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Crochet With Sashay


It seems to be a little known fact that you can, in fact, crochet with that ruffle yarn that is so popular these days. Personally, I’m not a fan of this kind of yarn. I find it to be a pain in the butt to work with as it tends to curl up on itself at the slightest provocation.

I did find it slightly easier to work with when crocheting than with knitting, though, so there’s a plus!

Here’s how to do it with Red Heart Sashay yarn using a 6mm hook (it’s pretty much the same method for all the yarns of this type… you just need to figure out where to put the hook)

First you need to spread the yarn out – you’ll see that it’s a net. There’s an edge that has some sparkle to it, that’s the bottom edge. You will be crocheting with the top edge only.

Along the top edge there is what people call “train tracks” – a series of holes that alternate between big and small.

We will be concerning ourselves only with the large holes. Ignore the small ones.

You don’t need a slip knot to start with this yarn, you just insert your hook and off you go. Now, when I start, I fold the end over a bit and work into both layers for about an inch or so. It’s not shown in this picture because, frankly, I took that picture and you couldn’t see what was going on. 🙂

To get the ruffle effect, you simply skip a large hole and go into the next:

That’s it. Every time your pattern has you “yarn over”, you skip a large hole and insert the hook into the next large hole.

Start with a base chain that is approximately the length of the scarf you want to make (up to 6′ long is a safe length for one ball)

Here’s what it looks like when you pull that second “large hole” loop through the first:
(chain made)

Here I am, grabbing the next spot, two large holes away:

When you have the length you want, turn and sc in each chain. Now, the chain is hard to see, both in this picture and in real life:

But do your best – only work into one loop of the chain. It’s too much of a pain to work it any other way, in my experience.

When you’ve sc across, turn and slip stitch back down again. And you’re done! Finish off by cutting the yarn and pulling the *whole* thing through the loop on your hook. Pull it snug, and then trim the end if you find it’s sticking out too much. The end should basically hide itself in the ruffles.

And here is the finished scarf!




  1. Thank YOU! I was so frustrated – as I don’t knit and when I bought some of this type of yarn that it didn’t include instructions for the crochet version.
    Thank you! Thank You!!! THANK YOU!

  2. OMG Thanks so much! Wal-Mart had some of this yarn on sale for black friday and i HAD to pick some up…been wanting to make a couple of scarves, but was at a loss on how to start. Wonderful pictures, by the way!

  3. You slip stitch back thru and pull the WHOLE scarf thru the hook? And you DONT have to sew it with needle and thread? AWESOME!!!!!!!!!
    Do you slip stitch thru the top, where it is kind of ridged?

    • I find the line of V’s that are the tops of the single crochet stitches and slip stitch through those. With regular yarn, this doesn’t make a huge difference, but with this yarn it does add more ruffles.

  4. After you’ve done the first row, then you turn it to do your single crochet, are you adding in yet another layer with the leftover yarn into the existing scarf? Thank you!

    • I’m not sure I understand the question… basically, ruffle yarn is just like regular yarn. You make a base chain, then you single crochet into it. The only thing that is really different is that you can’t really see what you’re doing. ^_-

  5. I found an easier way to do this…..use a latch hook instead of a crochet hook, start off the same way as crocheting, except you keep 9 loops on the hook, the ninth loop stays in the hook, flip the latch and pull it all the way thru the remaining loops, now put 9 more loops on the hook, keeping the ninth loop on the hook, flip the latch and pull it all the way thru the remaining loops, finish off the same way you do with the crochet instructions. good luck

  6. Thank you for a crochet pattern using this yarn!! I just have one guestion how do u sc in the chain?? There’s no yarn to pick up?? Confused fan!?!?

    • Remember – no matter what stitch pattern you’re doing, you replace every “yarn over” with “skip a hole and grab the next one”. So, for sc, you’d insert the hook in the next stitch, skip a hole in the “working yarn” and grab the next one, pull it through (2 loops on hook), skip a hole then grab the next one and pull it through the two loops.

    • I just went through two of the chains and then the third chain I pulled through the previous two. Don’t know if that is the right way but it worked.

  7. I really appreciate this!!

  8. I know how to crochet, but don’t know the terms all that well, so I just want to clarify. You chain the length, and not make a circle and crochet it that way? I picked up a pattern at a local craft store and the way mine it turning out, I’m doing something wrong. It’s really bunched up.

    • This method doesn’t involve working in the round. It’s just like if you were using regular yarn and you made a big long chain, and then turned and worked stitches into that chain (like, say, the first row of a blanket).

      As for yours bunching up… it’s possible you *are* doing it right… you might want to keep going for a bit and see how it turns out. This yarn ruffles bacically because the stitches make it bunch up.

  9. I would like a more fuller scarf . How do I do this

    • If you’re using the method described above, you could keep doing rows of sc until the scarf was the desired fullness. To add a new ball of ruffle yarn, overlap the ends for a few inches and be sure to insert your hook through both layers.

  10. Thanks for this great tute. I love sashay, but hate working with it. I started to knit a scarf and gave up. Hated it. However, crocheting it is ridiculously fast and easy, and I very grateful for your great pic tutorial. Also, the extra explanation about the sc is useful, because I couldn’t get my head around that either. I have saved your instructions and have referred my girlfriend to your tute – she had the same issues as me with this yarn, and has a couple of balls of sashay she didn’t know what to do with – now she knows.
    Thanks again xx

  11. Hi, I just started the sashay ruffled scarf. I got the chain stitch down, but when I tried to follow directions for the single crochet for this particular yarn, I’m not getting it. I can’t see how it’s done with this webbed yarn. Do you use the whole entire skein to to yarn over and pull through? Any advice you give would be greatly appreciated.

    • With the sc part it’s the same as when you were chaining – any time you would normally yarn over, you instead you skip the next large hole, and put your hook in the next one.

      So, for sc, you insert the hook in the desired chain, skip a large hole, put your hook in the next large hole and pull that strand through the chain. You’ll now have two loops on the hook. Now, skip the next large hole, and put your hook in the large hole after that, and pull that strand through both loops on your hook.

      • Thank you! I think I have it now, but there is still some confusion about when you’re finished with the chain part and then working the skein into the chain. Are you skipping the large hole of the skein that you’re working into the chain and also skipping the hole in the chain as you move along?
        I much appreciate your help!

  12. can you make hats from sashay yarn?

  13. This is by far the worst crocheting project I’ve ever tried. Bought 3 balls cuz its so pretty. All 3 are going in the trash!!!! I worked 3 hrs trying to work with this & got so frustrated I could scream! I’ve been crocheting & knitting for over 40yrs.

    • To be honest, I have always disliked working with this type of yarn. I made this tutorial because I was tired of people saying you can only knit with it. 😛

      I hope you haven’t thrown the yarn out, though! You could still use it, if you want to, just knit or crochet with it as if it’s one really thick strand of yarn – like you were working with a strip of fabric, but knitting or crocheting normally (albeit with a giant hook, or giant needles!).

      • Oh that’s a great suggestion! I tried to knit with it first & that’s why I looked on here for possible options… not in the trash yet, I’ve got two rows on for about the 4th try, lol. I have a hard admitting defeat!

      • Sorry, I just replied to Joni’s post instead of asking you a question.

  14. Just to clarify my previous commentI don’t mean the instructions, I mean tthe “yarn”. I keep losing my stitches.

    • Ok, you say a 6 foot chain is safe for 1 skein but I’ve done about 7 feet and there’s a lot of yarn left. Plus, if you do a row of sc won’t that make it a lot shorter?

      • I said 6 feet is safe because after the chain I did a row of sc and then some slst. If you just want the chain, you could go much, much longer.

        As for the row of sc, it won’t make the scarf shorter any more than the first row on a blanket makes the base chain smaller.

    • Oops. Sorry. That was supposed to be a question to Mio.

  15. I am trying to find out how to add it to a piece that is yarn crocheted. Such as a boot cuff.

    • Add it the way you would any other yarn, and whenever you need to “yarn over” you put the hook in a hole in the netting. The more holes you skip, the ruffle-y-er it will be.

  16. I am confused. How many chains do you make and then turn and sc through? Then do I turn again and then slip stitch through the scs made?

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