While I was knitting this scarf I kept thinking of tuxedo shirts with the ruffles down the front. That's the look you get from using the fun Ruffles Yarn from Lion Brand Yarn.
The main yarn used on the scarf is a wool, cashmere and nylon blend with a decent amount of stretch, so you can wear the scarf straight down or wrap it once around your neck and have the ruffles fall about where they would on a tuxedo shirt.
- two skeins of Lion Brand Ruffles (I used black)
- about 170 yards medium-weight wool or wool blend (I used Lion Cashmere Blend in black)
- one pair size 10 US needles
- crochet hook or yarn needle
4.5 stitches and 7 rows per inch in garter stitch using the wool yarn. Gauge is not critical.
Finished scarf is 42 inches long and 5.5 inches wide. The Ruffles section is about 9 inches wide.
- With wool blend yarn, cast on 25 stitches.
- Knit two rows.
- Pick up Ruffles and knit two rows. Do not break either yarn.
- Knit two more rows in wool yarn, then two more in Ruffles. Continue in this manner until you have six rows of ruffles on each side. Cut Ruffles yarn.
- Knit straight in garter stitch with wool blend yarn for about 34 inches.
- Starting with a new ball of Ruffles, knit two rows in Ruffles, followed by two rows in plain yarn again until you have six ruffles on each side of the scarf.
- Knit two more rows in your plain wool yarn and bind off.
- Cut yarn and weave in ends.
Working with Ruffles:
To begin working with Ruffles, leave a tail of about six inches and make sure that the side the yarn rolls toward is facing you. Stick the needle into the yarn and back out again to make a stitch (check out this tutorial for more information).
You can place your stitches along the edge or closer to the center of the yarn, which is what I did. You can also space the stitches as close together or as far apart as you want. A thumb's width is a good measure.
The scarf pictured has seven rows of ruffles, but I don't recommend that because I ended up within inches of running out of yarn.