Robin Stroot Ruffled scarves good for beginners

Ruffled scarves are a popular fashion accessory that I’ve seen lots of women wearing. I decided it was time to venture into making my own ruffled scarf.

First thing to do is select the proper yarn; well, not really a yarn but a skein of continuous fiber that is made to look like a net or piece of filmstrip. For the sake of this column, I’m going to refer to it as yarn although the self-ruffling yarn is not really yarn as we think of it in the conventional sense. It is a skein that looks like a net (with a thicker woven section along one of the long edges) or a wide piece of material that has open sections along one entire long edge of the yarn.

I think that one of the reasons for the popularity of this type of knitting is that there is no gauge (yeah!) and it’s not too difficult a project for even the newest beginning knitter.

I purchased a skein of 3-inch-wide blue sparkle yarn and two skeins of yarn that looks like filmstrip (periodic holes/openings along one edge of the yarn), one in red sparkly colors and one with black/gray sparkle colors.

Although there is no gauge to these types of scarves, you can vary the scarf size and length depending on the number of stitches used.

First, pick up the number of desired stitches by inserting the knitting needle, back to front into the opening of the yarn edge. For some yarns, it may be that you will have to stretch the yarn open (as in the larger net-style blue yarn I purchased). I had to stretch the blue yarn open to find the edge for knitting the scarf. I decided to make it five stitches across. One edge of the yarn has a double-row of stitching; that is the ruffle edge. The other long side is like an open-edge of netting. That is the side used to pick up and knit the stitches. For the red and black colors of the ruffle yarn — the strip is about 2 inches wide — I used seven stitches to make my ruffle scarf.

To make the next row of the scarf, you will insert the right-hand knitting needle and “knit” the stitch by wrapping the open net or space around the just inserted knitting needle and pulling it through the stitch on the left-hand needle and sliding it to the right-hand needle. Continue working across the rows until almost all the yarn is used up. Bind-off the last row and secure the remaining stitch by either pulling the remaining tail of the yarn through the last stitch or, as in the case of some delicate yarns, stitch through the last stitch to secure it into place on the scarf. One very important on knitting the rows along your self-ruffling scarf: Be sure to turn the work the same way as you begin to knit each new row. In other words, always turn the work clockwise or counter clockwise every time you start a new row. The scarf should resemble a spiral as you work along each row.

More on my experience knitting self-ruffling scarves in next week’s column.

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