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Ruffles: The perfect birthday treat

Jan 18, 2012

Angora from my stash: Fleece Artist Peter Rabbit
It's my birthday today and I feel like a little something girly. Ruffled angora scarf? Yes, please!

I have a skein of Fleece Artist Peter Rabbit in my stash and I've been looking for the perfect pattern to show it off. It's the most beautiful pinkish-red; I got it on a yarn crawl in Portland, Oregon a couple of years ago and every time I visit it my stash I'm sad to see it still in the skein and not knit up into a beautiful, fluffy knitted accessory.

Laura Bryant and Barry Klein from Trendsetter Yarns filmed a segment on Knitting Daily TV about how to knit ruffles, and Laura's Ruffled Scarf is a beautiful, feminine scarf that seems custom-made for my yarn.

The pattern is deceptively simple, too. You start by increasing in every stitch in the first row, in most of the stitches in the second row, and then you knit several rows straight.

Then you pick up stitches in the cast-on row and repeat the process. The resulting poof of ruffles is so lovely, especially in angora.

Ruffled Scarves by Laura Bryant of Trendsetter Yarn     

My Peter Rabbit is slightly finer than the Trendsetter Angora that the pattern calls for, so I'll either run it with a sport weight yarn, decide to have a smaller scarf, or cast on more stitches to make it longer and knit more straight rows on each side to make it wider.

Angora is one of those polarizing fibers; people seem to love it or hate it. There are some drawbacks to angora, for sure, like how it can shed and make you sneeze (and cover your clothes with fibers!) but it's also so soft you can barely feel it! It whispers along the skin, providing softness, warmth, and coziness. I, for one, love it.

As my birthday gift to you, here's the Ruffled Scarf Pattern, for free! This scarf would look beautiful in just about any yarn, too, so don't hesitate to try it if you don't have angora on hand. Just check your stash for a yarn that knits up on size ten needles; a variegated yarn would be beautiful.

And in cast you haven't heard, there's a new season of Knitting Daily TV coming up! Here's a preview of the first episode, Needle Art Trends.

It's going to be a fun season! Check your local PBS listings to see when Knitting Daily TV airs in your area, or if you're chomping at the bit, buy the entire season on DVD now! As you can see from the preview, the new season is full of wonderful stuff! Learn how to knit all kinds new patterns and use new techniques. I can't wait!


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pollyanna@3 wrote
on Jan 23, 2012 5:42 AM

Sorry, I'm late,Happy Birthday Kathleen!

pollyanna@3 wrote
on Jan 23, 2012 5:39 AM

Sorry, I'm late. Happy Birthday Kathleen!

shawlmaker wrote
on Jan 21, 2012 4:46 PM

Just catching up, myself. So, we'll just celebrate your birthday all month!

Kathleen, is 100% angora too shapeless for this scarf? I have enough, I think, but am afraid to ruin it. Should I "run something with it," maybe? Sportweight?

IvoryKohl wrote
on Jan 21, 2012 3:05 PM

The 18th was my birthday too.  Thanks for the gift! Such a beautiful scarf, you are generous to share it, and happy birthday!

doilylama wrote
on Jan 21, 2012 9:26 AM

I am also a January 18 Capricorn. I have been teaching myself to knit for many years, and it is all falling into place now. The double points are my biggest challenge, but I actually finished my first seamless hat!! I love the scarf pattern, and I can't wait to knit it!

Chris R wrote
on Jan 21, 2012 9:03 AM

Happy birthday! Love the pattern -- this might be my next quick-gratification project.

MaDearappear wrote
on Jan 21, 2012 8:26 AM

Happy belated birthday. I have got to start reading my emails daily. Really sorry for  missing out on your bornday. Love the scarf and yarn choice.

achalfant wrote
on Jan 21, 2012 7:53 AM

Happy birthday. (They get to go and on, as long as you like.)

Most of my emails hit the trash before opened. However, I always open yours and am shocked--really--that I take the time to read it, and often file it.

Happy winter knitting,


WillenaT wrote
on Jan 21, 2012 7:40 AM

Happy belated birthday! I am just catching up on emails and reading the week in review.

This scarf pattern is most welcome in snowy Eastern Canada (Nova Scotia). Thanks for sharing.

MsPollyWolf wrote
on Jan 19, 2012 3:35 PM

Hope you have a very blessed and happy birthday!

JoanneC@28 wrote
on Jan 19, 2012 10:03 AM


sheba2 wrote
on Jan 19, 2012 1:28 AM

  HAPPY BIRTHDAY to  U .... Now you just are over    20 years !. Best regards !

Lorna55 wrote
on Jan 19, 2012 12:58 AM

Happy birthday!  May this be a great year for you!  Lorna

megfab wrote
on Jan 19, 2012 12:06 AM

Happy Birthday Kathleen!

ennadoolf wrote
on Jan 18, 2012 6:29 PM

oooh, I think I have the perfect yarn for this scarf!  Thanks for the pattern!!

on Jan 18, 2012 4:34 PM


Happy birthday, it's mine too! And my sons tomorrow!

Thanks for the great emails.

tcmt2000 wrote
on Jan 18, 2012 3:32 PM

Thank you for making your birthday ours too!!  I can't wait to try it!

on Jan 18, 2012 3:09 PM

Happy Birthday and thank you for sharing such a nice project.


on Jan 18, 2012 1:17 PM

Thanks, everyone, for the birthday wishes!

Felisa, I would knit front and back to do the increases. I think it's the easiest increase and it won't show when you get all of the ruffles going. ~Kathleen

on Jan 18, 2012 12:08 PM

Happy Birthday and thank you for such a lovely design and pattern.  I can't wait to try it myself.

hedyfoley wrote
on Jan 18, 2012 10:59 AM

Happy birthday!  It is my birthday too. Thank you for sharing the ruffle pattern!


on Jan 18, 2012 10:55 AM

Happy Birthday from Sharon in Canada

Barbara Wild wrote
on Jan 18, 2012 10:54 AM

Thanks so much, Kathleen!  Happy, Happy Birthday!

NancyORourke wrote
on Jan 18, 2012 10:44 AM

It's my birthday, too!!  Happy birthday to you and Suzanne.   I enjoy your blog!

Suzanne@51 wrote
on Jan 18, 2012 10:13 AM

Happy Birthday-It's my birthday too- thanks for sharing the wonderful pattern!

LizC@25 wrote
on Jan 18, 2012 10:08 AM

Happy birthday and thanks for sharing a gift. Once I turned 50 I decided on my birthday that I would give people "re-gifts" - clear out the clutter in my life and "reverse" the aging process!

drotomito wrote
on Jan 18, 2012 10:04 AM


This is in reference to the ruffled scarves by Laura Bryant. How do you do the increases in every stitch?.



rkr4cds wrote
on Jan 18, 2012 9:57 AM

Thank You, Thank You for your WONDERFUL gift. I'm beginning this afternoon! I see the number of downloads just leapfrogging - everyone else is appreciating this, too!

Have a wonderful Birthday and remember that we girls can CELEBRATE our Special Day - all month long!!

on Jan 18, 2012 9:34 AM

Happy Birthday Kathleen (from another January Kathleen-the 15th). Have a great year.

mykidlets wrote
on Jan 18, 2012 9:04 AM

Happy Birthday!  It's my youngest daughter's birthday, too, and a snow day - fun all around!  I hope you have a great day.