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Potato Chip Scarf

By: Barb Jansen from Ocean Waves Quilts

As the slogan for Pringles goes: once you pop you just can't stop. Similarly, you'll have a hard time making just one of these addictive Potato Chip Scarves. Follow the simple scarf knitting pattern to create a simple scarf that's ruffled and made entirely out of the garter stitch. Because it's so easy and mindless, next time you find yourself headed to the kitchen for some chips to eat while you watch t.v., try knitting this equally as enticing scarf instead. It's less calories and much more fun!


Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm, 10 or 6 mm, 11 or 8 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)


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This looks like a fairly easy pattern to make and something a bit different. I make scarves for charity and this pattern would be a welcome change. It should work up quickly. Thank you.

It would be nice to know how many stitches to cast on for this scarf.

According to the pattern you cast on 20 stitches.

I have enjoyed working this pattern. It is a no brainer project that turns out pretty.

When does it start loking like a ruffle

I can't seem to do it right. I keep knitting, not getting a ruffle, I just get a "dip" at the bottom and it keeps on going straight up. So I have to turn it a certain way? I sort of know how to knit, but am not an expert and I just don't understand this. Is it that way at the beginning and then starts to ruffle? how come I have these two dips at the bottom like two scallops just hanging down, but then the scarf just keeps going up straight. hope someone can understand this I don't know how to explain what I am getting thanks Cynthia

I am doing the same

This pattern uses what is known as short row shaping, it is difficult to see the design in the beginning, but as long as you keep repeating the 4 rows in order all will be well.

I prefer the potatoe chip scarf, because I like the feminine ruffles.

Love the ruffles. So cute and feminine.

It's feminine and flirty.

Like this. Very nice.

I love the soft ruffled look of this scarf. It is very feminine.

I've made two of these scarves, one on size 10 and the other on size 13. I really like the one done on the larger needles. the scarf is much softer and on as "tight". I will be making alot more of them as gifts!! Thanks for sharing the awesome pattern!!

I did one with 4-ply yarn with size 10, I agree it was tight. When I do another one I will use baby yarn or sports yarn with size 10 needles. I love the pattern, it is very forgiving if you loose your place. I'm a beginner.

I have been making this scarf for some time. I cast on 15 - 20 stitches and garter stitch until almost all of the 4 oz. skein is gone. I bind off (do not cut yarn) and use the excess with large kneedle and weave it down through the scarf. Then I gather it as much as I want and then tie it off. You can adjust the ruffles any way you want. Gather them all at the bottom and leave the back straight or whatever you chose. I've made them for Christmas and have several for myself. Very quick and easy. A beginner could do it.

this scarf is the baumb! made up quick and was a present!!

I love this scarf and I love the many verision of it I've found. My favorite is only 15 stitches wide and it's wonderful for worsted and bulky weight yarns. I used Dune by Trendsetter and it was gorgeous. It took 2 skeins but it turned out very nicely. My favorite: Two Crocheted Chips

I made this scarf for a friend of mine, just because... I made it really long (6+ feet, so it can be worn a few different ways. The one I made I knitted with red yarn. I love the way it turned out...I hope she does, too.

t a great pattern. Thanks a bunch for sharing...

Anyone know if there is a "crochet" version of this scarf?

I have three of these scarves going right now, one in buttercream, one while and one in fall colors. I love it

I have made many of these scarves, using #8 needles and Lion Brand Homespun yarn and they have come out beautifully. 2 skeins make a scarf about 6-7 feet long. Double the scarf, put around your neck and put the ends through the loop. It will then lie flat at your throat to keep you toasty warm!

Im kniting this scarf but it seems to large using worsted weight yard and sixe 8 needles it twist to much...

This is a great scarf. I think you need a smidge more than 200 yards, depending on yarn and needle size. I made one out of 180 yards of Dune, a mohair and acrylic blend, by Trendsetter on size 10.5 needles and it was a good length. All the others I've made were with worsted weight yarn and 220 yards are OK, but 240 is better. For the worsted scarves I used size 9 needles and I knit very loosely, so for many people, it would be the equivalent of using size 10 needles. i.e. you can get away with 200 yards but the more yarn you have the better the length.

I love this scarf, it's fun and fast to make. I use a slightly different version when I use worsted weight yarn, one with 15 stitches. That makes it even faster and more fun. You can find the free pattern on the Spins and Needles blog. For the complete low-down on variations of this scarf (lace and picot edges), do a search for "Handspun Gallery of Helix Scarves". There is a lot of eye candy in this article from Spin Off/Spinning Daily. Helix scarves shoud appeal to any young person and some old ones too and make fantastic presents for whatever the occasion.


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