  1. Cherie
    4 years ago

    OoooWaaaa blue is mine … bliss ♥ A Squillion, Zillion Thanks Kirsty ♥

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  2. yardage girl
    4 years ago

    Love the grey – can't wait to get mine! Thanks!

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  3. One Flew Over
    4 years ago

    The clever crocheter strikes again

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  4. Amanda
    4 years ago

    Sure they won't last a minute..good for you!

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  5. Tania
    4 years ago

    More Than One and Less Than a Few is hit-the-spot perfect. Inspired solution for removal of the cringe!

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  6. CurlyPops
    4 years ago

    It's lovely Kirsty – and your approach to the online shop is fabulous! It's hard to walk the line between keeping it joyful and selling for money.

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  7. Leni and Rose
    4 years ago

    Awesome! Gotta get in quick though – the smalls are sold out! I know it takes the fun out – but I'll be on the waiting list please if you decide to do another one!

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  8. Fiona
    4 years ago

    Oh no – you're distracting me agan from all the things I'm supposed to be making again!

    I've just watched the stitchdiva videos and really, really want to play with broomstick crochet rather than the sewing machine. You're a bad influence, Kirsty!!

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  9. Jennifer Rose
    4 years ago

    i love that :D the shape is great. really going to have to make a few of these now

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  10. FASHION ICE
    4 years ago

    cool! i love it! come follow me xoxo

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  11. Rachel@oneprettything.com
    4 years ago

    Oh YAY! I am so, so excited about this. I want to make one right now but I'll have to wait until tonight. Thank you sooo much for this! I'll be linking and tweeting as well. I love it!

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  12. Dom / Bricolente
    4 years ago

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaouh ! Magnifique !

    Can't wait to have a try. Thank you for the idea an for videos. Merci merci !!

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  13. Cloé
    4 years ago

    Hello ! I'm a French fan from Paris ! I noticed your contortionist crochet cuff a long time and dreamt of it every night when one day… you offered me the "how to" ! I was totally unable to find a translation for the broomstick lace, so I learnt it in English (I'm a novice in crochet, knitting and sewing, but I try hard !)
    I made this bracelets and I love it ! It's on my blog, with the link of your blog.
    Thanks for the "how to" and for your very nice blog.

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  14. beadinggem
    3 years ago

    I can attest to how difficult it is to do videos having done only 2! This cuff is striking! Thanks for sharing. I will link in a future blog post so others can come visit. Pearl

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  15. Tiel
    3 years ago

    wowza…it is soooo goood.

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  16. Kimberly
    3 years ago

    I love this! It’s so pretty. I wanted to let you know I featured this on my blog tonight. Thanks for the how to!
    http://bugaboominimrme.blogspot.com/2011/04/bonus-yarn-stuff-again.html

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  17. emmasfamily
    3 years ago

    so beautiful…
    can i use it to post on my blog?
    thanks emma

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  18. Steph
    3 years ago

    WOW.. never thought about making a cuff like that, so cute :-) thanks for sharing!!!!!

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  19. Chrissy
    3 years ago

    Hi, this is absolutely gorgeous! Too bad I am too late! Would you mind telling me for how much you sold them?
    And, it would be awesome if you decided to make more!
    Hugs,
    Chrissy xxx

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  20. joy
    3 years ago

    Hello, i was just wondering what kind of yarn you used for this cuff? I love it!! Thank you.

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  21. CelineSon
    3 years ago

    Thank you for the “how to”.
    I have made one : http://celinetest.canalblog.com/archives/2011/10/12/22313099.html#comments

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  22. Pkae
    3 years ago

    OH NO! The first time I found this cuff I was so excited to make one, but didn’t have the correct hook (of course I have every other one :-D ).

    I finally aquired it but then could not find this site due to an auto update of my phone (my ONLY source to the web) and wiped out all my bkmarks :-( ).

    Now I’ve found you again but see that the only way to make it is via video? Cuz I can’t get video on this now even slower phone (constant buffering – grrrr).

    Is there any where or any way I could find a written pattern? If not, I will understand but will cry all night ;-) not really, but I WOULD be very delighted if you could. It’s THE perfect gift for my niece. But, again, I will understand. <3

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  23. Pkae
    3 years ago

    Oh so sorry for last post! Since you mentioned making a video coupled with no pic or any other “thing” where it was supposed to be (I got just a large blank white space~my phone puter prob).

    But after SEVEN attemps I was able to get to and use the slide show :-)

    So just ignore my faux pas and accept my apology and thanks for providing instructions, after all :-[

    It was great, well done, and I can’t wait to get started. Much thanks and cudos (also noted other tuts you did so will be back to check them out, now that I know how to “get there” :-D ).

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  24. Heather
    3 years ago

    Hi! Love the bracelet. I make lots of things, but sometimes I would just rather chuck down a few bucks to someone who already knows how. Are you still making these/ I really would love a gray one! Awesome!

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  25. Hattie
    3 years ago

    Hi! Thanks for the post, love this bracelet. What kind of thread did you use to make it? Thanks!

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  26. Adelia
    2 years ago

    Hi! Thanks for the post!! I made a bracelet just like it with your instructions. I used cotton thread and it looks good, but, as my hand is rather big, I have to do something diferent to keep it close to my wrist, I thought something like velcro, very thin, though, to make it fit. Thanks again!! By the way, I am from Argentina

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  27. Lisa Reimstein
    2 years ago

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! I have never done the broomstick lace before, but I am willing to try it out! Thanks!
    LIsa

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  28. Lori
    2 years ago

    How do I order one of the bracelets?

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    • Kirsty
      2 years ago

      I don’t make them to order. There is a tutorial showing how to make it yourself. x

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  29. Vivien
    2 years ago

    I really like your design^^
    I will make this sometime soon, but I’m just wondering about your closing:
    Is the stitch really elastic enough to allow you to pull the cuff over your hand and then still fit that closely around the wrist? As I’m looking at my rather monstrous hand, I can hardly believe it xDD

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  30. Valeria
    2 years ago

    Hi, I was researching Broomstick lace and came across the photo of your cuff. Of course my computer crashed so I tried to make it on my own because I was impatient.

    I didn’t see how you attached it to the wrist so I sewed some buttons on the beginning foundation chain and used the loops made by the broom stick stitch as the button hole. It’s really fun looking and easy to put on.

    Now I see you sew it together. and whole my hand is small, my wrist is smaller and it would dangle if I did that. I saw another post mention big hand/small wrist ratio. The buttons add a nice bit of surprise to the cuff and makes it easy to put on and take off no matter my hand size.

    I pinned this to my pinterest because it’s my first completed Broomstick project.

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