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New Ruffles

Vertical dc rows (left), Tunisian simple st (right)Happy Spring!

Fashion designers are currently ruffling everything in a dramatic way. I'm inspired to try different ways to crochet ruffles. I'm excited about...

-: Make-Ahead Strip Ruffles :-

Have you ever crocheted strips of narrow rows of stitches, then slip stitched them onto the edge or surface of other crochet? It has never occurred to me before now, even though I've sewn fabric ruffles this way. The blue one above is all double crochet. The other one is Tunisian simple stitch. Each row has about five stitches in it.
Strips blocked and waiting to be attached to other crochet.
I skip 2 or more stitches/rows to gather them as I attach it to something with slip stitches. It's so easy to do pleats this way: fold some stitches and slip stitch them all together. In fact, I'd block the strip with folds in it first.

One of the best things about this "strip ruffle" method is that you could slip stitch right down the center of a strip and have an instant double ruffle.

Ruffle Test Shortcut

Swatching new ruffles could be quite time consuming! My shortcut is to run a string through a swatch I've already made, and use it like a drawstring to see how the stitches look when they're gathered up. See the swatches in the top right photo.

With this drawstring step I can spot the stitch patterns that look pretty when they bend into ruffles. A surprise is the swirly intrigue of ruffled broomstick lace! Another surprise: I usually prefer the ruffles of any stitch when the rows are vertical (perpendicular to the drawstring).
Another view of Tss strip ruffle, attached to multicolored Tss with slip stitches.
Here's another view of the Tunisian ruffle from the top photo. The stiffer, denser return pass stitches run vertically, from the top of the ruffle to its bottom edge. The ruffle is perkier and smoother this way.

Meanwhile, only a few of my star stitch patterns have enjoyed getting ruffly. (By the way, ruffles are kind of hard to capture well in photos. One really needs to be able to feel them, see them move from other angles, etc.)
"Box pleated" ruffles
I can also see how the rims of the ruffles look, and if weaving the drawstring through different groupings of stitches look better. The purple swatch shows the stitches grouped for a box pleat look.

The Traditional Ruffle

If you've tried a crocheted strip ruffle I'd love to hear about it. I searched Ravelry today for ruffled crochet patterns and turned up 2500. So far it looks like they use the traditional type in which you crochet roughly twice the amount of tall stitches into the next row. Sometimes another row or two is added for a longer ruffle.

Here's another nontraditional way to crochet ruffles: short rows! Undaria is a perfect example.
Undaria Flutter Scarf: Slip Stitch short rows with a big hook!

I expected to include examples of some of my older, more traditional crochet ruffles. I've run out of room so I'll blog about it.


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Ruffle Tests

Edges of ruffles via a shortcut (see left column about that). Yellow swatch: broomstick lace swirls. Red: chain-loop picot triplets. Atop the red are two slip stitch patterns. 

Ring Around the Roses--2006 pattern in a book
Ruffles have a special affinity with flowers and petals. With this early design it was all about the roses, but they didn't look flowery enough until I edged the neckline and skirt hem with a simple ruffle.


This is a prototype version of the Dessert Party Apron!
Shells are a handy traditional way to get a ruffled effect without adding the bulk and extra weight of bunched up stitches. (This is an old project that turned into the Dessert Party Apron.)
DesigningVashti News
Now that some teaching and freelance designing jobs are done we can start posting short stitch videos and other cool things regularly and often in most online places. yay!

Crochet! magazine Spring 2017 page for I Do Shawl by Cindy Adams photo ¬©Annie's 2017Beautiful new spring crochet patterns for our Lotus yarn: 

The I Do Shawl
Cindy Adams designed the I Do Shawl for 3 balls of color "Peachy Sheen". Pattern is in the spring issue of Crochet! Magazine

Morning Dew by Kristin Lynn, photo © Annie's 2017
The Morning Dew Wrap
Kristin Lynn used color "Satin Grey" for her 1-ball Morning Dew Wrap. Pattern is in the summer issue of Crochet! Magazine.

At Easter time I wear my favorite silk skirt a lot. This year I took a second look at its colors (blogged):Six Pack of Lotus Snacks: "Vashti's Silk Skirt" combo

Look at how Raveler LucyDPT is using the Mesmer stitch pattern to create her own designs!Raveler LucyDPT's Mesmer projects

And just look at Judi modeling the slip stitch lace Zumie Vest! This was during my classes at the Mosaic Yarn Studio, March 5 in Mt. Prospect IL.
(Those are star stitch symbols in the background.)Zumie Vest is currently a Big-Hook slip stitch crochet project in Ravelry
Links I Enjoyed This Week
Kristi Tullus: “How to Attach Jointed Limbs” for amigurumi.
Susanna Bauer’s crochet art exhibit in Geneva Switzerland.


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