I have been asked, over the years, how I manage my crafting and my chronic pain and Fibromyalgia so today I thought I would share with you one of my ‘brainless’ crafts – these are things I can do where I don’t need to be able to think clearly, don’t need to calculate, don’t need to keep count, don’t need to cut with precision etc. I will show you how I make a Ruffle Scarf.
It was a couple of years ago now, that I made my first Ruffle Scarf and I had that aha moment – I can still craft on my bad days if I find the right craft!!
What you need:
A ball of ruffle yarn (I am using Elicia from Lincraft)
A pair of knitting needles – I am using 6.5 – the size doesn’t affect the outcome so just use what you are comfortable with.
I know that one ball makes a very long scarf – approx 2.3m and I am making these for Angels For The Forgotten so have decided to make them smaller.
1. Take the ball of ruffling yarn
2. Unravel it all and find the 2 ends
3. Holding the two ends, slide through your hands to find the halfway mark and cut
4. Put the end between your little finger and ring finger then around your thumb to form an 8 – keep wrapping in an 8
and you will end up with a nicely wrapped half ball!
In fact you will have two half balls!
5. Take the first half ball and stretch the yarn open so you can see all the ‘holes’
6. Take a needle and ‘thread’ it from the back, through a ‘hole’, then around the back and through again until you have 5 stitches on the needle.
7. Put the other needle through the first stitch – in the photo below, you will see the needle through the stitch and the joined yarn beside the needle and then another ‘hole’
8. You take that next ‘hole’ and place it over the needle
9. Turn the needle through to ‘knit’ the stitch
10. Lift it off the needle to complete the ‘knit’
11. Continue ‘knitting’ in this way until you get to about 8 ‘holes’ from the end.
12. Cast off
13. I then tie both of the ends into a knot and trim. You don’t really see this but if you do, this provides a neat finish.
So there you have them – two scarves all ready to keep some little neck warm this winter for 69 cents and some Nanny time. They actually measure approx 57″ in length so could be worn by adults as well!
I would love to see if you decide to give them a try!
Until next time