Ruffle Those Scarves The Easy Way

q8~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.

Instructions:

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.)

Hook through first loop

Hook through first loop

2. Proceed to pick up the next 4, 5, or 6 stitches (Do a swatch to see what you like best).

Picked up four loops along edge

Picked up four loops along edge

3. Using the hook, pull the picked-up loops through the first loop.

Four loops pulled through the first loop

Four loops pulled 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.)

Partial ruffled scarf

Partially ruffled scarf

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.

It’s All About the Neck Candy!

~I’m sure all of us have knit our share of warm, serviceable scarves.  Every so often it’s fun to knit something totally outrageous to wear as neck candy.  While visiting the Acorn Street Yarn shop they had an extremely fun exhibit of yarns made specifically to “knit” into ruffled, wild, scarves/neck candy.  It took me at least half and hour to decide which one to purchase.  The directions were on the package.  It took a couple of hours to make while on the road to Missoula.  Finished it at my sister’s house.  Sad to say that I did not keep the label so I cannot remember what the yarn is.  It is really long so this picture shows the scarf doubled.  Isn’t it fabulous?

Barbara is such a fast knitter that she made two scarves during our journey.  It really was cold! The yarn is Cascade’s Alpaca and is softer-than-soft (my favorite yarn to knit with).  She knit both in a straight garter stitch.  After she got home, she decided she did not like the plain look on hers and wanted to “punch” the color of the yarn better.  So she tore out the entire scarf and reknit using the Fisherman’s Rib, a type of Brioche stitch, found at one of our favorite online sites, The PurlBee.  It is so pretty and SOFT.  She lives in our San Diego mountains where it gets cold and this scarf is wonderful!

I have a totally off-the-wall “neck candy” that is almost finished, I’ll try and share that with you tomorrow.  Today is spinning day, at least for a bit.  It is still cold, drizzly, gray here and the arthritic hands do complain. I do see spots of blue poking through here and there. I’m wearing my new Maja shawlette, with the perfect stick pin, to keep warm.

I’ll leave you with a stunning picture taken during sunset at Carlsbad State Park in San Diego County, California.  It was taken by daughter Emily while we were camping there a few weeks ago.  She fancied it up with the iPhone app Histamatic.  Cool!