Addicted to Ruffles

All right, I can admit it.  I am a sucker for the ruffles.  I am totally, completely, utterly, redunandtly addicted to knitting them.  I timed myself the other night – I completed one scarf in 2 hours.  TWO hours!  120 minutes!  This is the perfect thing to work on for shows because I can knock ’em out like crazy.  Granted, the yarn is a little pricey because it is so difficult for manfucaturers to produce, but I think that’s ok.  The finished product is pretty awesome.

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I pretty much always have a scarf-in-progress in my bag now so I can keep up on stock maintenance.  I get a lot of ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ from onlookers.  No one seems to believe that it is really not hard to do, so I would like to offer you a tutorial.

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Grab a set of chunky needles (I used US 11, but used US 13 in the past).  The yarn comes sort of rolled up, and you need to separate the netting in order to knit with it.

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Stick to one edge of the netting when you are working.  Be careful not to switch which sides you are on your you will end up with knots instead of ruffles.

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Your needle goes through one of the holes along the edge of the net and pull it back through the stitch on your left needle.  Your next stitch will happen about 3/4 to an inch along the net.  I like to count holes.  Knit one hole, skip two holes, knit one, skip two.

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Try not to psych yourself out.  This is a GARTER stitch scarf.  Seriously.  Beginner’s can do it.  It is just a matter of forgetting about the ruffly nature of it and treating it like it’s yarn.  Yarn with stuff hanging off it.  Stuff that ends up looking really cool when you are done.

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And then you’ll turn into an addict like me.

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