After my grandma finished knitting a super-awesome ruffle scarf, she gave me the leftovers, knowing how much I liked yarn. But I couldn’t figure out to make with it, since there wasn’t very much. Yesterday I discovered a nice yarn-saving technique that makes a gorgeous spiraly scarf – basically you crochet the yarn in a chain stitch with not very much space in between.
So this isn’t really a pattern, it’s more of a tutorial (but it’s still going in my pattern pages!)
[Edited 9/3/14: Sorry guys, my pictures disappeared! 😦 I added in a picture of the finished scarf. You might be able to get it from the descriptions… sorry!]
Some ribbon yarn – not railroad yarn, although it might still work with it. I can’t find where my grandma got hers but this yarn here looks similar, as does Red Heart Boutique yarn. I think it would work on pretty much any frilly yarn, honestly. You don’t need a lot of it either, so it’s good for using up some decent-sized scraps. If you’re not sure what to use I would go with Red Heart Boutique.
A crochet hook that will fit through the holes in your yarn – I used G (4.00 MM)
Here’s what the yarn looks like when opened up.
The end of the yarn might be frayed, so you may have to cut some off.
Start by inserting your hook a few inches from the end of the yarn, through the top edge like this.
Then skip a few spaces and go about 1 cm to the left. Insert your hook there. Now you have two loops on your hook.
Pull the loop on the left through the first loop (making a chain stitch.)
The scissors are indicating where you’ll insert the hook next. Keep repeating this process: “Insert hook about 1cm to the left, pull loop on left through loop on right to make a chain stitch”, until your scarf is as long as you like.
A closer view of the top edge. Notice the thicker part on the top, which was created by the yarn rolling in on itself.
Here’s what it looks like after a few ruffles.
If you have to leave your project for a while, I suggest putting a stitch marker on the working loop. It’s all too easy to unravel the whole thing, since you can’t exactly pull up a long loop!
When your scarf is as long as you want it to be, cut the yarn a few inches from the hook. Pull up the loop on the hook as far as you can manage.
Yarn over with the extra few inches. It will be bulky, as you can see from the picture, but you’ll manage.
Pull the extra few inches of yarn through the loop on the hook. Pull the knot to tighten it.
If you’re worried that the knot will come undone, you can secure it with some sewing thread in a matching color. I think I’ll do that eventually since I couldn’t find a sturdier way to fasten off.
Here’s the finished scarf! Wasn’t that quick? It feels a bit like cheating to me, so I guess it’s good I don’t have a lot of this yarn. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and happy crocheting! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway – so far only three people have.