How to Crochet With Ribbon Yarn

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 balls (approximately 3.5 oz.) Ribbon yarn

  • Crochet hook size P

  • Ruler or measuring tape

  • Scissors

Ribbon yarn is a novelty yarn where the fiber is a flat ribbon, approximately one quarter inch wide, rather than a twirled strand of fibers. A large crochet hook should be used when crocheting with this yarn to fully grasp the ribbon. Ribbon yarn is usually categorized as bulky weight and often combined with other yarns to add colorful details to a project. It also makes nice fringe on scarves and shawls because of its smooth drape and minimal fraying.


Crochet a Ribbon Yarn Scarf

Step 1

Try to forget that the ribbon yarn is flat and wide, and handle it as you would any other yarn.

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Step 2

Place a slip knot on your crochet hook and chain a number of stitches equal to approximately five and a half inches. See Resources if you need to review the crochet slip knot, chain or other basic stitches.


Step 3

Single crochet in the second chain from the hook and in each stitch across. Turn the work and chain 1.

Step 4

Repeat row three until the fabric is approximately 48 inches long. If you prefer a longer scarf, keep crocheting until it's the length you like. Fasten off.


Step 5

Measure and cut two 12-inch strips of ribbon yarn for each single crochet stitch you had in your first row in step 3. These will be the fringe for the ends of the scarf.

Step 6

Position the scarf so that the first row is closest to you with the body of the scarf flowing out away from you.


Step 7

Insert the hook from underneath through the first stitch on row one. Loop a piece of fringe over the hook, holding the ends of the fringe together so the strip of ribbon is folded evenly in half.

Step 8

Pull the fringe loop down through the stitch, then use your fingers to widen the loop and pull the two ends of the fringe over the edge of the scarf and through the loop to knot. Pull the ends of the fringe tightly to secure the knot around the stitch.

Step 9

Repeat steps 7 and 8 for every stitch on the first row and every stitch on the last row to complete the fringe.


For a fuzzier scarf, combine the ribbon yarn with a soft boucle or wool blend yarn. Hold the two strands together as you repeat the scarf pattern.


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