More and more people are getting keen on crocheting as a hobby and a means of creating amazing, beautiful clothing that you can style to your exact tastes. It’s a good way to be more eco-friendly, especially if you use natural yarns and avoid acrylics. You can cut all the issues of fast fashion and make your own beautiful garments!
Crocheted ruffled scarves are beautiful and practical, reasonably snuggly in winter, and highly stylish. Wow! All your friends with these incredible things! They are the height of fashion and many celebrities are adopting their unique look, so get ahead of the trend by making your own.
There are a couple of different methods for making ruffled scarves, so we’re going to cover two different options you might want to try. Both are very easy and you should have no problem achieving a beautiful and effective accessory without much time investment.
In case you need to double-check any of the standard abbreviations for crochet, here they are:
Double crochet = dc
Half double crochet = hdc
Single crochet = sc
Slip stitch = sl st
Chain = ch
For the convenience of any beginners, this guide will not use abbreviations, but the full terms throughout.
Ruffled Scarf With Ruffle Yarn
For your crochet ruffled scarf with ruffle yarn, you’ll require:
- A 7 mm crochet hook
- 1-2 skeins of ruffle yarn in the color of your choice
- A yarn needle (for weaving the ends in)
- Colored stitch markers
What Is Ruffle Yarn?
Ruffle yarn or mesh yarn is perfect for a ruffled scarf. You can buy it from many different brands, and it’s growing in popularity right now because it creates such an extraordinarily striking look. It can be a bit fiddly to get the hang of, but once you know what you’re doing, it’s easy to use.
There are some other very creative uses for this fun yarn, but ruffled scarves are so far the most popular and straightforward way to use them.
A few people talk about having tried to use ruffled yarn and given up in frustration because it can be a little confusing which side you’re supposed to use and how. Hopefully, this guide will help clear up any issues and give you the confidence to have another go.
Row 1: Stretch Out Some Of Your Yarn
Stretch out your yarn for a couple of feet, spreading the ruffles so you can easily distinguish the thicker edge. The other edge will have slightly smaller holes and not quite such a thick edge. Work out which is which before you get started.
Turn the thicker edge so that it’s the right way up for you to work with it, and smooth the yarn out flat so you can’t accidentally get tangled up and start working on the wrong side of the yarn.
Fold the first few inches of your yarn over and line it up so that the holes match. This will hide the end, giving you a nice, tidy finish. About 3-5 inches should be enough to prevent the end from sticking out.
Step 2: Get The Hook In Place
Find the first hole on your folded edge and slip the hook into it. From there, begin weaving the hook into each hole, as though you were knitting rather than crocheting. Gather the loops of mesh over the stem of the crochet hook, and don’t let them slip off the other side.
You can later play around and experiment with a different weaving pattern, but for this scarf, let’s keep it simple; just weave through every hole, going in and out so that the yarn bunches up over the crochet hook.
Step 3: Hook It Through
Once you have reached the tenth hole, stop weaving. Turn your hook over in your hands and snag the loop you have just gone through on the end of the hook. Pull that loop back through the other nine loops you have just gone through.
Do this slowly so you don’t end up accidentally hooking any of the other loops. If one gets snagged, pause and gently untangle it.
This motion will gather all the loops you’ve threaded onto the hook into a ruffle and you’ve got the first step of the scarf already! What could be easier?
Add a stitch marker at this point so you’ll know that’s one “set” of ruffles in place. This should make things easier if you end up having to undo some because you won’t have to go all the way to the start to keep count.
Step 4: Make A Second Ruffle
Loop your hook through the next hole and repeat the process, weaving through ten holes and hooking the last loop back through the other nine. Again, be careful not to get caught in any of the other holes.
This is the second ruffle done. Again, mark it with a stitch marker, and move on to the third.
Step 5: Keep Making Ruffles
Keep working through the yarn and making ruffles until you’re pleased with the length of the scarf. You can make it as long or as short as you want – until you run out of yarn, of course. Make sure you are happy with the length before finishing.
Step 6: Cut The End
Once you’ve got a long enough scarf, cut the yarn after the last ruffle. Make sure you snip all the threads in a straight line as this will give you a neater finish.
Once you have done, tie a knot in the yarn, finishing all the loose ends off. This will not be very visible among all the ruffles of the scarf, so don’t worry about hiding it.
Step 7: Sew Into A Circle (Optional)
If you want to make your ruffle scarf into an infinity scarf, grab your yarn needle and yarn of a similar color (so that it will blend in). You can also use a normal sewing needle and sewing cotton for this if you prefer.
Tie your yarn around one strand of mesh, and then begin weaving the two ends of your ruffled scarf tightly together. The ruffles should hide most of this joint even if it is not very neat, but try and keep it tidy. When you’re satisfied that the bond is secure, knot your yarn and cut away the excess.
You should only do this with quite a long ruffled scarf, or you may find it doesn’t fit very well, and you can’t twist it around. However, this is great if you find the trailing ends of your scarf get in your way. It’ll also mean you can be sure you’ll never have it accidentally slip off your neck!
You’ve now finished an amazing ruffled scarf with very stylish mesh yarn. Mix and match different colors and experiment with different numbers of loops being pulled through to create a whole range of different styles and looks. Pulling more loops through will use more yarn, but result in more “puff” for the scarf.
You can even alternate, perhaps pulling five loops through on the first ruffle, ten through on the next, five on the one after that, ten on the one after, etc. This will create a very interesting effect and give your scarf even more “oomph” and texture. Play around and have fun until you find the look you like best.
Ruffled Scarf With Normal Yarn
For your crochet ruffled scarf with normal yarn, you’ll require:
- A 7 mm crochet hook
- 1-2 skeins of yarn in the color of your choice (multicolored looks great for these scarves)
- A yarn needle (for weaving the ends in)
- Colored stitch markers
Step 1: Chain 200 Stitches
Create a slip knot in your yarn and chain 200 stitches on it. You can do fewer stitches if you want a particularly short scarf, or more for a longer scarf, but for most people, 200 is a good length.
You may want to use your stitch markers to mark the 50, 100, and 150th stitches to make counting easier (or even smaller increments).
Step 2: Start Row One
Begin by counting back two stitches and then double-crocheting them into the third chain on your scarf. Double crochet all the way along your chain, going into each one.
It helps to count your stitches to make sure you have the right number from the beginning. It’s very frustrating to suddenly realize you are short a few stitches later in the process. The stitch markers help reduce this possibility, so count your way to each as you go along.
Step 3: Start Row Two
When you reach the end of your chain, chain four more stitches. Next, gently slip your finger into the space that your last double crochet (on the row you have just completed) formed and make a double crochet in that.
Chain two more stitches, and then create another double crochet in the same space you just created the first double crochet in. Remember, you are creating a ruffle scarf, so you want your yarn to bunch up on top of itself – this might feel wrong, but it isn’t.
Repeat this step one more time, so you have third double crochet in that same double crochet from the previous row.
Step 4: Continue Row Two
Now, you are going to carry on double crocheting into your first row. Chain two stitches. Identify this same space, one along, where the double crochet in Row One forms a gap. Double crochet into it.
Chain two. Move along to the next double crochet, and double crochet into its space. Keep going along in this fashion, remembering to chain two between each of your double crochets. This is important.
When you reach the last double crochet, crochet three double crochets with two chains between each into it. You should now have three double crochets at either end of your scarf, and a single double crochet in each stitch gap along.
Step 5: Start Row Three
When you have put the three double crochets into the last double crochet of the row, chain two, and then begin moving back down the row to create row three, chaining two and double crocheting into each space as you go.
You should be able to see a great curly effect forming in your scarf as it begins to wind around itself and the yarn starts to pull in.
When you reach the end of Row Three, chain two more stitches and then connect to the top of the last double crochet with a slip knot.
Step 6: Ruffling The Ends
Make a single crochet into the last double crochet, which will bring your yarn and hook back to the center at the end of the scarf. From here, chain six more stitches.
In the next double crochet at the end of the scarf, insert the hook and create a double crochet. This is going to start adding a ruffle to the end of the scarf, as well as its body.
Chain four more stitches, and double crochet into the next space along.
Step 7: Continue The Double Crochets
Chain four, and double crochet into the next space again. You should continue this until you have completed a full circle. Keep chaining four in between each double crochet, or your scarf will pull out of shape.
This will add a great frilled edge to your twisty scarf, mimicking the look of ruffled yarn beautifully. With a multicolored yarn, it will look particularly effective.
Step 8: Finish The Circle
When you reach the last double crochet, chain four, and then make a single crochet on the top of the double crochet that you started this circle with. It should be the very next stitch.
At this point, you can choose to finish the scarf, in which case, skip to Step 10. If you’d like your scarf a little bigger and more ruffly, let’s carry on! Bear in mind that the scarf can get a little loopy and impractical if you go too far, so don’t get carried away.
Step 9: Create The Next Circle
If you do want to continue your scarf, chain five and do another circle of double crochets, working your way right around the edge. Put five chains between each double crochet, as the larger surface area will require more yarn and flexibility. You may need a second skein of yarn for this; make sure you have enough.
Step 10: Finishing The Scarf
Once you reach the end of your circle again, you will probably want to finish the scarf off. Theoretically, you could keep going, adding to your chain each time to make sure you have enough yarn, but this scarf will likely be big enough now.
Close the final chain and then chain one. Pull excess yarn through your loop, cut it off, and pull it to create a knot.
Grab your yarn needle and weave in the end; it should be easy to hide it among all the ruffles.
You will not get such a full effect with ordinary yarn as you might with mesh yarn, but you will probably find a greater range of colors, and it is more readily available. You may also prefer working with ordinary yarn, as ruffle yarn can be confusing and hard work.
Step 11: Sew Into A Circle (Optional)
We mentioned the benefits of sewing the scarf into a circle in the above instructions; it makes it easier to wear and harder to lose. If you want to do this with your ruffle scarf, first check that it’s long enough; you don’t want to find you’ve made an awkward necklace instead of a scarf.
Pin it in place to check this before stitching. If you’re happy with the length and look, grab some more of your multicolored yarn and thread your yarn needle.
Decide if you want to put any permanent twists in it to help with the ruffle, or if you like it as it is. Once you’ve made up your mind, use the yarn to ladder stitch the two ends of the scarf together, weaving them to create a tight bond.
Knot the yarn and weave in any excess thread, and you’ve got a great infinity scarf that’s also a ruffle scarf!
Ruffle scarves make an amazing accompaniment to any outfit, especially if you choose striking colors. The mesh ones are very quick and easy to make, while a ruffle scarf with normal yarn will take a bit more time and effort.
You can mix up the colors in either scarf and have a whole selection to pair with your various outfits. Like many crochet projects, they look more complicated than they really are, so don’t be put off by all the frills and fluff; they are super easy and will certainly impress everyone you know.
These also make great handmade gifts, and because they are quick to create, you can churn out one each for all your close friends, making Christmas a little more eco-friendly and a little more personal for everyone. Choose colors they’ll love, and you’ve got an immediately thoughtful gift that shouldn’t take long to make!