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How to Crochet a Ruffled Scarf?

Want to make your regular scarf a fashion statement? Then a ruffled scarf is just right for you. Crocheting a ruffled scarf is an easy and quick project. It is also a good project for a beginner since it is a great “practice project” with any of your crochet hooks and yarn in your collection.  In this blog, we’ll take you through easy steps to make a ruffled scarf with basic crochet stitches. 

Crochet a Ruffle Scarf

So, let’s get started.

Pattern Design: A pattern is the “map” of your project, so either you choose from your favorite designer or design your own. A scarf generally averages 10-15 inches in width and 60-90 inches in height. It mostly depends on the height of the person and the style they prefer. Also some crochet stitches are better suited to scarves than others. The single crochet (sc) or double crochet (dc) make a close dense fabric that is perfect for cold winters, while the treble stitch (tr) or double treble stitches – often done on lighter-weight yarn – result in an open or more elegant look that mimics lace.

For a ruffled design you can make the flat fabric in dense stitches and the ruffles in open weave. Plan to make ruffles on one side or both. Try and work on a uniform length and width of the ruffles. You can experiment with a shorter scarf. Besides the rectangular structure, you can plan to make a triangular shape with lesser distinct decreases and increases.

Yarn – A scarf can be crocheted with any yarn weight. A normal-length scarf about 250 yards of worsted-weight yarn should be sufficient. But if you are exploring lightweight or chunky weight yarns, then the quantity might differ but you can calculate with a crochet gauge swatch. Leftovers from your stash is also a wonderful option as you can make a rather colorful pattern.

Crochet hook – For your scarf project you can choose single-ended crochet hooks matching your yarn weight. Most patterns and even yarn labels mention the suitable crochet hook size. Tunisian crochet hooks can also be used as long as you don’t attach the interchangeable cord.

Crocheting your Scarf

Step 1: Make a slip knot on your crochet hook. It is not counted as the first stitch. If a pattern counts this slip knot it will be mentioned.

Step 2: Make a chain between 24 and 32 stitches – depending on your gauge. Or, you can start with foundation crochet stitches. This will help you work on the foundation with the stitch itself rather than work on a chain first.

Step 3: Start with any crochet stitch as you have planned for the pattern. Focus on the neat shape and borders or the ruffles will be difficult to make.

Step 4: Once you crocheted a fabric in the length to your liking, then bind off. Using a wool needle, weave in the ends. or, use a locking stitch marker to keep the last stitch secure while you start working on the ruffles.

Add Ruffles

There are two ways to go about crocheting the ruffled. You can either work with the scarf or make the ruffles section separately.

Chain stitches as many as the length of the scarf. This can be around 100+ given the length and the yarn weight.

Row 1 – Work of crochet stitches that are taller than the ones you have worked for the flat section of the scarf. If you have worked with single crochet (SC) stitches, then for ruffles use half double (HDC), double crochet (DC) or even treble crochet (TR).

Row 2 – Work with the same crochet stitches but now increases every 2 or 3 sticthes.

Row 3-5 – Continue with increases.

Row 6 – Fasten off crochet and weave in ends.

Have fun with this project. With Knitter’s Pride crochet hooks and crochet accessories get artsy right away and design your own ruffled crochet scarf.

How to Crochet Dragonfly Stitch?

The Dragonfly Stitch is an interesting crochet stitch pattern.  It is a beginner-friendly lace stitch that adds to the beauty of any simple project with any crochet hook that you own. Though the pattern looks detailed and complex, it can be made with just basic crochet stitches and techniques. Many yarn crafters who are also knitters believe that lace patterns are easy to make in crochet. If you are wondering how to crochet the dragonfly stitch, we’ll walk you through it. In this blog, we’ll see how it’s made but first gather your supplies.

        Crochet hook – You will need a crochet hook, this can be any hook (single-ended or even Afghan/ Tunisian hook but don’t attach the interchangeable cord). Just make sure you are comfortable with it. You can use bamboo, wood, steel, aluminum, or anything. Having the right crochet hook size is most important. If you are following a pattern, you will have all the details. If you are planning your design, you can guestimate with your yarn. Most yarn labels have the information. You can also make a gauge swatch to see if you are getting the look you wanted.

 

Crochet hook

        Yarn – The yarn for the dragonfly stitch can be anything from your stash or as a pattern instructs. Do not attempt with heavy-weight and light-weight yarn, stick to medium ply so that you can see the stitches easily.

This pattern in US crochet terms is a small swatch of 6 inches.

Before you start, practice the double crochet stitch. To make a DC stitch, yarn over the hook and insert it into the 4th chain. Pull up three loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull yarn through two loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull the loop through. You will have a double crochet stitch on hand.

Step 1 – Make a slip knot on the crochet hook. Start with a chain of 12 plus 3 extra for turning rows for the double crochet (DC) stitch. You can also start with a chainless foundation and get started with a row of double crochet stitches.

Row 1 - Make double crochet stitches in each chain until the end of the row. If you’ve started with a chainless foundation, skip this row.

Row 2 - Chain 3 and double crochet (DC) 5 stitches. Make 1 chain. Do not chain it on a stitch but in the air. Skip 1 stitch and then make double crochet stitches on the other six stitches.

Row 3 – Start with a chain of 3 stitches. Make 2 double crochet (DC) stitches. Chain 3 in the air and then skip 3 stitches. Make 1 double crochet stitch in the space of the chain of the row below. Once again make a chain of 3 stitches in the air and then skip 3 stitches. Finish the row with 3 double crochet stitches.

Row 4 – For this row, chain 3 stitches and make 1 double crochet (DC). Chain 4 stitches in the air and then skip 1 stitch. Make a double crochet stitch on the stitch of the row below. Once again follow the pattern of 4 chain stitches in the air, skip over 1 stitch, and finish off with 2 double crochet (DC) stitches.

Row 5 - Chain 3 and make 1 double crochet stitch (DC). Continue with 4 double crochet stitches in the space formed by the chains of the row below. Make a double crochet stitch 1 above the double crochet of the row below, 4 double crochet in the space formed by the chains of the row below, and 2 double crochet.

Row 6 - Make 1 double crochet in each stitch.

Continue the steps of crochet rows 2 to 6 till you have reached the desired length or the pattern instructs you to.

With these steps, you can easily crochet this fancy lace texture. The Dragonfly looks beautiful in the pattern. The stitch pattern can be easily made into projects such as shawls, scarves, blankets and more. You can also add the swatches to a knitting project and make them all the more special. If you know how to read a pattern chart then you can also plan your own project.

Happy Crocheting!

Best Knitted Gifts for Valentine's

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to express your love for someone special and what better way to do so than with handmade gifts? Whether you’re a seasoned knitter or just starting out, plenty of knitting projects will show your loved ones how much you care. From sweaters and scarves to mittens and hats, all you need is a pair of knitting needles and some patience to create something beautiful that your special someone will treasure. So why not make this Valentine’s Day extra special with a one-of-a-kind gift crafted with love and care?

Hearts Aflutter Dishcloth

The Hearts Aflutter Dishcloth is a perfect way to show your love and appreciation to someone special this holiday. Make a pattern of small hearts with stranded colorwork or with duplicate stitches. A big heart with knit and purl completed with beautiful edge also looks special. This simple and cute knitting project is both functional and decorative. You can make them with any pair of single-pointed needles or circulars. It will make a great addition to any kitchen, or even a lovely gift for your favorite Valentine. The pattern features an array of beautiful hearts, perfect for expressing your love. Best of all, it’s an easy pattern that won't take too much time or too much yarn. Knit up a batch in red, pink, purple and other shades. This will hardly take a day or the weekend to be done.

Hearts Aflutter Dishcloth

Sweet Socks with Hearts

Knitting a pair of socks is an easy way to show how much you care. And socks are for every season. This Valentine’s Day make a pair of socks. Beginners as well as advanced knitters can knit a pair in days at the most. You can choose to make them as a gift for someone special or keep them all to yourself! Either way, these are sure to bring a smile to the face of your loved one. Get yourself a 2mm or 3mm double-pointed needle or a circular needle in 9-inch or 12-inch lengths. If you are a fan of the magic loop technique then you can knit socks with circular needles of 32 to 40 inches in length. Knitting two socks at a time with two circular needles is an advanced method to complete your task quickly.

Sweet Socks with Hearts

Kisses and Hugs Scarf

Kisses and Hugs are a way to show your love. While you may not be able to give them physically to your loved one all the time, a pattern of kisses and hugs will do it for you. XOXO is the modern lingo for hugs and kisses. Knit this language of love and affection in a scarf and gift your Valentine to be wrapped in love. There are many patterns out there for projects but you can easily plan one too.

Kisses and Hugs Scarf

The double knitting technique will create a fabric that is reversible with Xs on one side and Os on the other side, making a cute combination. If you are fond of colorwork knitting, the Intarsia technique will finish the task smoothly. If you do not have the time and resources just make a simple scarf and then make the X and Os with duplicate stitches. Use a wool needle and a contrasting shade of yarn to make the kisses and hugs stand out.

Cupid's Arrow and Heart Hat

Hats are for every season. For every day or a special day, hearts make for wonderful gifts. Cast on stitches on a circular needle and make a seamless pattern. Double-pointed needles are also perfect for the task as long as you are confident knitting with DPNs and have the right needle length. The design of Cupid’s Arrow and a red heart can be made with duplicated stitches or knit them separately and attach to the hat giving it a beautifully textured look.

Cupid's Arrow and Heart Hat

Be My Valentine Pillow

This one’s for chunky yarn lovers. Knitting a pillow is easy and quick. You simply have to knit two squares or rectangles and stuff them up. Single-pointed needles can be used, or you can go ahead with knitting with your regular circular needles to support the chunky weight of the yarn. The alphabet can be made over knitted fabric or with different types of colorwork. While you can make them with any yarn weight, chunky yarn will give them a plush look and enjoy snuggling into.

Besides the quick-knitted gifts, you can make anything else too. Just make sure to use knitting needles that you are comfortable with and yarn in colors that express your love.

Happy Valentines!


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What is the Difference Between Flat and Circular Knit?

What is flat and what is circular knitting? Which one is better? Which knitting needles are best for which type of knitting? What should I put attention on? For which projects is flat and for which circular knit suitable? Yes, there are a lot of questions regarding flat and circular knits.

Flat and Circular Knit

There are many big differences between flat and circular knit. The necessary tools alone, i.e. the knitting needles, differ and also the technique because flat knitting is knitted in rows and circular knitting in rounds, which makes a big difference. It is therefore also important to know which type of knitting is best suited for which project. In this blog we would like to list some important questions and differences between flat and circular knitting for you.

Flat Knitting

For beginners, the terms flat and circular knitting are perhaps not even known. Flat knitting, as the name suggests, is a flat knitted project. Single pointed knitting needles are mainly used here. The piece has a front and a back and these are knitted back and forth alternately in rows.

Flat knitting is particularly popular with beginners to get started with knitting.

Circular knitting

Circular knitting involves crocheting in rounds to create a circular tube. Ideal for projects such as sweaters, loops or hats. Circular knitting also requires circular knitting needles, either fixed circular knitting needles or interchangeable knitting needles. But you can also crochet in rounds with double pointed knitting needles, these are perfect for smaller projects such as baby hats or classic socks.

Stitch markers are an indispensable accessory for circular knitting, because you crochet continuously in rounds, you often have to mark important points such as the beginning of the round. Our circular knitting needle sets always contain all the accessories you need for your circular knitting projects.

An advantage of circular knitting compared to flat knitting is that you don't have a seam for loops or hats and so you can avoid the annoying sewing together. And one advantage of the fixed or interchangeable circular knitting needles is that they are suitable for both flat and round projects. In principle, circular knitting needles are just short straight needles that are connected to each other with a cable and are so flexible and allow you to crochet in rounds.

For small projects such as socks and arm warmers, the circular knitting needles are usually too large in size and it becomes difficult to knit small pieces with them. Here the Double Pointed knitting needles are the more suitable choice. Double Pointed knitting needles come in sets of five needles and have pointed ends on both sides. The total number of stitches is divided into 4 needles and the fifth is knitted to create the rounds.

Should I knit flat or circular instead? What is the better choice for me?

We recommend that you try out both techniques at least once to get a feeling and to be able to decide better which type of knitting is suitable for you or for your project. Try out our fixed and interchangeable knitting needles to get a feel for which one is more comfortable for you. Some projects are only knitted in flat and some only in circular, so it won't be that difficult for you to choose.

"Imagination is everything. It’s the preview of life’s coming attractions." -    Albert Einstein

What type of knitting do you choose or do you prefer? No matter which one you like to choose, at Knitterspride you will find the best knitting needles that promise you an incomparable knitting experience.

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Benefits of Knitting with Sharp Needle Tips

Knitters love their knitting needles and prefer them sharp and smooth. The pointy tips of the needles create magic with yarn transforming it into garments, accessories and various projects. A sharp tip knitting needle is a basic requirement of smooth knitting. A simile to explain the point is, as a chef would not enjoy working with a blunt knife, similarly a knitter will not prefer a blunt knitting needle. With not so sharp needle tips you may be able to knit and complete the task at hand but you will certainly not enjoy it and spend more time getting the job done. 

Sharp tips are best found in metals, especially stainless steel knitting needles as it is very hard to match the point profile in wood, bamboo or any other material. The points make a huge difference in your knitting comfort. It becomes easier for you to insert the tip of your needle in your stitches without splitting your yarn, to pick up stitches, to insert in the back loop or to make any type of increase. With these pointy tips, you would find yourself knitting faster and much smoother.

interchangeable circular needles

Here are the 5 reasons why sharp-tip knitting needles work the best. If you are a tight knitter or one who hurts easily, you may not work with them but even then you cannot deny the fact that the sharp tips work very well.

  1. Ideal for Lace Knitting Techniques

Sharp tips are ideal for lace knitting patterns. The knitting needle has to go through two or more stitches at one time to create those artful holes. To work with techniques with accuracy while not damaging the delicate yarn, sharp tip needles work the best. There is also the need for yarn over (yo) once or multiple times as you will compensate by knitting two or more stitches together.

  1. Perfect Small Stitches

Knitting small stitches require the same exactness as lace patterns. Small stitches mean small needle sizes and lightweight yarns. Many knitting needles in small sizes focus on being durable so that the points are rounded so that they don’t chip off or break when you manipulate it in tight yarn plies. Sharp tipped needles of stainless steel are perfect for the task of small gauge. Even if you have the smallest needles, you can be assured that the surface is smooth, rust-resistant and durable.

  1. Managing Fuzzy yarns

Knitters love yarn and they come in many forms and looks. Fine yarns, like lace weight or fingering, are for intricate knitting patterns. Fuzzy fibers such as mohair, angora, cashmere, alpaca and llama wool look beautiful and are warm. Working with different kinds of yarn does not mean different kinds of needles. It can be easily knitted with needles that have precision tips. If you are working with two yarn types of different textures, with sharp tips you can differentiate easily and make the stitches. Even if two yarns have tangled or tend to stick together, then too with these points you can easily knit.

  1. Best for Big Decreases

Decreases are a part of knitting patterns where you want the project to take shape such as socks, hats, and sweaters. There are various methods of decrease but most of them work smoothly with sharp needle tips. When you will be merging two or more stitches in one and that too very neatly the precise points work the best.  This is also helpful for knitting increases. You can easily knit one stitch twice to add more stitches to shape up your projects.

  1. Multi-Color Yarns or Colorwork Patterns

Like lace patterns and small gauge, knitting colorwork patterns becomes easy and smooth with sharp tips. When you work with precision points, it helps you view and insert stitches neatly and comfortably. You can also easily inspect the yarns when you are working closely with two colors or a multi-shaded yarn. 

With this, you have reasons to work smoothly with sharp tip knitting needles. Many of us knitters prefer a set of needles or brands over others for the natural ease of working with it. The Mindful Collection is a unique range of stainless knitting needles with sharp tips. Making the needles special is an inspirational word imprinted on the body, such as create, dream, breathe, etc. that keeps the knitter focused on the meditative aspects of knitting. You can choose individual sizes or purchase knitting needle sets in options of double-pointed, fixed circular as well as interchangeable circulars that contain the most popular sizes plus accessories. Circular knitting needles combine the comfort of sharp tips with smooth cords making the ideal tools for all kinds of projects. The eco-friendly material is known for smooth crafting. Needle sets are often the best and most economical way to buy interchangeable circular needles since they include a variety of sizes but also additional helpful accessories that, if bought separately, would cost more.