Skinny Ruffle Scarf Free Knitting Pattern

Knitting a skinny ruffle scarf

I have begun a new project called the Ruffled Scarf, or Ruffle Scarf. The pattern is free (link below) and it’s quite easy to knit. Once I saw the directions I had to pick up some needles and try it myself.

Beginning the Pattern

Since I don’t wear many knit items because I live in the tropics, I wanted a pattern my daughter might like. One thing I have been interested in knitting is some type of ruffled shawl. Eventually I discovered this Ruffled Scarf Free Pattern at the In Stitches site.

The directions are fairly simple but the “wrap and turn” directions were confusing, and not only to me, but other readers questioned this in the comments. The writer does describe how to do this in a comment answer, but not in the pattern itself. This is the part that makes short rows along both edges, and creates the ruffle appearance. I thought I would again describe it here in my own words.

You will cast on 30 stitches. I use the long tail cast on. Circular or straight needles can be used. In the photo above I am using size 7 needles and a Madeline Tosh BFL sock / fingering weight yarn (color is Spectrum). I happened to have this yarn on hand. I believe the original pattern uses worsted, but I wanted a lighter scarf.

How to Knit The “Wrap and Turn”

Once you knit the number of stitches called for in the pattern (click the link above for the full pattern), for instance 13 to begin, wrap and turn like this:

Bring the yarn forward and slip the next stitch on the Left needle to the Right needle. Turn your needles and switch hands. Now the needle that was in your left hand is in your right. Bring the yarn forward again and slip a stitch from the Left needle to the Right once more. Put the yarn in back to knit, and knit to the end of the row. These will be the same stitches you just knit.

As you can see in my first photo above, you will work one side of the row at a time. Once the first set of short rows is complete you will knit 30 and end up doing the other side in the same manner.

Stitch marker
Using a stitch marker to remember where I am in my knitting of short rows.

One thing that helps me keep track of where I am is to place a stitch marker at the end of the 13 count row. If I get interrupted, I can more easily see which of the short rows I am doing. I remove the marker as I knit the 30 stitches across, and place it again at the end of the 13 stitches for the other side.

Also, I began slipping the first stitch (Purlwise) to create a more uniform edge.  In my photo below the knit first stitch edge is on top, with the slipped stitch edge beneath.

slipped stitch edging

Neater edging made by slipping the first stit

This is a fun and easy little pattern and will make a modern ruffled scarf, that a teen might love. I believe it would look nice in any color or variegated yarn. I’ll add a photo when I finish.  I’m thinking that a brightly colored edging would perfect this scarf.  Maybe a crocheted edge or something like that.  I’ll keep an eye out for options as I have a ways to go before I get this one done.  

Purple variegated ruffle scarf which twists as you knit short rows on both edges.

My second Ruffle Scarf is being knit using Miss Babs Estrellita yarn which has a bit of a sparkle. I have not finished either scarf…! I usually only knit on these in the evening when I do my simple knitting projects.

Knitting a skinny ruffle scarf

One skein of yarn will make a nice length. Any solid, variegated, speckled, or hand-painted yarn works, so it’s a great stash-buster. This scarf will be more decorative than warm, and needle size can be adjusted to the yarn weight as you please.

Ruffle scarf
Little scarf in Estrellita yarn

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