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Undaria Flutter Scarf

Crochet
December 2011
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
6.0 mm (J)
195 - 390 yards (178 - 357 m)
One skein of yarn, measured flat: 27" x 8" {69 cm x 20 cm}. Two skeins of yarn, measured flat: 54" x 8" {137 cm x 20 cm}. When worn (measured hung), my one-skein scarf lengthens to 31" {79 cm}. A two-skein Undaria would double in length: 62" long measured
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This hyperbolic 100% slip stitch crochet ruffled scarf pattern features self-edged short rowing. Crochet the ruffle scarf edging as you go, thanks to a second type of slip stitch that helps to create a pearly scallop. Fine yarn gives it a delicate fluttery weight. Using a large hook size means you make progress faster than you might expect.

These slip stitches have uncommon drape and translucency. It’s the next step in my ongoing adventure in combining different kinds of slip stitches and short rows for my instant download crochet patterns. As a one-skein project, the accent is on the distinctive fin-like scarf ends. Add another skein to double its length and you can also wear it twisted as a long corkscrew scarf. The fabric is completely reversible.

Skill Level: Intermediate. This pattern combines two types of slip stitches and a short-row technique. I have written the pattern with few abbreviations, and provide International English equivalents for American measurements, yarn weights, and stitch terms. The UK & Australian equivalents are in brackets {}.

Note: My free pattern Slip Slope Scarf is a great introduction to using slip stitches in short rows to crochet draping fabrics.

After using this pattern you will know (if you didn’t already):

  • How to crochet a ruffle scarf with slip stitches that has soft and feminine drape
  • How to crochet different kinds of slip stitches for a pearly edge (or other fashion effects)
  • How to use crochet short rows for a fluttery scarf
  • How to create a decorative slip stitch edging as you go

Substituting a yarn: The best yarns for this project are soft wool blends because they add gentle drape and bouncy loft. (Some cotton yarns could add this bounce if blended with enough acrylic.) Alpaca would also probably look lovely. As you can see, long color changes in a self-striping yarn, or subtle tonal shades of a hand dyed yarn, work great for this design! Choose a smooth #1 super fine weight yarn that lists on its label a crochet hook size range from B/1/2.25mm-E/4/3.5mm. These yarns may also be referred to as fingering, baby, or sock weight {UK: 3-ply}. Some slightly thicker yarns, known as #3 fine or sport weight {UK: 4 ply} could work also.

Recommended if you’re new to slip stitch crochet: 8 stitch markers (until you can recognize the last slip stitch of each row).
Optional: 1 small button and matching sewing needle and thread for attaching it to one scarf end.