How To Knit An Easy Frill

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Frills and ruffles are a perfect way to make a simple knitted garment look really elegant and feminine.

Whether you are knitting gloves, mittens, a cardigan or even socks, adding a frill instead of, or underneath, a ribbed border gives a beautiful, eye catching effect.

Look at this pair of fingerless mittens. The frill border makes them really stand out. This particular pair are knit with a thick and thin yarn (The Wave by We Are Knitters), which adds to the frilled effect. Using a plain yarn would give an equally pretty frill.

You can find the free knitting pattern for these mittens by clicking here.

If you like the look of thick and thin wool, Etsy is a great place to find it. Click here to see what’s there at the moment.

How To Knit An Easy Frill

All you have to do to knit a super easy frill is cast on 4 times more stitches than you need for your project.

For example, if you need to cast on 50 stitches for the back of a cardigan, cast on 200 stitches. Then simply work stocking stitch for however many rows you want for the frill. The fingerless mitts in the photo above requires 4 rows of stocking stitch.

Work the required amount of stocking stitch and then end on a wrong side row. Then work the following simple decreases the get you ready to work your main garment.

Decrease row 1: (knit 2 together) across row

Decrease row 2: (purl 2 together) across row.

You will now have the required amount on your stitches on your needle ready to continue knitting.

A really easy way to make a knitted frill or ruffle border!

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2 thoughts on “How To Knit An Easy Frill

    1. Hmm maybe pick up the stitches and then increase into them with m1 or kfb. This would double the number of stitches so would make a subtle ruffle or frill. You could increase more for a more pronounced frill. And then knit a row or two and then cast off. You could alternatively knit a frill and then sew it on. You could even use some frilly scarf yarn to create a ruffle border – I think working this in with crochet might be easier than knitting it in though.


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