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A “Ruffles as You Go” Technique

Alas, we’ve arrived to show you yet another nifty crochet technique that simplifies the process, can be done with basic stitches and still produces impressive results.

“Ruffle as you Go” is a way of eliminating the fastidious fasten off and weaving in every row of ruffles. This piece was designed by my mom Rachel Azulay, and I have yet to see a pattern that uses her way of making layered ruffles. If you have, let us know.

I grew up with mom crocheting these ruffles on all sort of home decor edgings using this technique, but when she made this Victorian Age-Inspired Cowl, I nearly fainted. How pretty and classy looking this is! I come from great designing DNA, don’t you think?

Let’s Go Over the Pattern Notes…

  1. In most layered ruffle patterns, you first need to crochet a flat piece to serve as base for the ruffles, and crochet the ruffles row by row on top of this base. The traditional technique requires fastening off each row of ruffles, which at the end of the project will produce too many ends to weave. The novelty of the “Ruffles as you Go” technique is that it solves the issue of multiple fasten off completely! You will work the ruffles all along without extra finishing work (endless weaving ends!). You’ll first crochet a foundation row of a crochet mesh (dc, ch 2, dc) on the row before the last row worked (see further notes throughout pattern) and follow it by ruffles made on the dc of the mesh throughout.
  2. You will use two size hooks. The smaller size G (4.00 mm) it’s used on the ribbed neck section and the size US H (5.00 mm) is use for the remaining ruffled section.
  3. This pattern can be easily customized to become a longer ruffled capelet. Instructions on customization are given in pattern.
  4. In Photo tutorial yarn weight, color and hook were changed for better visualization of technique on photos

3 skeins of Bonita Yarns Merino Dream in Sunset Shades (Sport weight, 328 yards/ 300 m; 50% merino wool, 50% acrylic). You can purchase this yarn in several self-striping colors at my yarn shop:

In celebration of my “20th Anniversary of Arrival in the U.S.” I am extending the Black Friday deals of up to 30% off on the Merino Dream Collection (used on this Cowl and on the Crocodile Stitch Khaleesi Fingerless Gloves one until Tuesday, November 28, 2017. No Coupon Needed.

Tools & Notions

Size G crochet hook (4.00 mm)

Size H crochet hook (5.00 mm)

1 size 2” (50 mm) button or Brooch or shawl pin for closure (see notes)


Yarn needle


With G (4.00 mm) crochet hook in ribbed sc pattern: 9 sts and 10 rows = 2″


Beginning (beg)

Chain (ch)

Double Crochet (dc)

Repeat (rep)

Right Side (RS)

Single Crochet (sc)

Slip Stitch (sl st)

Space (sp)

Stitch (st)

Wrong Side (WS)

Yarn Over (yo)

Special Technique Used:

Crocheting One Row or Round Before Last – Just like its description, this technique requires that you crochet, where indicated, one row or round before the last row or round you crocheted. This can also be described as “crochet one row down”.

Model: Rocio Oseguera

Directions for Ribbed Neck Section

With crochet hook size G (4.00 mm), Ch 23

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and sc in each st across; turn – (22 sc).

NOTE: From Rows 2 through 112, work in the back loops only. Make sure to not miss sc in last st.

Row 2 – Row 104: Ch 1 (does not count as sc here and throughout), sc in each st across; turn – (22 sc).

NOTE: Next row 105 is where we crochet a button hole for a large, 2 in (50 mm) button. However, you may also use as brooch or a shawl pin as closure for this cowl instead of a button. In this case, just repeat Row 2 (in BLO, sc in each st across) to Row Row 112.

Row 105 (button hole): Ch 1, sc in next 8 scs, ch 6, sc in next 8 sc; turn – (16 sc + 6 ch).

Row 106 – Row 112: Ch 1, sc in each st across; turn – (22 sc).

With crochet hook size H (5.00 mm) – Use size H from here to end of project:

Rnd 113: Working in round, Ch 1 (does not count as sc), sc evenly around entire ribbed neck section, join with sl st on top of first sc – (268 sc)

Single Crocheting Evenly Around Ribbed Section

NOTE: When making the SCs around the ribbed neck section, make sure they are evenly spaced by crocheting them at: the end rows (right and left sides), the bottom sts (first row) and top sts (last row). The even distribution of the SCs around the neck will be as follows:

Rnd 113: 112 sc (left side end rows) + 22 sc (bottom sts) + 112 sc (right side end rows) + 22 sc (top sts) = 268 sc around neck section.

Rnd 114 (Ruffle Round): Ch 3 (count as dc), 4 dc in first sc, * ch 2, skip next sc, 5 dc in next sc, rep from * around to last sc, ch 2, join with sl st on top of first dc; – (670 dc, 134 ch-2 sp).

TIP: Work ruffles loosely. If you tend to crochet tight, go up a hook.

Ruffled Section: From Row 115 through end of project we work in Rows

NOTE: In next Row 115 you’ll crochet a foundation mesh row crocheting the instructions “one round before last”, This means you’ll crochet Row 115 in indicated stitches of Rnd 113 (the round before last: 114, or one round down). In picture below, stitches in yellow are Rnd 113.


Row 115 (Mesh Row): Turn, so Wrong Size (WS) of work is facing you, dc to first sc one round before last (wider edge of ribbed section), ch 2, dc in next sc one row before last (this is Rnd 114 or the rnd of sc), * ch 2, skip next sc one row before last, dc in next sc one round before last, rep from * across; turn- (56 dc, 55 ch-2 sp).

TIP: When crocheting the odd number rows 115, 117, 119, etc. (rows of mesh), fold ruffles rows down, so you can easily see the stiches from row before last.

Row 116 (Ruffle Row): Ch 3 (count as dc), 4 dc in first dc, * ch 2, skip next ch-2 sp, 5 dc in next dc, rep from * across; – (280 dc, 110 ch-2 sp).


On Monday, December 4, 2017 we will post part two of the Ruffled Victorian Cowl pattern and give you tips on how to customized it into a longer capelet.

Keep tuned with our other CALs parts and news being published! Today we are posting Part One of the Crocodile Stitch Khaleesi Fingerless Gloves and my personal pride and joy: my “First Mystery Shawl CAL” Supplies List is posted HERE. Last week we posted part one of the Crocodile Stitch Convertible Mittens and project pictures are already popping on our FB Group.

If you have any questions, the best way to get help in a jiffy is joining our Bonita Patterns CALs on Facebook HERE.

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