Ruches and Ruffles and Red: Oh, My! (And another free knitting pattern!)
Some knitted scarves speak for themselves. One of these is the Nerina scarf from A Knitted Wrapsody by Kristin Omdahl. It's statement is clear: "I'm here to elevate your look today; watch out, world, here I come!"
We're offering the Nerina Scarf as a free pattern! It's a really fun knit and so rewarding to wear. You'll get so many compliments—guaranteed.
No one can better describe this scarf than Kristin herself, so here she is!
Ruched and Ruffled
This ruffled scarf is cinched with a pair of satin cord drawstrings that are tied with double uni-knots, one of my favorite types of fishing knots (see tutorial below).
The scarf is knitted in a reversible ribbed pattern with regularly spaced short-rows to produce the ruffles along the edges. The holes created by the short-row turns provide eyelets through which the satin cords are threaded.
Depending on how tightly the drawstrings are cinched, the ruffles contract from open and loose to a dense, thick mass.
Tie it loosely around your shoulders for a little capelet, tighten the drawstrings a bit for soft ruffles, or cinch them all the way for a heavily ruffled collar or cowl.
The rippling texture in this two-row pattern is beautiful when flat but pops into luxurious ruffles when cinched with the drawstrings. The short-rows may be a bit of challenge at the beginning, but you'll enjoy watching the ruffles emerge from the technique.
The double uni-knot, used for tying flies, is surprisingly easy to make. One of the best features is that you can cut the tails right next to the knot.
Lay the two strands parallel to each other on a flat surface. Bring the tail of the lower strand back on itself to make a loop, then cross it over the upper strand (Figure 1). Wrap the short end around both strands three times, bringing it to through to the front of the loop on the third wrap (Figure 2). Pull on both ends of this strand to tighten the knot (Figure 3). Wrap the upper strand in the same manner (Figure 4), then tighten both ends (Figure 5).
—Kristin Omdahl, from A Knitted Wrapsody
I really love everything about this scarf. You know I'm a fan of ruffles, and the addition of the ruching really steps Nerina up a notch. Kristin is a super-talented designer; her creativity knows no bounds.
Did you know Kristin has even designed a special Eucalan wool wash, named Wrapture? It's jasmine scented, and boy does it spell wonderful! We've put together a special kit for you: a bottle of Wrapture and a copy of A Knitting Wrapsody! What a wonderful treat!
Get your kit today and start knitting beautiful wraps with Kristin!