Vertical Ruffled Summer Boa.

This is another of the new yarns which is fascinating to me, as you are effectively knitting with strips of netting.  This type of knitting is very easy to learn for the beginner but goes against everything the established knitter will have been taught in the past as it is the only type of knitting in which you split the yarn. 


 More details on this yarn......

This free knitting pattern is knitted entirely in garter stitch, creating the ruffled effect down both sides of the boa which is extremely decorative and very feminine.  These vertical ruffled boas are a stylish way to dress up summer outfit or when made with the metallic yarns perfect for that night out on the dance floor.
The vertical ruffled boa measures approximately 6cm x 180cm..  Total preparation time is probably about 8 - 12 hours depending on experience.



50g Cancan or Salsa Yarn
1 x 4mm Circular Knitting Needle


To make Boa:

Using 4mm circular needle pick up 100 stitches at approximately 1.5 cm intervals. There is no need to be precise about the gaps between the stitches when working with this yarn, as this will add a more natural look to the boa.
Work on these 100 stitches using about 5cm of yarn between stitches and continue until ball is completed, allowing sufficient yarn to cast off (this should be approximately 5 rows).

Cast Off. 

To make Up:
Trim the ends of the remaining yarn until they approximately 2 cm from the required length.  Fold in edges and hem the end of the yarn to prevent it unravelling.  Tuck the free ends into the ruffles of the boa, secure if necessary.

Hints & Tips:

Look at the patterning on the yarn before starting to knit.  Some of these yarns fade in and out of colours like other knitting wools whereas wools such as Sirdars Salsa wool have patterns across the length of the yarn.  When using yarns with patterns across the yarn, a decision needs to be made as to whether the scarf will be predominantly the one of these colours or contain both colours.  If both colours are preferred the yarn should be twisted every two rows and the opposite side knitted instead.

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