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A modern knit ruff pattern for a modern knitter – Rainbow Ruffle Cowl

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Want a modern knit ruff? Well, the Rainbow Ruff Cowl is my fun little mix of a Elizabethan ruff and my knit Jacob’s ladder patterns. Plus it’s rainbow, so it’s even better! This pattern starts with a long garter stitch rectangle that’s seamed together. Next stitches are dropped and looped in bunches to gather the cowl.

At the end of this pattern is a chance to win a giveaway of the yarn needed for this pattern. Giveaway ends January 1st, 2020.

Rainbow Ruffle Cowl - modern knit ruff pattern by Jessie At Home
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The yarn for this design was provided by Red Heart Yarns. All opinions are my own.

Rainbow Ruff Cowl

Modern Knit Ruff Pattern
Intermediate Skill Level
Designed by Jessie Rayot

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26″ around, 10″ tall

Red Heart Roll With It Sparkle: (97% Acrylic, 3% Other Fibers), Size 4 (Worsted Weight), 150 g / 561 yds
Magic 9275: 1 skein

US – 8, 5.0 mm

Gauge: Learn about gauge HERE
20 sts x 18 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Garter Stitch

Other supplies:
Yarn needle
3 buttons, 1-1.5″ each
3 safety pins
Sewing thread to match buttons
Sewing needle

Stitches and Abbreviations:
co – cast on
k – knit
st(s) – stitch(es)
yo – yarn over

Getting Started:
Round counts are at the end of each row after the period, if the count has changed from the previous row. – {count here}
Find a tutorial for the Long Tail Cast On HERE.
Find a tutorial for the Provisional Cast On HERE.
If you do not want a seam in the final cowl, use a provisional cast on instead of the long tail cast on, and then graft the cowl together instead of binding off and seaming.


Use the long tail cast on and CO 50.

Row 1: Slip first st purl wise, k to end.
Repeat Row 1 to the end of skein, leaving at least 3 yards unworked.
Piece will measure around 66″ long and 10″ wide.


Row 1: Slip first st purl wise, k9, [drop 3 sts, yo 3, k10] 3 times.
Bind off all stitches.

Pull the dropped stitches so they drop all the way through the cast on.

Seam the cast on and bind off together taking care not to twist.

Here is a video to aid in the finishing of the cowl – it’s actually from a different pattern with a different number of strands, but the technique is the same.

Take 12 strands from the dropped sts, hold them together, and twist them half a turn to make a loop, * grab the next 12 strands together and pull them through the loop (do not twist), repeat from * until all the dropped strands have been turned into a chain. This can be done with your fingers, or with a large crochet hook. You may have to fudge the number of strands in the last loop. Put the strands of the last loop onto a safety pin.


Repeat this technique with remaining 2 sets of dropped stitches, staggering the starts.

Sew down the last loop and sew a button on top.

Wear or give and enjoy!

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Now how about entering to win a skein of Red Heart Roll With It Sparkle in your color choice?! Enter below.

To enter the Red Heart Roll With It Sparkle Giveaway you must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid shipping address in the USA or Canada. The giveaway ends at the end of day eastern time on January 2nd, 2020. Winner will be contacted by email and will have one week to reply with a valid shipping address or a new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited. Any personal data collected on this entry form will be used solely for the purposes of administering this giveaway.

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2 thoughts on “A modern knit ruff pattern for a modern knitter – Rainbow Ruffle Cowl”

  1. Has anyone made this using the pattern shown here? The sides on mine don’t ruffle as shown in the picture above. Any ideas or suggestions as to why? Even the video for how to do the braiding shows the sides laying flat. I’ve tried using several different yarns, but none give the ruffle. I’m about to throw in the towel. Very disappointing!

    • Are you using the correct number of strands in your looping? The video just shows the technique, the number of strands used in this pattern is more then in the video. If yours isn’t ruffling enough, use more strands in each loop and it will pull more.


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