Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Tipsy Tuesday: Ruffle Yarns Quick Knitting Tip

Do you love knitting with ruffle yarns, but hate having to stop and open the ribbon while you are trying to knit it?
There are a lot of knitters with that same problem! 
Here's our Tipsy Tuesday Quick Knitting Tip

Hi, It's Nancy Queen from NobleKnits.com. I'm here with a Tipsy Tuesday Quick Knitting Tip. 
Today we are going to talk about ruffle yarns and how to knit them. Sometimes, when ruffle yarns are on the ball (or skein), the ribbon is all squished and smashed together and in order to knit them, you actually need to open up the ribbon. We've had this question quite a bit on Facebook and some of our friends on Facebook have answered the question of how they've made knitting with these yarns a bit easier. We're going to share some of those tips with you today. We've gotten some really good ideas.

  1. One knitter recommended that you just take your ribbon (and ruffle) yarn and rewind it into a ball, keeping the ribbon flat as you wind.
  2. Another knitter suggested to use an empty paper towel tube or toilet paper tube. Open the yarn up and wrap it around the tube and it's ready to knit.
  3. And finally, our third knitter was successful wrapping her ruffle yarn around a book. If you hold the yarn on the smaller side, you can open it up easier because the thicker, more weighted side will open it up for you.
So, that's our Tipsy Tuesday Quick Knitting Tip of the Day. Join us next week for more knitting tips! 

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7 comments:

  1. Anonymous4/03/2012

    I have used a rolling pin to wrap the yarn, spread wide. If I set it in my knitting basket just right, it rolls as the yarn winds off of it. Works really well.

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    1. That is a great idea, too! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Anonymous7/01/2013

    I open mine up and wind it around a piece of cardboard about 5 or 6 inches by 10 or twelve and then just flip it over as I need it. works really well too. Gail from MN

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  3. Anonymous8/13/2013

    This is not a hint but a question. Why are my ruffled scarfs all different sizes even though I use the same amount of stitches, same size needles and the same yarn?
    I have 60", 93", 72" etc. I don't understand. Thanks.

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    1. Great question! It could be several different things. If you are using different types of ruffle yarn (or brands) that could be one reason. The other is that maybe on one scarf you knitted in every hole, while in others you skipped a hole or skipped two holes in between stitches. Skipping a stitch provides loopier ruffles, but a shorter scarf.
      The good news is that most of these yarns are very easy to rip out and knit again if you aren't happy with the length.

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  4. It's just a tiny bit tedious, but I've found that ironing the yarn first makes it open nicely and makes the ruffles perkier. Use a warm iron and just slide the yarn through it, then wind it flat on an empty spool or cardboard tube. Knitting is so much faster that it easily makes up for the time spent with the iron. Just don't let anybody see you doing it because they'll think you've gone 'round the bend.

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  5. It's just a tiny bit tedious, but I've found that ironing the yarn first makes it open nicely and makes the ruffles perkier. Use a warm iron and just slide the yarn through it, then wind it flat on an empty spool or cardboard tube. Knitting is so much faster that it easily makes up for the time spent with the iron. Just don't let anybody see you doing it because they'll think you've gone 'round the bend.

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