Broom

One of the scariest things I’ve seen recently is my not-quite-3-feet-tall daughter wielding a 5-foot-tall broom. She loves to help and she’s just trying to sweep, but she really doesn’t have extended spatial awareness yet and I fear for the computers we have on the table, the TV… Her brother…

I made it a priority to make her a broom. My first non-food item! There are several issues with making a crocheted and stuffed broom. It’s pretty floppy (you could crochet and stuff around a piece of dowel) and the “bristles” aren’t stiff (I looked into it, but I wasn’t sure how to individually stiffen each piece of yarn without them being crooked or stuck together- I’m sure there’s a way, though) and it really looks kind of like a giant paintbrush… But it’s a broom for a toddler and it’s WAY less dangerous than my broom.

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Materials:

  • I used worsted weight in medium brown and sport weight in yellow.
  • G-sized crochet hook. It’s not the size that’s important so I’m not including a gauge. I crochet pretty tightly, if your stitches are looser you may want to use a smaller hook. The important thing is to make sure that the stitches are tight enough to hold in the stuffing.
  • I used polyfiber stuffing, but any stuffing will do.
  • Scissors to cut the yarn.
  • A needle with an eye big enough for yarn.
  • Safety pin, optional.

Part of this is worked in continuous rounds. Use a stitch marker to keep your place and move it up as you complete rows. I use a safety pin and just put it through the last stitch of a round.

Broom Base (rows in an oval, make 2)
1) ch 23, skip 3 ch (counts as last ch and dc), dc in next 18 ch, 5 dc in first ch, dc in bottom loops of next 19 ch, 4 dc in last ch, join with sl st (48)
finish off, break yarn

Broom Handle (continuous rounds)
1) ch 6, join with sl st, sc in each ch (6)
2) 2 sc in each sc (12)
3) sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (18)
4) in back loops only, sc in each sc (18)
5-109) in both loops, sc in each sc around, stuffing firmly as you go (18)
join with sl st, finish off, break yarn leaving long enough of a tail to sew to base

Bristles
Not crocheted at all. Cut 120 lengths of yellow yarn that are twice as long as you want the bristles to be. Mine are about 11 inches long.

Assembly
Take a length of yarn for the bristles and loop it around the back of one of the posts of dc in the broom base. Make sure both sides of the yarn are even and tie a knot. Tie three lengths of yarn onto the post of each dc, excluding the three dc at each end. The back will look like this.

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Sew the two broom bases together, then sew the broom handle into the center of the top broom base.

And here it is in action.

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2 responses to “Broom

  1. Adorable! What a great training tool. You can buy stiffener in the craft store that would stiffen the "bristles" until they are washed. Or use laundry starch!

  2. Thanks! 😀 I looked up stiffening methods but I was worried that to stiffen each strand individually, I'd have to bend them at a funny angle or everything would all stick together.

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