Introduction: Adorable Ruffle Scarf Instructions (Patons Pirouette)

Picture of Adorable Ruffle Scarf Instructions (Patons Pirouette)

Have you ever seen someone knitting a beautiful garment and thought, "Oh, I MUST make that!"? That's what went through my head when I saw someone knitting a gorgeous ruffle scarf. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that it was so easy, a beginning knitter can do it.

The secret is the yarn itself. The yarn is Patons Pirouette, a ruffle yarn that is prepared in such a way that a simple knit stitch turns it into a scarf that turns heads and elicits compliments everywhere.

As soon as the Black Friday coupons came out, I scooted down to my local craft store and picked up a couple of skeins. I then went home to begin the project. To my dismay, I discovered the online instructions were lacking in clarity and left out some important steps. So today's project is to offer you a new, improved set of instructions to knit this lovely yarn into a pretty, warm scarf for winter.

Step 1: Materials and Supplies

Picture of Materials and Supplies
You will need:
  • One skein of Patons Pirouette yarn
  • A pair of Size 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles
That's it! Easy as pie.

Note: Two different colors of yarn are shown in the photos. The purple one is the scarf I made for myself; the blue one was made for this instructable and will be a gift for my mom's friend. If you look carefull\y, you'll see this yarn even has sparkly thread in it!

Step 2: Casting On

Picture of Casting On
Casting on is really simple.
  1. Find the end of the skein, and un-double the yarn. (The yarn is folded in half when it is rolled.)
  2. On the un-fuzzy side, you will see alternating spaces and knitted bits. You want to run your right-hand needle through five spaces, skipping the knitted bits in between. The first space your needle should enter should be without risk of unraveling, so skip your very first option if necessary.
  3. The needle should be inserted back-to-front through each of those spaces. (Photo 2.)
You will now have five stitches cast on.

Step 3: Knitting the Rows

Picture of Knitting the Rows
Now you just knit like you would do with normal yarn.
  1. Put needle with cast-on stitches in your left hand and bring the loose yarn around the back.
  2. Insert right hand needle through front of first stitch (the one to the far right, Photo 1), wrap the next open stitch around the needle (Photo 2), and pull it through the stitch with the right needle (Photo 3). You should now have one stitch on the right hand needle and four on the left (Photo 4).
  3. Continue until all stitches are knitted onto right needle.
  4. Put needle with stitches into your left hand and repeat from Step 1 until there are between five and ten open loops left on the yarn.
You will see the ruffles forming as you go. Depending on your knitting speed, the whole scarf can be finished in just a few hours.

Step 4: Casting Off

Picture of Casting Off
Now that you have just a few rows of yarn left, it's time to cast off the yarn. If you're experienced in casting off, just cast off like usual. For a step-by-step process, do the following:
  1. Knit two stitches as before until they are both on the right-hand needle (Photo 3-5).
  2. Bring the left-hand needle into the front of the stitch on the right side of the right-hand needle. Pull that stitch up and over the stitch to the left of it so it comes off the needle. It will form a loop around the needle and won't come undone (Photo 6).
  3. Continue doing the same with the remaining stitches until you have only one stitch remaining on the right-hand needle (Photo 8).
  4. Bring the end of the yarn through the last stitch and pull it tight (Photo 8).

Step 5: Finishing

Picture of Finishing

The Patons instructions don't say to end it off, which implies you can leave the ends loose. This is an option, but there is more of a risk of the scarf unraveling. You can stitch up the ends if you wish.

Now wear it around town and be ready for all the compliments people will shower upon you. It's a super easy and super cute way to stay warm! But if you want to impress people, don't give away how easy it was to make.

Enjoy, and please let me know if you end up making this pretty scarf for yourself. Also, if any of my steps need further explanation, please let me know so I can update these instructions.


Rubybaby (author)2012-12-31

Hi susanrm, thanks so much for your awesome instructions. I have never knitted! Can you shed a little more help on the basic knitting steps? Your scarves are beautiful!

susanrm (author)Rubybaby2016-01-16

Sorry to get to this so late!! I don't recommend this for your first project. Check out your local yarn store or knitting meetup to get face-to-face help and instructions with simple, easy yarn. :-)

sgiffie (author)2013-01-31

I have knitted three pirouette scarfs and love making them. First one: 39". Second one 50". Third one 39". 39" is too short. Why the difference? I used same needles, yarn, etc. exactly. Nothing different.

susanrm (author)sgiffie2016-01-16

I'm not sure. Maybe they changed the length of certain balls?

vi1947 (author)2013-10-14

A very easy pattern to follow. I was amazed and it turned out beautifully.

susanrm (author)vi19472016-01-16

I hope you enjoyed it!

ArleneS1 (author)2014-08-27

Wonderful instructions and illustrations!!!!! Sooooo much better than the YouTubes! I'm a rather good knitter but had no idea what to do with this pirouette. Patons instructions made no sense. THANK YOU !

susanrm (author)ArleneS12016-01-16

I'm so glad it helped!

annie.j.schuster (author)2014-10-14

Thank you. Your instructions are so easy to follow even for a very beginner knitter like me!

susanrm (author)annie.j.schuster2016-01-16

That's great to hear!

PatriciaL36 (author)2015-10-31

I just want to see a picture of the scarf. Don't want to pay to download something when I don't know what it looks like.

susanrm (author)PatriciaL362016-01-16

You should be able to see the steps without paying, just not all on one page.

debi.chamberlain (author)2014-12-22

How do you get scarf to be twisty and ruffle. Half of scarf is kinda like cones on top of each other and not twisty

susanrm (author)debi.chamberlain2016-01-16

If you knit it consistently through the same part of the yarn, you should be able to pull it into a ruffle that goes in a spiral.

dreamofhorses24 made it! (author)2016-01-16

I just made this one today.

susanrm (author)dreamofhorses242016-01-16

Beautiful. I love the colors.

suumessage (author)2012-07-30

I think I've gotten the hang of knitting with this yarn, but i seem to be using up yarn awfully fast; it doesn't look as if my finished scarf will be very short. Any suggestions?

susanrm (author)suumessage2012-12-08

Sorry to respond so late. How long did it turn out? Mine were long enough with just the one skein, but only if I knitted five stitches across. A wider scarf needs more skeins.

Grandma80026 (author)2012-10-30


susanrm (author)Grandma800262012-12-08

I'm really sorry, I've never tried this! If you figure it out, let us know. I may try it with the next ruffle scarf I knit and let you know.

jazcohen (author)2012-12-07

I have loved your instructions and passed them on to many people. Thank you so much for the pictures and instructions. I have them in my bookmarks so I can refer easily to them when needed and I'm having so much fun making these scarves and watching the colors and scarf grow.
Sharon Cohen
p.s. one knit shop told me this fad was over. I hope not I'm just beginning.

susanrm (author)jazcohen2012-12-08

Oh, I'm sooo glad! I don't think the fad is over... the yarn is still quite popular. Enjoy! I just lost my favorite one and will be knitting one to replace it soon.

cairparavel (author)2012-07-04

I love these but I am a Crocheter. I can Knit I just cont like to as much, so I found an easy pattern to crochet these scarfs. I am going to have so much fun with them this winter!!

sparker59 (author)cairparavel2012-09-22

i also am an avid crocheter. Did i read ur post right that u have a crochet pattern to make the ruffled scarf from the patins pioruette yarn? if this is true i am willing to pay u if need b. I bought several skeins of this beautiful yarn n so want to make these lovely scarfs . I have arthritis in my hands n trying to knit using this yarn is painful so i hope u do have a pattern. thankyou sparker59

susanrm (author)sparker592012-10-07

Super easy - with a little searching, I found this video tutorial:

Have fun!

earthlings (author)2012-03-02

Your version indicates knitting in every of the five cast on's while Paton's says to knit in every other cast on???? It may not make a difference, but I'll let you know after making my first scarf.

susanrm (author)earthlings2012-03-12

I think you misread what I wrote. You are supposed to run your needle through every one of the bigger loops, then knit in cycles of five - not skipping any. Does that make sense? See the photos in Step 3.

The Patons instructions show what I wrote, but they didn't illustrate or write it very well, which is why I clarified. How did yours turn out?

PurpleSkull (author)2012-02-03

Great Instructable ^_^ I made a green scarf for my Mum. Modelled here by my daughter, Leigh.

susanrm (author)PurpleSkull2012-02-03

That is gorgeous!! Love it, and thanks for posting a pic.

I'm about to start knitting a different ruffle yarn, which is more complex but results in a softer scarf. Just have to get the right needles.

sunshiine (author)2011-12-12

So cute susan! I might try this in-between weekly challenges. I have always wanted to learn how to do this but never learned. Maybe when I get older and am not as active. I find it hard to sit still. I am thinking of using the yard for another purpose. Thanks for sharing!

susanrm (author)sunshiine2011-12-12

Great, Sunshiine. I wouldn't recommend this yarn for the very first time knitting, as it can be easy to get lost in the ruffles to find the next opening - but maybe a second project. I learned how to knit from instructions in Real Simple magazine after 9/11. It's surprisingly easy. I'm sure you'll be able to do it. And it's a great way to stay in motion while sitting still.

sunshiine (author)susanrm2011-12-12

I can cast on and make a simple stitch but that is all. Directions loose me from there usually.

susanrm (author)sunshiine2011-12-12

You might do well to find a "knitting mama" to help you on your way. Once you know knit stitch, that's all you really need.

We have an active knitting meetup group (well, it was on, now it's on Facebook) here, and there are several others in the area. Any one of the members is happy to help others learn. Perhaps you could search in your area for something like this?

sunshiine (author)susanrm2011-12-12

Thanks susan! I have a quilting buddy that knows how but we spend all of our time together quilting. She has a quilting machine. I am trying to learn how to use it because she is much older than I am and it won't be long when she can't do this. She can be a sideline helper though. When we move I might join a group just to meet people.

Very Interesting (author)2011-12-12

Very nice!

susanrm (author)Very Interesting2011-12-12

Thank you much!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2011-12-11

That is so adorable! I love the purple one!

susanrm (author)Penolopy Bulnick2011-12-12

Thank you, Penelopy!

About This Instructable




Bio: Teacher, tutor, trainer, author, and creative person; if I can do it or make it myself, I will! Jewelry & websites at ... More »
More by susanrm:Learn Beadweaving (Brickstitch) With a Beaded Earring TutorialMath: Doubles Plus Fun TimeMath and Logic Teaching
Add instructable to: