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How to Crochet Ruffles

How to Crochet Ruffles Tutorial
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If you had asked me 15 years ago (when I first learned to crochet) if it was possible to crochet ruffles, I would have said no way.

I mean, seriously, how on earth would you do that?

Then guess what?

I learned that not only can ruffles be crocheted, but there are actually multiple types of crochet ruffles!

Today I am going to share with you my favorite style of crocheted ruffles.

I like to call them “tutu style”, but I’ve also seen them called “layered ruffles”.

The first time I ever crochet them was on a little doggy dress I made for my fur baby Vanessa.

And thus, Nessa’s Ruffle Butt Dog Sweater was born!

Crochet Dog Sweater with Ruffles

Since I am primarily a crochet garment designer, I use them as sleeve or skirt edgings and on dog sweaters (obviously! 😂), but you can use them to line blankets, pillows and even bags as well.

It is a fun and frilly way to dress up any crochet project!

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How to Crochet Ruffles

Crochet Ruffles Tutorial

All the glorious details.

Materials:

  • Medium 4 worsted weight yarn

I do recommend using medium 4 weight yarn when testing out this tutorial, but you absolutely can choose thicker or thinner yarns.

For this tutorial I am using Red Heart Super Saver, medium 4 worsted weight yarn, in colors White and Turqua .

  • J/10 6.0mm hook

Please use whatever hook size that is appropriate for your chosen yarn and yarn weight.

Abbreviations:

Chain stitch (ch/s)

Slip stitch (slp-st)

Double crochet (dc)

Additional Notes:

  • This tutorial requires a “base” piece of crochet fabric. This base piece must be in double crochet (dc).
  • You will be working around the double crochets (dc) on the fabric piece and around the upper and lower bars found between two double crochets (dc) as indicated in the image below.
How to Crochet Ruffles_upper and lower bars
  • One row of ruffles will cover two rows of double crochets on the fabric piece.
  • To make multiple layers of ruffles, skip one row of double crochets on the fabric piece between each row of ruffles.
  • As you work the ruffles, you will be moving in a serpentine or “S” (horizontal) pattern across the fabric piece.

How to Crochet Ruffles
  • You can make large almost block-type ruffles by chaining 1 at the start of each ruffle section or smaller more rounded type ruffles by skipping the chain 1 at the beginning of each ruffle section. See ruffle instructions and the Completed Row of Ruffles image below.

Base Fabric Piece:

To make the “base” fabric piece for the purposes of this tutorial:

Ch 25 + 3

Row 1: Dc in the 4th ch from the hook (counts as a dc), dc in each ch across. (25)

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as a dc), turn work, dc in each st across. (25)

Rows 3 – 10: Repeat row 2. (25)

Bind off

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Tutorial Instructions:

Step 1. Attach the new yarn using a slp-st to the first dc on the fabric piece of the working row.

Step 1_Attach yarn

Step 2. Work 3 dc around that first dc where you attached the yarn.

Step 2_3dc

Step 3. Ch 1 for large ruffles (do not ch 1 for smaller ruffles).  Then moving to the left, work 5 dc around the next dc.

Step 4. Ch 1 for large ruffles (do not ch 1 for smaller ruffles).  Skip the next double crochet (dc) on the fabric piece.  Find the little bar of yarn between the two double crochet stitches of the lower row (the row below where you are working) on the fabric piece and work 3 dc around that little bar.

Step 5. Ch 1 for large ruffles (do not ch 1 for smaller ruffles). Skip the next double crochet (dc) of the fabric piece. Work 5 dc around the next double crochet (dc) of the fabric piece.

Step 6. Ch 1 for large ruffles (do not ch 1 for smaller ruffles).  Find the little bar of yarn between the two double crochet stitches of the upper row (the row above where you are working) on the fabric piece and work 3 dc around that little bar.

Step 7. Ch 1 for large ruffles (do not ch 1 for smaller ruffles).  Skip the next double crochet (dc) of the back piece. Work 5 dc around the next double crochet (dc) of the fabric piece.

Step 8. Repeat steps 4-7, moving left until you are completely across the entire fabric piece – ending with a 5 dc on the second to the last dc on the fabric piece.  

Remember: Image below shows the ch 1, but you only ch 1 for large ruffles not for smaller ruffles.

Step 9. Ch 1 for large ruffles (do not ch 1 for smaller ruffles). Work 5 dc around the final dc on the fabric piece. Slp-st to the top of the final dc to close.

How to Crochet Ruffles
Completed Row of Ruffles

Bind Off.

~  You have completed one row of ruffles.

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