|Wondering why we only made part of this crochet top? See this post!|
What is drop stitch crochet? It's a crochet technique in which the stitches are worked over a large knitting needle to stretch or "drop" the stitches to a taller height.
Now I know what you're thinking: "That's broomstick lace!" But I am here to tell you it's not! In fact, I dare say that drop stitch crochet is an improvement over broomstick lace due to the one key difference: a stitch is worked at the base of each drop stitch to secure the loop once it is transferred to the knitting needle.
That one stitch makes a world of difference! Now you can remove the knitting needle from the loops without fear of losing the loops. And you can work multiple drop stitches in the same stitch (unlike broomstick lace, in which you can only work one broomstick lace loop per stitch), which means you can do shell-type stitch patterns with this technique.
The above sample is just one of the stitch patterns covered in Kim Guzman's new book. See how multiple drop stitches are worked in a chain space? You just can't do that with broomstick lace without ending up with a mess of yarn. Drop stitch crochet combines the workability of regular crochet with the speed of broomstick lace, and I think anyone who is a fan of broomstick lace will love this new technique.