How to Knit a Ruffled Scarf

Written by sarah jackson
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A basic scarf is a great knitting project because it can be made quickly, you can knit it on the go, and it's an easy gift for young and old alike. This particular scarf pattern adds a little flair to your basic stockinet stitch scarf. If you know how to do knit and purl stitches, knit and purl two stitches together, and increase by making one stitch from the row below, this scarf is a great pick that leaves you with a graceful and feminine piece that's guaranteed to please.

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Things you need

  • Yarn
  • Knitting needles
  • Yarn needle

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  1. 1

    Pick your yarn. Since this is a scarf and will likely be against delicate neck skin, pick a yarn that is soft. Also, if the wearer has an allergy to wool or acrylic, make sure the yarn you choose is free of that fibre.

  2. 2

    Choose what needle size you want to use. Check the size recommendations on the packaging of the yarn for the best fit.

  3. 3

    Determine the desired width of your scarf. Using the yarn packaging or a swatch knitted for gauge, figure out how many stitches you need to get your desired width. Keep in mind that stockinet stitch will curl in around the edges.

  4. 4

    Take the number of stitches decided on in Step 3, multiply it by 4, and cast on that many stitches. For example, if I wanted my scarf to be 25 stitches in width, I would cast on 100 stitches to start.

  5. 5

    Create the first ruffle. Knit two stitches together across the entire first row, leaving you with half the stitches you began with. For the second row, purl two stitches together across the entire row, halving the number of stitches again.

  6. 6

    Knit the length of your scarf in stockinet stitch (meaning knit the right side of the piece and purl the wrong side). An average scarf is between 60 inches and 72 inches long, depending on the height of the wearer.

  7. 7

    End with the second ruffle by doing the opposite of what you did on the other end. Work one row, right side facing, by knitting one stitch and then making one stitch by picking up the yarn from the row below; do this across the entire row. This will double your stitches. Then, with the wrong side facing, purl one stitch and make one stitch the same way you did in the previous row, doubling your stitches again.

  8. 8

    Finish the scarf by binding off loosely and then using your yarn needle to weave in the loose ends of the yarn.

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