Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday - Ruffled Scarf

Today's tutorial seems a little bit unseasonal to me because unfortunately, our weather is already making a hard turn towards spring. Ugh. I'm really ready to live somewhere where there are actual seasons, as opposed to about 3 weeks of winter and the other 11 months consisting entirely of the unrelenting heat of hell itself. Ok, so I'm being a little dramatic. But I'm a sweater chick- and even more so a scarf chick!

Aaand segway into our tutorial for this week... ;)

The Crocheted Ruffle Scarf!!

{please excuse my terrible terrible self portrait pic... hubby was out of town and I was having a tough time... 
However, be sure I have been on the hunt for a dress form since this little debacle!!}

This little project is super easy if you have some time to kill and are really good a repetition... because there's lots of that! LOL Okay, first I'm going to go ahead and give you the pattern, and then I'll tell you a few specifics about what I found out as I was working.


This ruffle scarf is very simple and easy to crochet. All you need to do is make a nice long chain that is approximately the length you want the scarf to be and keep doubling the number of crochet stitches on each row of the scarf.

Skill Level: Beginner
Finished Size: 58” (137 cm) long, 5 ½” (14 cm) wide
Gauge: not really important

Materials:
Medium Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook H (5.00 mm)
Yarn Needle

{If you need help understanding the abbreviations? Check out this crochet abbreviation chart.}


Crochet Pattern: Ruffle Scarf

Row 1: ch 203, tr in third ch from hook, tr in each row ch across
Row 2 – 4: ch 3, turn, 2 tr in each tr across
Row 5: ch 1, turn, sc in each tr across, finish off

{For a thinner scarf, simply make fewer rows that indicated in the pattern.}

I used a cream bamboo blend yarn. I don't know if any of you have every tried the bamboo yarn {especially this brand} but it is sooooooo soft and luxurious! It took me almost 4 skeins of this to finish my scarf, but I did make it super long, and a wide weave.



I used an F5 hook, so the loops are a decent size, but not too big to get caught on things, and not too small to be stiff and tight. I love these colored hooks with the bamboo handles {hmm, bamboo again... I'm seeing a recurring theme here, I must be on a bamboo kick!} because they are really easy to hold onto and my hand doesn't get all crampy from holding a tiny tiny metal stick. haha!



Here's a close-up of the weave, it also helps you see how the ruffle forms through the doubling of stitches by row. Doesn't it look so soft and snuggly?? I seriously want to make a blanket out of this stuff.



Finished product: pretty, pretty cascading ruffles of bamboo goodness!


I would love to see your crochet projects! This is one of my first projects since I taught myself to crochet... oh yes, I said taught myself. It's really easy, and there are tons of instructional videos on YouTube, so don't be afraid- jump right in!! This is a perfect starter project!! I actually have 3 other ones in the works now. :)

Okay! Don't forget to link up your projects for this week below!!

XOXO

I'm linking up here this week:





9 comments:

Sarah @ Sarahndipities said...

What a beautiful scarf!! That yarn looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing!!

Cheri said...

Lovely - where do you buy that yarn?

Rachael said...

Thanks ladies! Cheri- I got it at Hobby Lobby, but I think I've also seen it at Michael's. And it comes it lots of colors! :)

Katie @ EyeSpyDIY said...

What a great scarf! Thanks for sharing how you made it too. I may have to try this!

Also, I have a great Dove chocolate giveaway going on right now and would love if stopped by and entered: http://eyespydiy.blogspot.com/2011/02/dove-chocolate-discoveries-giveaway.html

~Katie @ Eye Spy DIY

Rachael said...

Hi Katie! Did you say chocolate?!? I'm SO there... :)

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

Rachael! I love this. I've been crocheting like a mad woman lately and this will be my next project. I'll be featuring you tomorrow at My Backyard Eden. Thanks for linking up!

Rachael @ The Little Birdie said...

Thanks Carolyn!! You rock!! :) I'll be excited to see yours too!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I love scarves and ruffles, so this is perfect!

Maggie said...

I love this, I have wanted to learn to crochet for years!!

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