How to Crochet a Ruffle Edge or Ruffle Sleeve on Garments

Blossom Lady
Jun 03, 2024 01:58 PM
How to Crochet a Ruffle Edge or Ruffle Sleeve on Garments

Crocheting a ruffle is so much easier than it looks! Most of the time crocheters are trying to get their work to lay flat. But when you want to crochet ruffles, how do you do it?

To crochet a ruffle, simply add more stitches. It’s really that easy.

Learn more about it in this tutorial.


  • You'll need your finished projects: a blanket, shawl or wrap, or completed garment ready for sleeves.
  • Yarn in your chosen color and weight. In this tutorial, all these ruffles use a #4 yarn weight.


  • Crochet hook to match your yarn or pattern.
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • Measuring tape


  • ch(s) - chain(s)
  • dc - double crochet
  • esc – extended single crochet
  • st(s) - stitch(es)
  • rep - repeat
  • sc- single crochet


Ruffle Edge Border on Blanket or Rectangle Wrap

1. Worked in the round. Start with a slip knot on your hook.

2. On RS join with sl st to any corner.

3. Rnd 1. Ch 1, SC evenly around all 4 edges. Place 3 sc in each corner. Check my tutorial for tips on working into the sides of rows. Join with a sl st to first sc. Continue working in the same direction for the next row.

4. Rnd 2. Ch 3, dc in same sc, dc in next sc, *{2 dc in next stitch, dc in next st} rep from * around, join with a sl st to top of ch 3. Since we are adding ruffles we don't need to do anything special to the corner stitches.

5. Rnd 3. Ch 3, dc in same, dc in each of next two sts, *{2 dc in next st, dc in the next st, dc in next st} repeat from * around, sl st to top of the ch 3. Counting tip: You're placing your increases one stitch later than the previous row.

6. Cut yarn and Weave in ends.

For Ruffle Sleeves

1. Work on the RS of your crochet top.

2. Make 2

3. Join and turn each round.

4. Rnd 1. Join with sl st to bottom of armhole. Place 2 esc in the side of each row around the armhole. Join with sl st to first st of rnd, and turn.

5. Rnd 2. Ch 1, *{2 esc, 1 esc in next st} rep from * around, join with sl st and turn. This is the row where the ruffling will happen.

6. Rnd 3. Ch 1, esc in each st around, sl st to first st to join, turn.

7. Rep Rnd 3 for 2-4 rows or to your desired length.

8. Cut yarn + weave in ends.

9. Rep for other sleeve.

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