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Topic: Rainbow Ruffle Shawl - or an actual reason to use ruffle yarns :P  (Read 4919 times)
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« on: October 26, 2012 12:01:07 PM »

Surely by now you've all seen that ruffle yarn that the knitters have been playing with.  It's apparently a little-known fact that one can crochet with it (despite my best efforts...).

I have made several of these scarves (for some reason... they're really not my style).  And while I'll agree that the process of making them is quick, I'm still not really a fan.

The other day, however, I came across a pattern that, if you're like me, I think will change your mind about this crazy yarn.

It's called the Kelp Forest Shawlette and it uses the ruffle yarn in a rather interesting way.  It takes advantage of the net-like nature of the yarn to create an easy lace.

This pattern is also kind of neat because it can be both knit and crocheted with identical results (and I have to say, if you do both crafts, use a crochet hook - it's easier).



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This shawl was made with two balls of Premier Yarns Starbella in the Fly A Kite colourway and a 5mm hook.
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« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2012 03:46:55 PM »

Oooh very pretty! I love the color and texture.
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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2012 03:57:26 PM »

I have no idea of what this yarn is ..mostly because I lack the knitting/crocheting gene...but I adore this shawl, it is amazing! If you ever want to do a personal swap for one..let me know!!  it rocks
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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2012 06:45:02 AM »

Oooooh! Pretty! And as a fellow not-much-for-scarves person, a shawl could be a fun alternative. I just saw some of the yarn at the store and was wondering if I dared to try it. But, a scarf was all I could think of, so now, I may have to go and check out the selection of colors!

ETA: I just watched the video tutorial and as I was watching, I figured out that it was essentially a crocheted slip stitch. And, then had it confirmed when she switched to a hook at the end. Looks simple enough! I'm not quite sure how she finished the ends, but it'll probably make more sense once I actually get to the end. Now, to print out a coupon and head to the store! Although, I really should be trimming weeds and branches in the back yard... Maybe I'll do that first and then reward myself with the yarn...
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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2012 07:22:52 AM »

When I got almost to the end of the second ball (maybe an inch or so left), I just pulled the whole thing through the last loop on my hook.  The end gets completely lost in the ruffles.

For added security, I might tack it down with some matching thread, but it works fine for now.
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« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2012 07:49:28 AM »

I'll give that a try, thanks! And, once I get the yarn (notice, I still haven't headed out to do yard work...), I'm sure I'll find some matching thread in my stash, in case I need it. What to do when the power goes out due to Hurricane Sandy? Crochet a lace shawl, of course!
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« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2012 08:10:33 AM »

Buy extra yarn... this shawl works up freakishly quickly!
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« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2012 01:14:11 PM »

Buy extra yarn... this shawl works up freakishly quickly!

I bought enough yarn to make 2 shawls (a blue colorway and a grey and tan colorway)! I couldn't decide on the color, so I bought both. Unfortunately, after two hours of cutting and trimming branches and weeds in the back yard, my arms are like jelly, so crocheting isn't on the menu for this evening.

Now, I'm almost hoping that we lose power on Tuesday (but only Tuesday) so we get the day off and I can stay home and crochet by candlelight! But, I shouldn't say that because, with my luck, I'll lose power because a tree falls in my yard... or one of my trees falls onto my neighbor's house... So now, I hope that Sandy dies out or changes course!
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« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2012 07:18:11 AM »

I have some of this yarn, and I hate it! I don't like being creatively hemmed in lol. oh well, quick scarf for my father in law's girlfriend's xmas present though....

I love your shawl.
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« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2012 01:14:11 PM »

Your shawl is beautiful.
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