Saturday, February 12, 2011

I'd rather be knitting ruffles....

Found a pattern yesterday on the Red Heart website for a Ruffled Warmer Scarf.  (That's their picture, not mine..)

It's really neat--a freebie pattern advertising their new Boutique Yarn called "Changes," which is advertised as six yarns in one. 

I decided to download the pattern to see how hard it is and whether it will actually ruffle.  It's not too hard--you do have to keep track of which row you're on, and follow the pattern, just a repetition of 4 basic rows with an increase (and later a decrease) in width.

Some leftover Bernat Soft Boucle yarn on hand and some #10 Kollage single point needles, and here we go.  I started  it late last night and knitted until about 1:30 a.m.   It's ruffling like crazy...Here's what it looks like so far....

The pattern calls for casting/binding off 14 stitches every 4th row, so a crochet hook is handy to help bind off.  (especially with the slippery Kollage needles). 

The ruffles are a bit fuzzier than the pattern picture, but it's an interesting change.  And of course, I cannot do anything completely according to the pattern.
I've knitted ruffles before--but they were what I think of as "horizontal," or along the row--increasing or decreasing while these are "vertical" or along the row side.

Both are pretty neat.  Here's a ruffled hat I designed & knit (but haven't quite perfected...).  It's in Schaefer Hand Painted Worsted Weight Cotton "Laurel" yarn on size 8 needles.  It needs frogged about 10 rows and another 1.5" added in.  It's just too short, but the ruffles feel like ringlets.  It might be a cool "chemo hat" for a lady who feels the need for some curls.

I'd like a bumper sticker right now that says, "I'd rather be knitting ruffles."

 Happy knitting & get some sleep!

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