Ruffle yarn (aka mesh yarn) is the newest entry to the novelty yarn market, and there are several competitors out there: Premier Starbella, Red Heart Boutique Sashay, Spinrite Pirouette, Bernat Twist 'N Twirl, and more added every day. Primarily they're used to make twisty ruffle scarves - just the other day I spotted one such scarf on a local celebrity! And while the twirly ruffle scarves are very pretty, you can bet that designers have been hard at work thinking up other fun uses for this yarn. Here are 16 free knit and crochet patterns that use ruffle yarns in new ways!
Free Crochet Patterns Using Ruffle Yarns:
- Quick and Sassy Chain Scarf on Red Heart: (finger crocheting!)
- Sophia's Shawl by Margaret Zellner, a Ravelry download:
- Rose Parade Wrap Crochet Pattern by Linda Cyr on Red Heart:
- Child Sashay Yarn Skirt by Amy Lehman, on Crochet Creative Creations:
- Ruffle Lined Purse by Debi Dearest, on Dearest Debi Blog:
- Ruffle Ripple Shoulder Cozy Crochet Pattern by Trish Warrick on Red Heart:
- Swing Ruffles Vest by Amy Polcyn, on Premier Yarns:
- Grape Swirl Hat by PollyAnna Perdue, a Ravelry download:
Free Knit Patterns Using Ruffle Yarns:
- Summer Days Ruffled Shoulder Bag by Rozetti Yarns (PDF):
- Ruffle Pillow by Trish Warrick, on Red Heart:
- Starbella Ruffle Skirt by Milly of Ben Franklin Crafts:
- Ruffled Tutu Skirt by Kathryn Ashley-Wright, a Ravelry download:
- I’m Worth It Ruffled Tote Knitting Pattern by Lorna Miser on Red Heart:
- Ruffled Cami by Margaret Zellner, a Ravelry download:
- Kelp Forest Shawlette by karinknits designs, a Ravelry download:
- Ruffled Roses by Annie Modesitt, a Ravelry download:
Have you tried out any of these ruffle yarns or mesh yarns yet? What did you make? Share your ideas and links in the comments!
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I love this yarn and knew someone would come up with some great new ideas for it.
😀 Only a matter of time - I've been working on this roundup for a month, waiting for the free patterns to appear!
I added a ruffle yarn skirt to the bottom of one of my daughter t-shirts and turned it into a dress. I also made what I'm calling a Polka Dot Circus afro using ruffle yarns. I used the pattern Ruffle Tops by Snappy Tots. While it's not a free pattern, it was well worth it and now I love making them! I'm becoming a ruffle yarn addict and now am looking forward to trying some of these patterns!
Love the T-shirt idea! And thanks for the tip on Snappy Tots patterns! I'm glad you enjoyed the roundup! 😀
Love this yarn! It can be used to replace almost any ruffles in a pattern.
So far I've used them to make girl's ruffle bag (crochet, turned up like the sashay skirt), ruffle cushion (round), ring pillows...
Would you be able to make a blanket? Without it being too thick? Or too thin? Pattern please?
I haven't seen a pattern for a blanket using ruffle yarn - I think the best bet would be to just use it as edging around a blanket made of standard yarn.
I saw this today on Ravelry, when I was looking for patterns to use the Bernat Truffles I scooped up on clearance.
Oh very cool! Thanks for adding it Kristin!
I have made a blanket which is being used as a newborn photography prop. I made four large squares with a 12 ply backing and then sewed them together. It looked fantastic and I have seen photos of it in use.
Sounds super cute!
I think the yarn would be easier to sew onto an already made blanket if you really wanted a blanket. I think it would be cute especially with a matching pillow.
I have used sashay for ruffles on 18" doll clothes. It's great for skirts. Folded in half it works for collars and other trim.
I am a crocheter but tried out knitting a scarf with this yarn and now I am hooked!! (No pun intended!) I am now excited to go beyond the scarf I'm delighted to see so many options. Can't wait to start! Hmmmm, who gets which project for Christmas?
I crocheted the scarf and then glues it on the cardboard cones to make Christmas trees. Decorated with lights & ornaments.
Also used it to make wreaths for both Halloween & Christmas. Made hair scrunchies for grand kids. Love seeing ideas on other things I can do with it.
Great ideas Debbie, thank you for sharing!
Hello I have been trying to figure out how to make a ruffle yarn wreath. What kind of frame would you use? Foam or wire wreath frame
I suppose it depends on how you want to attach it! I'd use foam if I were pinning it on, wire if I were crocheting it on. 🙂
For the wreath with ruffle yarn I use either the embroidery hoops or round wire rings.
Is there a crochet pattern available for the 'summer days shoulder bag'. I don't know how to knit but, the bag is so beautiful!
Not that I can find, but if you work a basic tote with ruffle yarn I think you'd get the same look!
I have used the 3 brands of these yarns and I've wrapped elastic pony tail holders ( like scrunchies) which I call hair ruffles. Just slip stitch over and under a hair elastic using the working edge. and my 8 year old daughter and I both have don't the finger chain style necklace/lei/scarf.
Great idea Jenn, thanks! 😀
With the start of warm weather I have been crocheting ruffle yarn onto inexpensive flipflops for a "girlie" ruffled look. Inexpensive and quick but really cute!
I would like to know how to crochet the ruffle scarf on a sweatshirt Pleas
I would lile to crochet a sashay ruffle infinity scarf. Do you have a pattern for it?
I'm not sure I've seen one done as an infinity! I think the easiest way would be to sew the ends together on a regular sashay scarf!
Is there a crochet pattern for the cami? It is sooo cute.
I'm afraid I can't find one, but adding the ruffle yarn to a basic cami could work! 🙂
I made a crowl infinity scarf by crochet it turned out good.
Made the crothet shawl using sashay yarn .want to make it a long duster help
I’ve been inventing a rara scarf to use up my stash. I start with one colour and crochet a chain the length of scarf I want then crochet a triple into each with the same colour. Next a different colour and 2 triples into each, then a third colour with 2 triples into each stitch or adding an extra triple on alternate stitches depending on how my frill is going. Lastly I use the ruffle or whatever other unusual wool I want to use up to make an edging. You can say the number of layers and the twist of the scarf by adding more or less extra stitches. Great fun, use up any wool you have lying around and make great fun gifts
That sounds so fun! Thank you, J!