~During our Northwest Adventure in Feb of 2012, we found that self-ruffling yarn was the rage up North. We hadn’t seen it here yet. After looking at tons of the stuff this last year I’ve found that there seems to be 4 types: Net ribbon with big holes, net ribbon with small holes, a fabric type of ribbon where you stick the needle through one end, and a mostly solid yarn with a band along one edge to stick the needle through (the first type I did).
It seems as if these ruffled-yarn scarves are the rage. After reading a few blogs lately which complained about the ackwardness of using needles, I figured I’d share my easy way to ruffle the yarn. I cannot take credit for the technique, a saleswoman in one of the yarn stores we visited told me the easy way to ruffle the yarn was by using a crochet hook. So easy, using a Size G hook, maybe it took one hour for me to ruffle an entire skein of yarn. When in Hawaii, I thought my granddaughter might like to make an easy ruffled scarf, so we went to a local yarn shop. She picked out Katia Triana Lux in a pink color way. You can see this yarn had HUGE holes, there is still a definite pick-up-the-loop-side. She started to ruffle the scarf, but some how the yarn ended up in my suitcase and I brought it back home. It sits here patiently awaiting my Maddie-Cakes. Opal, I bet your daughter who’s Maddie’s age would love to make this scarf.
1. Insert the crochet hook (shown is Size J) through the first loop on the edge. (This was already started by my granddaughter, but you get the idea.)
2. Proceed to pick up the next 4, 5, or 6 stitches (Do a swatch to see what you like best).
3. Using the hook, pull the picked-up loops through the first loop.
4. Repeat for the entire skein. Tie the last stitch off. (I’m not going to finish since this is my granddaughter’s project.)
Voila! Because the hook pulls the yarn through, there isn’t any awkwardness with a needle. The easy way to ruffle a scarf using self-ruffling yarn.