FO Friday: Pinky Pink Rose Ruffled Scarf

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I bought just two skeins of Cascade 220 in Heathered But Still Very Pink, and this was the perfect project.  I’ve worn it a lot and it attracts lots of compliments. It even looks good on my gap-tooth Julian.  (He said, “This picture isn’t for the INTERNET, is it??”  Shhhh, don’t tell.)

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Project: Pinky Pink Rose Ruffled Scarf

Pattern: Ruffled and Ruched Scarf

Designer: Pam Powers

Available: $7 on Ravelry

Yarn: Cascade Yarns 220 Heathers

Although the yarn has softened a bit with washing and wearing, it is still a touch scratchy for my taste — if I make this pattern again, I will definitely select softer yarn. I enjoyed the pattern (even if ruching makes for interminable knitting).  The rose is brilliant — usually I find crocheted flowers to be superior to knitted ones, but this rose is fantastic.  (See my “Tips and Tricks” post on how I made the rose pin for more details.)

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Tips and Tricks: Knitted Rose Pin

Recently, I finished a pretty pink scarf (see my FO Friday post on the Pinky Pink Rose Ruffled Scarf).  The pattern included directions for a very pretty knitted rose, along with directions to “Sew rose onto a round piece of felt using whipstitch and attach pin back or small stitch holder.”  There was a clear photo of the finished look of the back of the pin, but having never done this before … I was a tad intimidated.  I sought council with my friend Susie, who has made many (many!) beautiful jewelry pieces using beads, precious metal clay, et al.  She gave me some great advice, and I set out to Jo-Anns to see if I could find what I needed.

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Success!  At first I thought of using one of the stitch holders I found in the knitting section, but they were all too long for my rose.  In the jewelry-making area I found the perfect size of pin, and it even had loops (for charms) that I could use to secure it to the rose in a non-slip manner. I also bought some neutral-colored felt, and dug up some heavy-duty interfacing to help support the weight of the rose, and cut both into circles (felt slightly larger than interfacing).  Quilting thread and a sturdy needle round out my list of materials and tools.

First, I marked pencil lines on the interfacing where I wanted holes to admit the pin:

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Then, I cut the holes and threaded the pin through:

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I secured the pin to the rose with many messy loops of thread:

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Then, I hid the mess under the interfacing — poof!

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I tacked down the interfacing to further stabilize everything:

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Next, I cut holes in the felt, and threaded it onto the pin:

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I whip-stitched around the edge of the felt to hold it in place:

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Voila! A pretty rose pin!

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