Ruffle scarves, flirty and feminine, are charming accessories to knit and crochet for holiday gifts or as a personal treat. Scarf patterns also provide valuable opportunities for design. The ruffle scarf pattern is one of the single best free patterns a beginner knitter can download because the basic instruction offers the latitude for endless creativity. In other words, there is no right or wrong way to knit or crochet a ruffle scarf. Pictures are included for ideas.
KnitPicks has provided the basic free pattern called “potato chip pattern,” which knitters have used as a tool, a template per se, and added more stitches, more rows, and the combination of both to create double and single ruffle scarves. The pattern calls for sport or DK yarn, at least 2 skeins or about 200 yards. DK yarn usually requires a US 6 (4.25 mm) needle, but gauge is not really important here and depends on what texture of fabric you are trying to create. The pattern recommends at least two sizes larger needle than the yarn band label states. And you can use a combination of needle sizes, starting with a US 9, then graduating to a US 11, and eventually a US 13. But make sure it is a long circular needle, at least 24 inches, as you will have hundreds of stitches worked at the cast off.
Usually worked in all knit rows (garter stitch) only, yes, indeed, these “ruffles do have ridges.” Or if you wish, knit one side and purl the back side (stockinette stitch). Trim your ruffle scarf with some novelty fur yarn for an added soft feature. Knit more rows to make your scarf wider. Cast on more stitches to make it longer. Do a row of wrapped stitches, dropping the extra wrap on the return row for a translucent ethereal quality.
There are countless combinations of stitches you can use to create your very own ruffle scarf pattern design. Just as music composers for movie soundtracks use a central theme to bounce through the sections of an orchestra, complementing particular aspects of the dramatic scenes, the free ruffle scarf pattern is the basic theme here just like Variations on a theme: Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major played by David Lanz..
Girlypurls on Ravelry has cast on 170 stitches for a longer ruffle scarf and knit more rows in between the increase rows for a wider scarf, which also requires more skeins, so make sure you purchase enough yarn.
Lyn Larkin has knit the double ruffle potato chip pattern with a US 8 only, using worsted weight yarn.
Lindaugi uses 2 skeins of Plymouth Yarn 24K, worsted yarn with a US 11 (8 mm) and US 13 (9 mm) needles.
And Heather, clanMac on Ravelry, uses a combination of yarns, Sirdar Blur, Aran weight mohair and Alpaca with a Twist – Temptation, worsted, to create her lovely two color ruffle scarf pattern.with US 9 (5.5 mm) and US 10 (6 mm) needles.
Ruffle scarves are easy to create from a few skeins of yarn, if you don’t have the extra stash yarn, visit your local Rhode Island yarn shop for bargain yarns on sale or check out WEBS yarn.com for new everyday closeout yarns online.
You’ll find the KnitPicks Potato Chip or free ruffle scarf pattern as a pdf download.
Free crochet ruffle scarf patterns.
Ruffle triangle scarf pattern.
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