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What To Do With Red Heart Boutique Sashay Yarn

Updated on May 30, 2016

I was given three skeins of Red Heart Sashay yarn for Christmas, all in different colors. since I've never used this yarn before, I went online to find some recommended patterns. I quickly realized that unless I wanted to make something with ruffles, I'd have to get pretty creative.

Basic Information

Sashay yarn was designed to ruffle. Rather than knitting the entire strand, this wide, lacy yarn is meant to be knitted using only the top two strands (the bottom being the side with the metallic thread running through it). This leaves most of the yarn to ruffle as only one side of it is pulled together.

While it is categorized as a super bulky yarn, when knitted in the intended ruffle fashion, it becomes more of a lace yarn. Often there is no gauge for patterns using this yarn, so needle size isn't important. Knitters who have used this yarn recommend that US size 8 needles be the smallest size needles used.

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4 out of 5 stars from 9 ratings of Sashay Yarn

Ruffle Patterns

Most skeins of this yarn will include a free pattern for a knitted ruffle scarf. If you don't have any knitting needles handy, you can also make this scarf using your fingers. Reviews of this pattern say it's easy (once you get the hang of working with the yarn) and knits up in about 3 hours. This pattern only uses one skein of yarn, so if you have a bunch of different colors, like me, then this pattern will help.

If you have a child, you might rather make them something cute like a ruffle skirt. Here are free patterns for crochet and knitting. *Starbella yarn is very similar to Sashay yarn, just a different brand.* This pattern could be lengthened at the top to create a tube dress as well.

If you'd rather see your yarn displayed in your home, you can make this ruffle pillow. Depending on what color you choose it could definitely brighten your d├ęcor.

You could also make this ruffle bag for the days when you're feeling particularly daring. It makes a statement and could double as a cozy pillow on a long subway ride!

If you're looking for a really interesting shirt, try this pattern, I would recommend it for women who have smaller busts, so the ruffles don't give you extra weight.

For colder weather, you can make this shoulder cozy. It's easy to wear, and will really liven up your wardrobe.

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Non-Ruffle Patterns

If you're like me, the ruffle effect may not be your favorite. When I began my search, I was determined to find some patterns that couldn't be described as "looking like bath loofahs." I'm happy to say that I did find some really great ideas.

The first, and most popular, is the hand crocheted scarf. This is a very easy technique and you'll have a unique scarf within the span of your favorite tv show! The scarf looks like braided strands and is simple to wear.

You could also simply knit this yarn like a regular yarn. Use very large needles, as this yarn is super bulky. Here is a scarf pattern that is knit like normal yarn.

Another good pattern is the shawl. This does have a bit of a ruffly feel to it, but also shows off the laciness of the yarn. Here is another pattern that is a bit more ruffly. Some who have tried this pattern felt that it was a bit too small, but it could easily be made bigger by using another skein.

Based on the patterns above, I came up with an idea to sew or crochet the edges together, thereby making a fabric. I haven't had a chance to test this idea yet, but I'll definitely update when I do.

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Pattern Info

Amount of Sashay
Other yarns needed?
Ruffle scarf
1 skein
Ruffle skirt
1-2 skeins
Ruffle pillow
1 skein
Ruffle bag
1 skein
Ruffle tank
1-2 skeins
Shoulder wrap
1 skein
Braided scarf
1 skein
2-3 skeins
Regular knit scarf
1-2 skeins


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