Pleated Knit Scarf

Happy New Year!  

I can’t believe we are in 2011.  Hope your weekend was lovely and cozy…….with yummy things to eat and no stress.

My husband and I made fresh salsa and fruity milkshakes………….and decided to watch more of the television series, Heroes, on Netflix (Watch Instantly……love that feature!).  And good grief, what a waste of space I am.   My droopy eyes couldn’t stay open past 10:30.  But I woke up to ring in the new year with him at 12:15, sadly realized I wasted a perfectly good milkshake because I fell asleep, but decided to munch on more chips and salsa and finish an episode with my husband until we finally called it quits at about 12:45.

All in all, a nice evening.

How about you?  Are you a wimp-o like me at night, when a movie is playing?

Did you enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend?

I sure hope so.
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Are you freezing?
Like, bundle yourself up with 12 layers and curse some choice words as your nose freezes right off your face, type of freezing?
Or, has the weather turned a little chilly, so you better pull that jacket out of the closet (“ooooh, I hope I can find it”) type of freezing?
I’m experiencing the sort-of-chilly type of winter weather right now in Georgia.  Nothing to complain about, really.  But I’ll complain later when it’s so hot and humid that I can’t find even a scrap of fabric dry enough to wipe the sweat from my eyes.  Remember?  We’re even! :)
But either way, freezing or just sort-of chilly……..we can all use a new scarf. Right?
I saw a similar one in Sears as we were walking through the mall one day…….but in a very fine wool.  Who can afford fine wool, anyway?? Ha. 

So how about about a cozy and soft little knit one?
Made with big loose pleats that really billow out as they hang.
Good ‘ol knit.  If it scares you, I promise you’ll love the stuff after you have given it a chance on a few projects.
And change up the wrapping technique a bit, to add even more warmth to your neck.
And a lot more fullness.
Just check out those yummy and plump pleats.
Now come on, who doesn’t need a new textured scarf during these chilly months?
Ready to make your own?

I purchased some jersey knit that was a little thin-ish.  If it’s too thick and bulky it won’t drape as much but will still work just fine.  And check out those sale bins at the fabric store.  I got this at Hancock several months ago for a couple of dollars a yard.
**The following measurements produced a scarf that ended up being about 67 inches long and 7 inches wide.
I cut two long pieces of the knit, both at 120 long x 7 inches wide.
To make the pieces one continual piece each, you would need to purchase at least 3.5 yards of knit.  But if you don’t need that much, buy half that much and just piece some long strips together, to achieve the 120 inches.  (Or make your scarf a little shorter, or make the pleats smaller, etc.  There are ways to get around having to buy so much fabric.  I just happened to have plenty of this stuff!)
Then lay one strip on top of the other and match up all of the edges. If you have a right/wrong side to the fabric, the bottom piece should have the right side facing down and the top piece should have the right side facing up.  (Trim unevenness if necessary.) 

**Keep in mind, you will now be making the pleats with both pieces of fabric together, as if they are one piece. So keep the two pieces lined up and pressed together………..and make the pleats as explained below.

To make my pleats, I started about 2 inches from the top and made a 1/2 inch pleat (which means I folded it over about a 1/2 inch) then skipped down about another 1 1/2 – 2 inches……then made another 1/2 inch pleat.  I continued making pleats all the way down the scarf, using a few pins per pleat.
I really didn’t measure or try to make this exact…………I just eyeball-ed what looked even and pinned each pleat in place.  Knit gives and stretches so don’t try and make it perfect………you’ll just go crazy!
And if you look closely, you’ll notice that the mini stripes in my fabric aren’t exactly even with each pleat.  This was a cheaper fabric and the lines were not even with the edges of the fabric.  So I didn’t worry about it because you can’t even notice on the finished scarf…… no biggee! :)
After the pleats are all pinned, sew around the entire edge of the scarf, about 3/4 of an inch from the edge.  Use a bigger stitch length if your fabric is stretching as you sew……as you don’t want it to pull.  (But if it does a little bit, it’s okay.)  Sew very slowly, keeping the pleats tucked under, and taking out the pins as you go.  Then make another seam inside of this first seam, about a 1/4 inch from the first seam…… about an inch from the edge of the scarf.
Then make one long seam right down the center of the scarf.  This will help keep the pleats more in place and give it a great look.
If necessary, trim any uneven edges and steam lightly with your iron if you’d like less poof and more defined pleats.  But because it’s knit, the pleats will still droop……even if you steam them.
And that’s it.
All ready for some cozy chilly weather.
Now wear that sweet little accessory with a smile on your face…….because you made it!!
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123 Responses to “Pleated Knit Scarf”
  1. 1
    Terri @ says:

    I am a scarf addict and this on is the best :)

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    Tara @ Tara Being Tara says:

    I LOVE this!! I saw one like this at JCREW for $55 over Christmas – and it was so cute and comfy I actually considered buying it. So glad I didn't!!!

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    Pemberley Court says:

    WOW! Way cute! I love this and am totally going to make one for ME!
    Love your blog!! :)

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    very merry vintage style says:

    Very pretty. I have seen similar scarves for $50+ this season. This is a great tutorial and it looks pretty simple. I love the weight of the fabric for spring.

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    Lynette @ My Craft Discovery says:

    Love it!

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    Heidi says:

    Awesome! How easy is that!!!

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    bethanndodd says:

    Adorable!!! I NEED one :) Thanks for the great tute!

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    Amy says:

    My goodness. Your stitches are so perfectly even. You have a serious talent, woman.

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    Alison says:

    OOooo – I love it so much! I can't wait to make one. Thanks.

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    Jenny! says:

    you are so sweet!!! LOve this…I hope to get this done before we hit the next season! :)

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    taidyeoriginal says:

    You did a beautiful job! Thanks for sharing :) tai@ taidye original

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    Svetlana says:

    What a wonderful scarf !!!!

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    Admitted Fabricaholic says:

    gorgeous and so simple!! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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    Suzie Bee says:

    It's very sweet but looks a little thin for me – I need to bundle up a lot more than that! That's why I buy wool shawls and wear them as scarves.

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    Inle says:

    Wow. What a short and simple tutorial! Almost makes me want to make one for those one or two days it's actually cold enough to wear a scarf in Texas.

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    Lisa says:

    Very pretty! I love the knit scarves because they're light and fun! Great texture on this one!

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    Rachel says:

    ooo – love it!

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    Panda says:

    I totally felll asleep at 11 and woke up just before 12 o bring in the new year and then fell back to sleep till it was time to leave the party at 4am. everyone was playing wii rockband.

    Um i LOVE that scarf!!!

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    The six of us! says:

    How lovely is this scarf!!!!! Thanks for the tutorial, and by the way where did you get that shirt? I LOVE IT! Your so crafty and stylish ( :

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    GaMtnScrap says:

    Oooh, I LOVE the scarf! I'll have to add this to my Want To Make List!

    As far as New Year's Eve goes, I'm a big lifeless wimp. I fell asleep watching the 10 PM news, then woke up around 12:45 and realized I'd missed the whole thing! So, I just went to bed! I swear, if I ever sit down on the couch, no matter what time it is, I'm a goner! :)

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    Zepequeña says:



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    damocamelia says:

    a great project to begin this new year!

    Thanks and a beautiful and cosy year to yourself and your beloved

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    Supermom says:

    WOW I love this!!!!! Now you make me wish I could sew. I rather enjoy everyone elses craftiness and my MIL's sewing machine collects dust on the highest shelf in our laundry room. *le sigh.

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    So-Sew Me says:

    Yay, heroes! My husband and I didn't start watching it until a few months ago. Love it and love netflix for having all the seasons.
    The scarf is great too. Perfect for our mild (crazy mild) Texas winters.

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    Simplicity says:

    Wow, amazing! Thanks for sharing your ideas! I am reading your blog from France (where it's freezing!) Happy New Year!

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    Minhas filhas,minha razão de viver says:


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    lorchick @ ON{thelaundry}LINE says:

    ha, it does not even out, we get up to +40 C with humidity and down to -40 C with holyshit,ican'tfeelmytoes. I'll take the scarf anyways. Or 15 of it ;) lol.
    (and no, I don't know why I live here, either. oh wait, there are no spiders bigger than my thumb, or tornados, or earthquakes. So, not all bad.)

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    laundryontheline says:

    I am so cold I could use that scarf right now (and I'm inside, which tells you how cold it is outside!) Now I just need to go find myself some nice knit fabric….

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    tomiannie says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I will be making one of these ASAP. Probably one for me and one for my sister's birthday, because I know she'd love it, too. Thanks so much!

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    SprigBlossoms says:

    Thanks for the nice tutorial! I have a thing for scarves…..will try it out for sure : )

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    Sharlee says:

    I'm so excited to try this with my new sewing machine. It looks like a project I can handle. Thanks.

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    Amy says:

    LOVE THIS!!! I am a scarf freak… must go buy some knit! Thank you!

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    Cyndy says:

    Amazingly awesome! So stinkin' cute! Love it!

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    Jenn Martin says:

    I love the scarf! But curious, what does the back look like? You did pleats to the front piece but wondering how the back was done?


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    Anonymous says:

    can i just say that you are so adorable?! i love how honest you are about not staying up on new year's eve. hehe! love your blog. i check it every day. thanks for sharing your talent with us! :0)

    jehling2 at gmail

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    Natalie says:

    I love your blog. You keep it up and constant and that is why I have passed a "Trendy Blog Award" onto you :) you can come by my blog and grad the link to the button if you'd like. I just wanted to say 'thanks' for all your tutorials and neat crafts/projects!

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    Delia says:

    I love this! It is so so pretty and not too complicated. Just my kind of project! :) Thank you for sharing it with us.

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    Heather says:

    I LOVE THIS!!!! :) Thanks so much!

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    Jenny says:

    LOVE it! I am putting this on my list of things to make. I can't wait to hit Joanns and check out the fabric. Thanks for sharing.

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    Cate says:

    I will be featuring this on Random Crafty Georgia Girl later today on Crafty Tuesday. Please stop by and grab a featured button.
    -Cate from Random Crafty Georgia Girl

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    S says:

    Very cute. However, I'd recommend everyone to just head to Kohl's or Target where you can get fun scarves like this on the clearance rack! Just a little shopping tip!

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    Laylabean says:

    Beautiful! I am SO making this.

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    Casey says:

    that is such a beautiful scarf!!

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    Amy says:

    Very pretty! I'm always looking for new fashion pieces to wear to work. This will be perfect!

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    Kelly says:

    As much as I want to be, I'm just not a scarf girl. I can't stand to have things around my neck! But this one is just so cute I may break my own rule. Or at least make a couple as gifts! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

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    Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says:

    I totally love this! It's added to my list!

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    Cheryl says:

    I love scarves! This one soooo cute! I'm totally going to make one. Or 5! ;)

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    JaDe Rain says:

    I started a Girls Night In. Crafts and God talk = Not a boring Bible study. This week is Tshirt scarves. I am so adding this to what I am teaching. It is awesome

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    Jen says:

    That is so neat! I am a new follower!

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    Jill says:

    Oh! My! Gosh!
    I totally Love this! …and I think it's actually something I Can make too. *jill = not so crafty* Woo-Hoo!
    Oh, and we didn't stay up on New Years either… O_o

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    Amy @ Positively Splendid says:

    The simple uniqueness of this is absolutely extraordinary! LOVE!

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    Jamie says:

    This is beautiful! I LOVE it.

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    Bonnie (BornInaZoo) says:

    My question was the same as ^Jenn Martin … but I think with your reply to her I can figure it out. I didn't realize you pleated the two pieces of fabric together.

    I'm gonna mess around with some scrap fabric to see if I can make it work because I <3 this scarf.

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    Jamie says:

    I just got home from work, saw this, and then made it right away! Thank you!

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    craftykat says:

    That looks SO cute, and even for someone who doesn't sew, that looks doable… I really want to make one! Thanks for a great tutorial :)

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    Chara Michele says:

    What a pretty scarf! I can definitely use more scarves this time of the year :) Thanks for the tutorial!

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    laura.kathryn says:

    This is so cute! And it looks simple to make, but the finished product looks really complicated. Its on my "to make" list for sure!

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    Pink Princess says:

    This is SO pretty. I love LOVE ruffly scarves (ruffly everything ♥)so might make one when I go to town to buy some fabric ♥

    Hugs from the Netherlands

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    Wendy says:

    I love scarves and this is beautiful, thanks for sharing!

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    Biz says:

    As if I needed something else on my list of things to make, I'm super inspired and planning my trip to hobby lobby soon to get fabric! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

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    sisters4saymoreismore says:

    genius! i am totally making this!


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    blog says:

    Neat-oh! What a wonderful creation. I love scarves. But even more so love the way you used texture to give this scarf an extra bit of pizzazz. What's more is that when all's said and done this rivals anything that the big manufacturers could make.

    Not to mention the fact that its an easy craft that I'd recommend to anyone who enjoys crafts whether they're a novice or beginner. Great work!

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    Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun says:

    shouted out to this scarf today (only cause it's too freaking adorable not to!)

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    Sandpiper says:

    Wow! I love this! I'm a little challenged in the sewing dept., but it looks really easy.

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    Theresa C. Eldridge says:

    I totally love this! How gorgeous! I am a new follower of you blog and cant wait to see more! I can not wait to make this, just gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    wiggalicious says:

    I love it!!!!!!! gotta make one!=0)

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    Kim says:

    adorable!! i've saved this to hopefully make after the long list of items I'm hoping to sew this winter!

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    Lau says:

    I love it ! Here ir summer now, but i will try to do one with a thin and soft fabric.
    Thanks for sharing !

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    Kaiya says:

    LOVE this! I want to make it right this very minute! :) thanks!

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    Anonymous says:


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    Jennifer says:

    That is just fan-freaking-tastic. Lovely work!

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    Laryssa Herbert says:

    Oh, this looks like fun!

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    Anestazia says:

    Hey there! I just wanted to let you know that I think your scarf is amazing and I decided to feature it on my blog tomorrow morning! Don't forget to swing by and check it out!

    Anestazia <3

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    Krista says:

    I just made one for my daughter, one for her American Girl, one for her cousin, and one for her cousin's AG. So fun! Now it's time for one for me! Thanks for a great tutorial!

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    Kim says:

    I made one and love it! Thanks so much! I wear it whenever I'm out!

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    Le says:

    It's really beautiful.Thanks so much!!

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    Amanda Reeder says:

    I made this today and it turned out great! I am even still a bit afraid of knits and it was easy! Can't wait to give it as a gift. Thank you for the tutorial!

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    Esther says:

    I made this and I DO love it! The only thing I didn't like was all the pinning (and pricking my fingers!! OUCH!!!) But I do tend to lean towards perfectionism and I kept repinning folds when I didn't like how they laid. I used a chocolate brown faux suede fabric (I think it was moleskin or something like it) It was less 'floppy' than knit fabric, not that I don't like the knit look, just didn't have any on hand. Thanks, Ashley for the great tutorial! Your instructions were very clear and understandable.

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    Suzi says:

    I have the same question as another person who commented. When you make the pleats you said to make them as a whole, what does the back look like? Is it in reverse?

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    Anitra says:

    I love this!!! I want to make one RIGHT now and my husband just informed me I need to finish a project I am in the middle of before I can make this :(

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    Michelle says:

    I LOVE this! I'm new to sewing but I think I'm gonna love making this…everyone in my family might get one for thier birthday (even if its 90+ outside)! I LOVE your site and it is now one of my daily reads! :)

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    Anonymous says:

    Just made this scarf…Loooooove!!!!!

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    Bonnie says:

    I just made this scarf for a friend today – SUCH a great tutorial, and it was a very easy project that I almost finished in my toddler's nap! I was sad to have to give it away, but glad that it made her so happy. :) And the knit was fun to sew with, it was my first time, and won't be the last!

    Your blog is one of my very favourites, thanks for all your great projects and tutorials, I have made so many of them! God bless!

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    Sherry says:

    Love this scarf so cool.. I want to make it today!!! thanks for the inspiration

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    Siam says:

    Oh, oh . . . I think I'm in trouble here. I've only read two of your projects and can't wait to make them both. This scarf is 'tres chic' and so simple to make. I'm going to feel good about going through my closet and thinning it out. So many things I didn't want to throw out and now I won't have to. I'll just turn them into something else. Once again, thank you!

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    Staci says:

    Can’t wait to try this! Wish it weren’t summer now. :)

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    jessie says:

    Wow..this is just wonderful! I just made one!! I shall blog about it and include a link back to your blog!! Here in NZ we rarely get fabric cheap as chips like you do overseas but I managed to get a metre of fabric for $8 and just cut strips of it…turned out just great. I also embellished the bottom edge of one end with some rolled flowers of same fabric…thankyou SO MUCH for sharing your ideas and talents with the world! So inspired!
    Oh but I ran out of pins halfway down so out came my wooden spring clothes pegs from my crafting supplies to ‘clamp’ the edge pleats and just pinned the centre…a bit unwieldy but did the trick!!
    blessings from NZ
    jessie x

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    Hi! I referenced your lovely scarf in my recent post:

    I hope you’ll check it out!

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    Rahaf says:

    Omg this is ADORABLE. Love love love! The ruffles and volume of the scarf thats made of such a simple base is amazing! Oh its these little things in life that make it great :) Thanks so much for sharing and keep them coming! Just out of curiosity, how’d you come up with this?

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    karomanah says:

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    Angela says:

    In the pictures of the scarf being worn, the pleats hang downward on both ends. But according to the tutorial all the pleats go in one direction, so when worn, one end would have pleats hanging down and the other end would have pleats hanging “up”… wouldn’t they? Wondering how you made it so that the pleats hang in the same direction on both ends. Does this make sense? Can you help me? I would so appreciate a response, because I want to make this, but don’t want to waste fabric doing it wrong. Thanks!


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      Hinke says:

      Hi Angela, this is exactly the same thing I was thinking about.
      Did you ever got an answer on your question.
      I know I am curious too !


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    Darla says:

    I recently found this tutorial and I have made 5 beautiful scarves using it. I love your tutorial! Thank you so much for taking the time to post it. I meant them for Christmas presents, but I’ll have to make more because I want to keep them! :)

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    Jocelyn says:

    Ashley, I LOVE this scarf! I was inspired when I saw it and managed to make it, even with a teething, screaming baby. Thanks for this easy tute! I also featured your tutorial on my blog.

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    Chris V says:

    I am totally running to the fabric store to make these for my nieces and daughters for Christmas!!! Plus one or five for myself… :o)

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    TalB says:

    I made it … but my knit was a heavier fabric and it turned our far to heavy. I am going to try in again with one layer and let you know how it turns out. Best advice would be for folks to find lighter knits — very light!

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    Kathy says:

    Thank you for this tutorial! Made one as a gift. I am very envy I can’t have it myself! You do great things!

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    katie says:

    We don’t have a fabric store in town but we do have a huge non profit thrift store! I knew there was no way I was going to find the right fabric but I did find a large grey Jersey Knit flat bedsheet (now if I mess it up I’m only out $1.49! and i’ll have more than enough to try again!) Thanks for the inspiration :)