Happy Tuesday! I’m in Virginia visiting family, and am sharing something fun and easy. If you’ve not made this yet, give it a try.
I made my mom a gorgeous scarf out of the red Trendsetter Cha Cha yarn. She showed it to her neighbor, who thought it was fabulous and fascinated at how it was made. I taught this neighbor to knit, so later today or tomorrow, I’ll bring her the skein I bought for her and teach her how to make it.
So easy — take one skein of the Trensetter ChaCha yarn in your favorite color. I recommend balling it by hand carefully so you don’t twist the fat ribbon.
Don’t overthink knitting this one up. Thanks to Staci who showed me that I was making it harder for myself! Take size 10 or 10.5 US straight needles, and weave the needle in and out of the boxes on top of the yarn so you have 10-12 threads on top of your needle. You may want to have every other box, or every 3 boxes so it looks like your needle is laying on top of San Francisco’s Lombard Street. This sets up the ruffle. When you knit the first row, don’t freak. Just slide your right hand needle into the first thread laying across the top of the needle, through the open box of yarn. Be careful how you “wrap” the yarn — don’t twist the yarn and skip a couple of boxes (whatever number you choose, stick with it) to create the ruffle. You slide the open box over the needle with one thread laying on top, then slide the “old” thread over the top. You’re really just knitting those boxes, not the entire yarn.
Keep going until the end of the row. Turn the needle and keep going.
Binding off may seem a little strange, but you do it just like any other project, but just sticking to using the boxes in the top of the ribbon yarn as your working yarn.
When I finished knitting the scarf, I took a yarn needle, threaded it with the ribbon, and carefully worked it through the spaces left by the boxes at the top of the ribbon. I tried to make it look somewhat like the inside of a rose — that layered look.
I’m sorry I don’t have a good camera with me to show you the finer details of how this works. There are some great videos on the web of how to knit with this, but I didn’t find any about how to finish it (weaving in ends). Try my suggestion and I hope you’ll enjoy it.
What did I enjoy about this project? It was fast and while I was afraid it would look cheesy when finished, it didn’t. I was a little frustrated at first because it didn’t start out quickly, but once I got the hang of the technique of working with the boxes and not the entire yarn, it flew.
And with one skein, it’s not a lot of yarn to get you hot with summer knitting!