A Finished Broomstick Lace Cami

A Finished Broomstick Lace Cami

Something wasn’t right.

I had just tried on my almost-finished Cowl Cami I’d been making and something felt “off.”

It sagged weirdly in the front but when I turned around, it looked lopsided in the back.

I couldn’t quite make sense of it.

And then I saw it. One of the straps was longer than the other. “What?!” I cried in despair.

“How could this be?”

Well, I’ll tell you how this could be. I miscounted the stitches at the beginning of the pattern, that’s what.

Such a beautiful, well-written pattern, with loads of helpful photos and links to videos and I STILL messed up. Egad.

I debated on what to do at this point, as one strap was only about 3/4 inch too long.

Fold it under and hope nobody noticed? No. Too obvious.

Cut it and sew it back together? Blasphemy! Speak no more on this.

Give up, proclaim I never make anything good, stuff it in a drawer, never to be seen again and throw a tantrum on the floor? Tempting. But no.

My wheedling little brain mulled it over. What to do, what to do.

Then BOOM. It hit me. Smack!

When weaving in the ends, “tighten” up the longer strap by cinching it a little more than the shorter strap. Bu-rilliant, I exclaimed in my head! Excellent work, Brain!

So I finished the top, tried my technique, plus used another little loose strand of the yarn to cinch up a little more of the strap, pinned it out to dry (I totally guessed on the strap length), kept my fingers crossed for 2 days, and then removed it from the cardboardโ€ฆ

And voila.

crocheted broomstick lace

Perfection itself.

I really want to tell you how amazingly delicious this finished piece is.

How drapey and exquisite the yarn is. Soft like butter, creamy like fresh cream from a warm cow’s udder, pouring over my body. Well. I get carried away.

broomstick lace crocheted pattern

And the pattern. It looks funny layed out, with the bust area being really slouchy, but it absolutely fits PERFECTLY.

Perfectly I tell you. It drapes, it fits, it feels delish. Ahhhh.

tank top pattern crochet

So for the specs:

PATTERN: Cowl Cami by Stitch Diva Studios

YARN: My delicious Luxe Yak-Silk (the colors sell out usually within hours so keep an eye for new shades appearing all the time!) This was colorway, FRESHWATER PEARL. I used 1 skein (WOO!) and held the yarn double. I made the XS size.


MODIFICATIONS: Well, let me tell ya. Once I got to the waist part, (you start from the top and work your way down), I skimmed through the rest of the pattern and then just winged it.

After every broomstick lace section, I’d work the next sc round and then try it on. And I just kept increasing or decreasing as need be to fit my body. Who knew?!? What a brilliant way to see if it’s ACTUALLY FITTING.

I’ve made a great many garments and virtually none of them have ever really fit. I would just start knitting or crocheting, with hope in my heart, and then wonder why they didn’t fit when I got done. Hello!

Do I recommend this pattern? 10x YES! SOOO much useful instruction. Pictures, video links, you name it.

It utilizes broomstick lace, which I had never tried before, so I was a little hesitant to try the pattern. Then I thought, HEY. Just do it. So I just did it.

It took me about a week to make this top, so I loved every stitch of it.

It looks so chic. So expensive! So sassy.

crocheted tank top pattern


Am I just wearing a black bra under it and nothing else? You said it, not me! Well, okay, I said it. And it’s true. Tacky? Maybe. I don’t care. Tacky is fun sometimes. And please IGNORE THE HAIR. Oh my gawd. I got it cut recently and no matter how I fix it, it’s horrible. Thank goodness hair grows. YAY!

And now for what’s new.

I am so wild about this top, that I’ve decided to make this Lotus Smock dress next:

lotus smock dress pattern example

It’s by Stitch Diva Studios again (she seriously has so many patterns that I feel I MUST make).

I am planning on using some of my new wool I dyed up over the weekend, in this gorgeous denim color. Isn’t it SICK? I know. I love it.

denim colored wool yarn

This is done in HAIRPIN lace, so another NEW technique for me. Holy goodness. I’m on a roll.

So thanks for reading! Be blessed, have a fantastic day. Do something for you. Knit. Crochet. Try a new technique. You knowโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜€

Thanks for being so sweet and amazing. I haven’t been up to my usual self lately and my normal rule is to not write when feeling that way, but alas, I thought this time it might perk me up a bit to say hey and show you what I made. And it did. So thanks for reading.

I’ll keep you posted.


By | 2017-09-04T14:05:04+00:00 July 25th, 2013|Crochet, Finished Objects, Finishing Techniques, Tips & Tricks|37 Comments


  1. Carol July 25, 2013 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    Beautiful job Chandi! It looks wonderful on you…but what wouldn’t! I love the dress you are about to tackle too. Thanks for always inspiring!

  2. Rebecca Cramer July 25, 2013 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    This was a great read! And what a clever solution! It turned out brilliantly! Bravo!

  3. Nicole Powell July 25, 2013 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    How many skeins of your Luxe Yak-Silk? I will keep an eye on your site for when more is available. I really want to make this. It’s gorgeous!

    • Chandi July 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      Oops, edited to include that info. 1 skein, held double, size XS. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Naomi July 25, 2013 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Chandi, you are so adorable and funny! Love your blog! And your cami turned out absolutely beautiful. I want to make one for myself!!!

  5. Betty July 25, 2013 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    Looks good on you wish I could do it, my limit is knitting. I love to doing it

  6. Marta Lowe July 25, 2013 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    i love it, you did such a great job! it all come out in the seaming ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Kathy Shough July 25, 2013 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Great job Chandi. I know you will love the hairpin lace too. I forgot where you got the pattern for the top though. Could you please re-publish. I want to make this too.

  8. Rachelle July 25, 2013 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi,
    What a great post – you actually made me laugh. The cami looks great.

  9. Karla Hartzell July 25, 2013 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    I have this pattern! Now I have to make it!!! you look gorgeous in it Chandi!!


  10. Julie Burns July 25, 2013 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing, the cami turned out lovely.

  11. marie July 25, 2013 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Good job love solution!

  12. Laura Baker July 25, 2013 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    I love it when my brain proves that it can solve a problem. You look fabulous in your top. Most wonderful summer piece ever. Can’t wait to see how the dress turns out.

  13. Linda Knisley July 25, 2013 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Chandi, I love your hair! Mine doesn’t look that good on a GOOD hair day!

    The cowl turned about beautifully. I think this might be a great pattern for me – I have a hard time finding something that can accommodate the girls but then be small enough through the middle. Thank you so much for the tips!

    The black bra underneath and nothing else? It looks quite lovely, actually, and you pull it off just fine. Can’t wait to see the dress when you’ve worked your magic.

    Thank you Chandi!
    Have a great day

  14. Laura D riskell July 25, 2013 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    That cami really does look good. It hugs curves where it should. I was going to ask what you were wearing underneath, and you answered. For us more “mature” bodies, maybe a camisole. Or wear the cami over a well-fitted T-shirt.
    And don’t worry about the hair. Chic is chic. Hair changes every day. <3 your blog.

  15. Christine Nissley July 25, 2013 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Beautiful ! What size needle did you use to do the broomstick part ? I really want to try this pattern. I do have a sz 35 needle. Would that work or be to big ?

    • Chandi July 25, 2013 at 10:13 pm - Reply

      Oh, oops. Size US 19!It does need to match her gauge so it turns out correctly. That is the size she recommended. So I’d say do a gauge swatch to see! ๐Ÿ˜€ YAY!

  16. Robin Comfort July 25, 2013 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    It looks awesome! Love the color, too!

  17. Cherie July 25, 2013 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    Beautiful!! You look great in that top!! Wish I could tackle something like that

  18. Lisa Schofield July 25, 2013 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    Love love love it, I hope one day I can make something like that. Can’t wait to see the dress when you finish it. Lisa ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. GGmadeit July 25, 2013 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    Absolutely love this! You wear it well!! Work it lady!

  20. cheryl white July 25, 2013 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    Chandi, your work is just so amazing!!! I love each and every thing you do….

  21. Yvonne Finne July 25, 2013 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    An additional trick for your arsenal: use a chain stitch as if you were adding an embroidery accent to the piece to cinch up the bit that’s too long! Found while making shrugs fit… We all know why they are called shrugs now, don’t we?!!

  22. Myrna Pouyatt July 26, 2013 at 12:01 am - Reply

    Wow! Really beautiful! Like you! Nice job, I’m too old for something like this, but I still love fashion and this is sexy and fashionable. Oh, to be young and beautiful.

  23. Sue-Ellen July 26, 2013 at 2:33 am - Reply

    This cowl is beautiful and looks great on you Chandi!! I would really like to try and make one for myself. I love your yarn and the things you make with it.

    Thanks for giving us good ideas.

  24. Dorothy July 26, 2013 at 2:56 am - Reply

    I like the look of the bra under the cami. I recently lost some weight, and I would wear that. Everyone is showing off the under garments… lol, and none look as classy as that cami over a nice bra. As for your hair, you are way too hard on yourself. Shine baby, shine…. your personality makes you gorgeous, and then you have this face…. that is adorable. Quit worrying…. it’s all in the eye of the beholder. LOL and we think you’re gorgeous.I’ve done baby projects, and blankets in broomstick lace, but this beautiful.

  25. Marne' W July 26, 2013 at 3:14 am - Reply

    Chandi……. You look gorgeous !!! what an AWSOME photo shoot. It is beautiful !!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Connie July 26, 2013 at 3:34 am - Reply

    Fantastic! I love the lacy look of both the cami and dress.

  27. Cheryl July 28, 2013 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    I love, love, love this! Is there a knit version?

  28. Jenine July 28, 2013 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Beautiful job Chandi! I love the final pics of the cowl. Now I am inspired to do this one in light blues! The dress you posted is lovely! Not sure I am ready for that one yet! LOL


  29. Patricia July 29, 2013 at 1:42 am - Reply

    Great job! Looks beautiful!

  30. Bernadine Doll August 1, 2013 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Enjoyed reading all about you! Kudos on starting your own business! Love the pictures of your projects but would also love it if you would smile more in them. Your words are so positive and cheerful but your face looks a wee bit bored and I’m having trouble equating the two. I’m a Gemini and have two sides to my personality but still have a problem with it. Looking forward to checking out your projects…

  31. Chelsea W August 3, 2013 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    Woot! Great job!

  32. Sherry August 6, 2013 at 5:11 am - Reply

    Oh how Beautiful!!!

  33. Stephanie Mayfield August 22, 2013 at 9:27 am - Reply

    Love the top and no not tacky, I would have put a bead here and there also. But this. really looks great. The dress is great Really like you post and such an inspiration. Stephanie

  34. Stacia August 14, 2014 at 5:00 am - Reply

    you did such a beautiful job with this! I was hoping you could pass some knowledge on to me. I have a question about round 3 of the decrease for waist section. Round 3 is written as though I am to stitch around the garment twice. Is that correct? it says to hdc until 2sts rem before marked stitch (mark A, yes?) and then it has me pass the mark to EOR (end of round?) and sl st to 1st st of round (which is also mark A) after hdc2tog.

    Will you please let me know if I am supposed to go around the garment twice for round 3 of decrease for waist or will you please clarify how that is supposed to be only going around once? Thanks!

    • Chandi August 16, 2014 at 12:26 pm - Reply

      It’s honestly been so long that I can’t remember at all. Ha ha! But you can ask the designer and I’m sure she’d be happy to help! Wish I remembered! ๐Ÿ™‚ Chandi

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