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Practically every week we receive another new ruffle yarn from another yarn company. To say that ruffle scarves are one of the most popular knitting projects right now seems a bit of an understatement. Knitting with the yarn can be a bit tricky at first glance, but once you see how it is done, it quickly becomes the easiest knitting with the most dramatic results.
For this tutorial, I used Katia Tul, but any of the other similar yarns, such as Katia Ondas, Katia Triana and Triana Lux, are knit in a similar fashion.
As you can see, the yarn is actually a mesh fabric all scrunched up. When you spread it out, the holes in the mesh become visible.
To cast-on, using the tip of the needle, along the edge of the mesh, poke a hole in the mesh and put the needle tip through. Leave this part of the mesh on the needle. That is one stitch cast on. For the next stitch, bring the needle tip back over the top of the edge and make another hole in the mesh. This is the second stitch. Keep going until you have the number of stitches needed.
Once all the stitches are cast on, turn the work so the stitches are on the left-hand needle. With the empty right-hand needle, go into the first stitch to knit, but instead of using the yarn all scrunched up, spread out the fabric and use the needle to punch a hole in the mesh and pull that bit of fabric through the stitch. Slide the worked stitch off the left needle. Work all the stitches in this manner, continuing on as desired.
Space the holes in the mesh about 1″ apart, and make sure that the holes are near the edge of the fabric so that there is enough mesh to create ruffles.
The second row has been finished here. I haven’t fluffed up the ruffles yet, so they aren’t as peppy and exuberant as they could be.
This is with the piece turned, ready to be knit.