Burlap-like Ruffle Garland

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crochet burlapp-like ruffle garland pattern

Hey Everyone!

I love the look of the burlap wreaths and garlands that you see everywhere these days. It’s so country! I’ve been meaning to try my hand at crafting with the burlap, but I just never got around to it.

One of the archways in my house, a rather large one that opens up to my staircase, was looking a little bare.  I dug through my gigantic yarn stash (anyone else have one of those?) and found a couple skeins of the Red Heart Warm Brown. It was remarkable how close this color came to matching burlap.

And it hit me!  A soft, flexible garland that looks like burlap! Fantastic!

I originally tried to make it the way that you would a real burlap garland by crocheting a long wide band. With needle and thread I began running the thread in a wavy pattern along the band. When I got to the end, I held the thread in one hand and compressed the yarn band onto itself, sliding it along the thread to try to make ruffles.

I’ll be brutally honest.  It looked like crap!

It was a bummer.

Maybe it was because the yarn is much thicker than burlap or because the crocheted material was not quite as flexible as I wanted it to be…I’m not really sure. But this is the nature of my pattern creations. Sometimes I will get an idea that seems awesome in theory, however when I begin to create a physical item, it flops.

Oh well. Instead of throwing in the towel though, I was determined to find a way for this idea to come to life. I ended up putting the project down and going to bed only to think about it for quite a while when I should have been sleeping.

It wasn’t until the next day when I came downstairs and saw my Holiday Garland hanging around the second archway in my living room that the answer finally came to me.  I didn’t want to make the exact same thing as the Holiday Garland, so the pattern is actually changed up a bit with different stitches and I believe this garland has better ruffles.

crochet burlap-like ruffle garland pattern

Initially I wanted the whole garland to be Warm Brown, but, as usual, that didn’t work out.  I ran out of yarn.  I was going to get more at the store in a few days until my husband saw me working on the Hope Hanging Tags.  He said, “Hey, That yarn is pretty cool.  I bet you could use that to finish your garland.”

At first I thought he was nuts. There was no way those two colors would look good together!

Yeah, I was wrong.

crochet burlap-like ruffle garland pattern

Now this archway is huge and I was going to need a seriously long garland to make it the whole way around and still have some decent length along the sides as well. I started chaining like crazy, not really knowing what the final number was going to be.  I stopped at 700 because, honestly, that just sounded absolutely ridiculous for a foundation chain. Once I was finished, I took some measurements and determined that 100 chains were approximately the equivalent of two feet of garland.

My new Burlap-like Ruffle Garland ended up being over 14 feet long!

That’s insane!

But don’t worry! You don’t have to make your garland that long if you don’t want to.  As long as you follow the 100 ch = 2 feet rule, you’ll be sure to have the perfect length garland for your needs.

I’m very happy with my new decoration. The final product actually turned out better than I initially imagined. It was a happy surprise!

burlap-like ruffle crochet garland pattern

There is so much you can do with these garlands.  Please don’t feel like they are only limited to lining an archway. You can lay one across the top of your kitchen cabinets with a strand of white Christmas lights! I love that idea! I might have to make another one.

You can change the colors and wrap it around a holiday tree, decorate a baby shower, wedding, anniversary party or a child’s room (out of reach of little ones of course!).

You are only limited by your imagination!

Burlap-like Ruffle Garland

Materials Used:

*  2 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver – Warm Brown – 7 oz / 198 g – 364 yds / 333 m
*  2 skeins of Red Heart – Buff Fleck – 5 oz / 141 g – 260 yds / 238 m
*  5.00mm (H/8) hook
*  Yarn needle

Finished Size Approximately:

170” (14′ 2”) (4.318 m)

Gauge:

Not important

Special Stitches:

Shell Stitch

{(dc, ch 1) 4 times, dc} all in same space

Abbreviations:

sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
ch – chain
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
st – stitch
FC – foundation chain

Notes:

Pattern is customizable. Approximately 100 chains is equal to 2 feet of length. Adjust your chains to your desired length.

* American crochet terms used throughout.

Instructions:

With Warm Brown

FC: Ch however many you want. For the 14′ garland that I made, I chained about 700.

Row 1: In 3rd chain from hook, hdc. 2 hdc in every chain except last one. In the last chain, 4 hdc. Working along the bottom loops of the FC, 2 hdc in every chain except the last one. In the last chain, 3 hdc. Sl st in top of first hdc of Row 1, ch 1.

Row 2: (Sc, ch 1) in every stitch the entire way around the garland. Sl st in first sc made of Row 2. Finish off.

Note: You can either weave in the end or crochet your Row 3 right over top of the tail.

With Buff Fleck

Row 3: Working only in ch-1 spaces, attach yarn and *sc; sk next ch-1 sp; shell st in next ch-1 sp; sk next ch-1 sp* Repeat from * to * around the garland. Sl st in first sc made of Row 3.

Finish off. Weave in end.

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Where would you hang a garland? Comment below!

burlap-like ruffle garland