Crochet ruffles are both cute and versatile: You can use them to add a border to your blankets for a flowing, feminine feel, or you can use them as surface crochet to create a cute, cheeky accent. Today, I'll show you how to create two different types of crochet ruffles and share three fun patterns that use crochet ruffles.
U.S. terminology used
- Ch – chain
- Dc – double crochet
- Sc – single crochet
- Sl st – slip stitch
- St/sts – stitch / stitches
- * – Repeat the instructions between asterisks the amount of times specified
Before you start
You can either add your ruffles around the outside of your project (like adding a ruffled border to a blanket or gloves), or you can add it as surface detail (on a blanket or diaper cover, for instance). Before you can add the ruffles, you will need to prepare your work.
Ruffles as a border
If you are going to add a ruffled border, you will need to create a "base round" by making a sc round around your whole project. If you are working in the round, you can simply make a sc into each st around. If you are working around a blanket, you will need to remember to create corners by making sc, ch 2, sc in each corner.
Ruffles as surface detail
If you want to add surface ruffles to an existing pattern that doesn't include ruffles, you will need to work into the back loop only so that you can add your ruffles to the unworked front loops.
Crochet ruffle edge tutorials
Once you have decided where and how you want to add the ruffles, you will need to decide which type of ruffles you want. Below you will find instructions for a simple one-round ruffle (suitable for diaper covers, gloves, boot cuffs and sweaters and more), and a more complex blanket ruffle edge (best for blanket borders).
One-round ruffle edge
This will give you a dainty, simple, compact ruffle edge.
Once you have prepared your work, create your ruffle edge by making 4 dcs in every single stitch around, starting with a ch-3 as your first dc, and ending with the invisible join.
Blanket ruffle edge instructions
This technique will give you a solid, wider ruffle edge, best suited for blankets.
*(Sc, ch 2, sc) in any corner st/space around. Sc in each stitch across.* Repeat from * to * three more times. Join to the first sc with a sl st.
Sl st into the ch-2 corner space. Ch 1. *(Sc, ch 2, sc) in the same ch-2 corner space. Make 2 scs in each st across.* Repeat from * to * three more times. Join to the first sc with a sl st. This will make your edge curl, which is OK.
Sl st into the ch-2 corner space. Ch 3 (counts as first dc). (Dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the same ch-2 corner space. This is your first corner made. *Dc in each st across. (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the next ch-2 corner space.* Repeat from * to * three more times, omitting the last corner on the last repeat. Join to the top of the beginning ch-3 with a sl st. Your work will look more buckled than ruffled at this point. That is OK.
Sl st into the next st and into the ch-2 corner space. Ch 3 (counts as first dc). (Dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the same ch-2 corner space. This is your first corner made. *Make 2 dcs in each st across. (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the next ch-2 corner space.* Repeat from * to * three more times, omitting the last corner on the last repeat. Join to the top of the beginning ch-3 with a sl st. Fasten off and work away your tails of yarn.
Three fun ruffle patterns to try
Photo via Craftsy member Sunset Crochet
1. Layers of Ruffle Cloche and Diaper Cover
The Ruffle Cloche and Diaper Cover are quick and easy to make, and the ruffled texture makes them different from your average crochet baby items. They would make a perfect photo prop or gift!
Photo via Craftsy member Felted Button
2. Ombré Ruffle Blanket
This blanket is flowy, feminine and fun! It can be made in any colors, making it a wonderful choice for a personalized gift.
Photo via Craftsy member Black Iris
3. Double Ruffle Wrist Warmers
These wrist warmers are elegant and fun. You can make them in a single color, or you can use a color-change yarn that suits your personality.
And if ruffles aren't your thing, there are countless crochet border options. You can find five wonderful patterns in this free downloadable guide. For even more ideas, you can join Edie Eckman for a her in-depth Craftsy video class.