I’m never sure if those words are compliment or not, but they can definitely describe the chair ties/sashes I made.
I came across this sashay yarn (Red Heart-“Conga”) that was a perfect match to our ombre green wedding colors. After crocheting 150-ish fortune cookie wedding favors, how hard could it be?
Answer–not hard at all, but it does take some time (about 30 TV watching hours) to complete enough ties for our roughly 150 guest chairs.
The curly tie is just a smaller (read less stitches) variation of a scarf pattern (click here for a video tutorial on how to do a scarf: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1b7QAY6JVA). The only pattern difference is I did only 2-3 loops per ruffle, so they are quite thinner than scarfs.
I just measured how long I wanted them to fall down the back of the chair, made three strands per “tie” and knotted at one end. Then you slip over your chair band one tie behind and two in front. You can tie a loose knot with the ties if you like. Shown my picture above is an organza chair tie which is knotted in the back-the sashay curls just cover the organza knot.
If you don’t crochet (or knit), the same effect is achieved by a loose gather stitch along one edge, then tie off to secure.
Time and Money:
I’m not a lightening fast crocheter, but I could casually complete about 2 each hour while watching football or other TV.
By only doing 2-3 loops per ruffle, I could net about 5 complete chair ties (not individual strands, but the complete tie) from one skein. The skein of yarn varies in price from $3 to $5 each. Not too bad for unique & different. If you don’t have the time, I sell them here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/203153261/10-custom-curly-chair-ties-wedding-chair?ref=shop_home_active_5 (shameless plug).
They are such pretty ruffles. I could also see them used as pew decorations, table skirting, gift bows….