Scarves are fun to knit because they provide such variety in such a small package.
They can be long or short.
They are good for practicing new stitches and techniques.
They make lovely gifts for family and friends.
But even more fun are scarves knit from self ruffling yarns.
Knit in garter stitch on big needles with just a few stitches these scarves work up fast. The best part is even though you are knitting simple garter stitch the unique construction of the yarn does all the work and you end up with a fabulous, complicated looking scarf.
Because of that unique construction–maybe a mesh you knit into or a ribbon edged with a ladder yarn–self ruffling yarns don’t look like normal yarns and can confuse both experienced and novice knitters alike.
We’ve created two videos to introduce you to these fun yarns. A round of applause for Karen, from our customer service department, who bravely agreed to be the star (don’t we all get shy when a camera is turned on?). You may have met Karen through the KFI ID on Ravelry.
This first video is an overview of some of the yarns available, their construction, and how they look knit up.
There are free patterns for many of these yarns on our website. You can check them out on the free patterns page or if you are on the specific yarn page there is often a link on the left hand side of the page.
In this second video Karen demonstrates how to knit with a few of these yarns.
See, it’s not as difficult as you might think.
Katia, the makers of Park Avenue, shared this video of how to crochet with this unique yarn.
Novelty yarns might not be your style, but you should give them a try. You might be pleasantly surprised both with the process and the results. Many of these yarns are very easy to work with once you get the hang of it.
They can also be addictive! I made a scarf using Triana and it was like potato chip knitting…I was so fascinated I couldn’t stop until the scarf was finished. Luckily it only took about four hours to knit so my family wasn’t too neglected. ha!