How to make beautiful thick ruffles with single crochets using a ribbon yarn and a base yarn.
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Take your ribbon yarn and winding it smoothly and flatly around a core. You may have to trim the end for an even edge.
With the base yarn work two rows of single crochets. To turn, chain one and turn. Work a sc in the first stitch. Often you’ll skip that first stitch, but not in this pattern.
To begin the ribbon row, fold the ribbon yarn over so at least three loops or ladders are doubled. Since you’re starting on the front, the double edge is to the back.
Place the ribbon yarn in front of the single crochet base. Insert the hook through the first ribbon ladder and under the top two loops of the single crochet in the base. Yarn over, pull through the sc and ribbon ladder. Yarn over and pull through the two loops on the hook, making a single crochet.
Of course, the ladders on the ribbon yarn are much wider than the single crochet stitches on your base. So you’ll have to insert the hook through the next ribbon ladder and come back to your next single crochet. Holding both together, yarn over, pull through so there are two loops on the hook, yarn over and pull through two loops on the hook, making a single crochet. After you’re finished a row, very gently pull the ruffles down so the mesh loops/ladders will be even.
Finish the row with a chain one and turn. For this pattern I wanted to leave space between the ribbon rows so they didn’t pile on top of each other too closely. Therefore, work four rows of single crochet. Remember not to skip the first stitch. No matter how many single crochets you use for your base, periodically count the stitches in the base row to make sure your number is consistent. It is easy to skip a stitch or two.
After completing the four single crochet rows, chain one and turn. You want to keep the ruffles on the same side of the panel for the purse panel. When you turn the panel, the ribbon yarn is on the back. So just reverse the front stitch. Place the ribbon yarn along the back of the panel. (Be sure not to twist the ribbon as you bring it up from the last ribbon row.) Now insert the hook through the top two loops of the single crochet and through the next ribbon ladder. Holding them together, yarn over and pull through both. Yarn over and pull through the two loops on the hook, making a single crochet. Continue working across row. Be sure to gently pull down the ruffles when you complete a ruffle row.
Continue working in the pattern – Front Ribbon Row, 4 Sc rows, Back Ribbon Row, 4 Sc rows – until your panel is the length you want. For the written pattern check out Ruby Ribbon Candy Purse listed in the site map.
You can use this ribbon ruffle to make a scarf, a purse or create a ruffled edge on a garment.