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Knitting frilly scarves

Christmas 2010 (or was it way back in 2009?) I started seeing these frilly scarves popping up at all of the Christmas craft fairs. I asked longtime knitter (and my elementary school family studies/home ec. teacher) Mrs. Norstrom about the scarves, and she showed me how to knit them out of a fancy new frilly lace-effect yarn. Unfortunately, she was working on the last of the balls she had picked up, and the yarn was so popular that year that it was nigh-impossible to find. It was only this summer that I found a couple of stores that had some of the ruffle yarn that hadn't been snatched up. Just this last week I tried my hand at knitting with this yarn -- and it was easy!

I used Red Heart Boutique Sashay yarn in colour 1934 (Rumba) for the first ruffle scarf that I knit. I cast on eight stitches and basically just knit an eight-stitch garter stitch scarf; the yarn does all the work for you. It took me a couple of hours because working with this yarn is a bit trickier than, say, a smooth wool, but it still yielded amazing results for so little effort.

I used Katia Ondas yarn in colour 75 for my second scarf. This was a seven-stitch scarf. The different brands use the same technique to knit up, although the Ondas is a smoother, silkier yarn. I liked the Ondas better, but it is twice the price of the Boutique Sashay ($12.99 vs. $5.99). However, the Ondas is 100% acrylic and machine washable cold (lay flat to dry), while the Boutique Sashay is 97% acrylic / 3% metallic polyester and hand wash cold (lay flat to dry). It seems odd to me that a acrylic/polyester blend isn't machine-washable. Maybe Red Heart was just hedging their bets to avoid problems. Did you know that a lot of formal wear, such as 100% polyester satin dresses, are also machine washable (on cold/delicate cycle, in a front-load machine)? I mean, I wouldn't recommend it with an expensive or heirloom piece just in case, but when you find a second-hand outfit that needs nothing more than a good wash, dry-cleaning can be cost-prohibitive. Especially if it's just going to be a Hallowe'en costume or some such.

Anyway, if you're interested in trying out ruffle novelty yarn and you don't have someone to show you how in person, Red Heart has put out a video tutorial for how to use their Boutique Sashay, and the technique is transferable to other similar yarns. If you are looking for a tutorial that is specific to your ruffle yarn, a good place to start looking is on the "related links" list on the aforementioned YouTube video.