Thursday, August 4, 2011

How to Make a Ruffled Scarf Knitted with Red Heart Sashay Yarn

I took my knit and crochet entries to the county fair yesterday (I hope I win some blue ribbons!) and one of them was my latest creation--a ruffled scarf made with Red Heart Sashay yarn.  It's a new yarn put out by Red Heart which creates a ruffle as you knit.  It doesn't come in a lot of colors, but the colors they have are pretty.  There is a little bit of metallic thread in it to add some glitter and the yarn itself has several different shades of the color in it.  I used the blue called "Rumba".  I couldn't find the yarn in any of our local stores (Michael's or Jo-Ann's) but I did find it on-line at Mary Maxim for $4.99 a ball.  The scarf only takes one ball.

You will need one ball of Sashay and a pair of Size 9 knitting needles.  To use the yarn, you first need to open up the mesh.  Then to start, you put your needle through the open blocks in the top of the mesh. The metallic edge should be at the bottom.  I cast on 6 stitches.  Then you start to knit each row, knitting in the top of the mesh.  Red Heart has an excellent video on its website which I watched several times.  Their free pattern also has good pictures.  The video and pattern can be found here:  Once you watch the video, you can really get the hang of it.  It took me a little while to get used to it, but it's not too hard.  I did have to stop every several rows to open up more of the mesh though.  It works better if you've opened it up.

I was really pleased with the final results and friends I showed it to liked it a lot.  I didn't get any photos done before I took it to the fair though, so I'll post photos when I get it back.  And I'll report whether or not I win a ribbon!

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