Friday, May 03, 2013

Ruffly scarves

I promised that I would take a few posts and share links, instructions and so on for the recent simple crafts I showed yesterday.  Since a couple of people had asked me about the scarves, I thought I would share the info about them first.

I actually had no intention of making a scarf like this.  I had seen people wearing them but had assumed the scarves were purchased.  Even had I known they were handmade, I would have thought them beyond my abilities.   When I came upon a tutorial for these, I had actually been searching for a different style of scarf which uses an entirely different type of yarn.  But I saw these and was intrigued, plus my local Walmart carries Sashay yarn, so I decided to give it a try.

The scarves I made are crocheted, but there are tutorials for knitting them as well, and I have even seen one tutorial for sort of finger-crocheting these.  That one showed scarves made by a ten-year-old girl, and they were beautiful.  But I'm a little intimidated about trying that method.  A hook seems easier somehow.

Here is the tutorial I used: New and improved Sashay scarf pattern.  There is a similar pattern on the
Red Heart web site -- that is, it produces a similar looking scarf, but the two patterns are quite different.  The one on Red Heart is called Frilly Crochet Scarf and it downloads easily as a PDF.  I encourage you to take a look at the Red Heart site because their pattern offers a link to a YouTube video on crocheting with Sashay yarn, which I found really helpful.  I had to watch it a few times before I got the technique down, and I still don't think I have it down perfectly, but fortunately the ruffly nature of this scarf hides any mistakes quite nicely.

One more note -- the pattern I used suggests winding the Sashay yarn onto something like a toilet paper tube before beginning to make the crocheting go faster.  I did do this for the first two scarves, but didn't take time on the third one, and I really couldn't see that it made a whole lot of difference.  But the lady who wrote the pattern makes the scarves by the dozens, so she ought to know.  So do whatever you think best!

Happy crocheting!


  1. Thanks for sharing this link Mrs T...will definitely try my hand at it!!

  2. You are most welcome, Arlene! They are very quick to make, so you could be wearing one in no time!


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