The latest trend in yarn is what I call “ruffling” yarn. These yarns look like a ribbon, but can be unfolded to a wider strip of “fabric”. You simply knit along one edge, and the yarn ruffles as you go! There are several varieties of these yarns available, and I’ll show you how magical they can be.
Last year we had Solo
,which was the first yarn like this that we’d seen. This year it seems every yarn company has its own version, (telling us that this really IS a trend).
is an open mesh design that turns into a lacy ruffle.
is also a mesh type, not as open as Moda, though it does knit into deep ruffles. To knit this type yarn, you cast on by simply poking into one edge of the yarn, then poke (relatively evenly) into the “fabric” and make your stitch like normal.
, another mesh type, features a soft chenille edge that gives a pretty, soft finish to the ruffle. Think “pretty cobweb” for the soft way it feels.
Then we have Tinseltown
for those of you who like a little bling. The resulting piece knitted easily because of the open spaces along the top edge of the strand. The scarf is lush and dense – I used a size 10 needle, but if you used a smaller needle, the result would be a lovely mass of glittery ruffles.
Moda, Pirouette, and Tinseltown are all made with an open ladder edge. I began by using every hole to knit, but then I looked at the instructions on the back of the labels (please note – I should have done this first!). The manufacturers suggest knitting into every other hole, rather than every one. This makes the knitting so much easier, and you don’t have to worry about the spacing of your stitches – it’s all done for you!
You can whip up any number of these trendy scarves in no time (one per evening) so you can have a closet full of fun accessories for yourself or gifts for everyone on your list.
By guest blogger, Cathy Mark
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