Put Down Those Scissors: An Alternate Approach to Fringe

I’d finally finished my Hufflepuff scarf–even finished weaving in the dozens of loose ends–when I remembered the tassels. I still had to make fringe on either end.

In the past I’ve cut all the tassels first, attached them with a crocheting hook, and then trimmed them even. But I didn’t like all the fiddly bits of string.

Here’s the new method I (might have) invented.

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You’ll need a darning needle, scissors, a straight object (like a knitting needle or ruler), and the yarn of your choice.

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Here we go. Thread the needle in the middle of a long piece of yarn.

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Decide which side of your work is the front (if that isn’t already obvious). Sew through your work from front to back at the first place you want a tassel.

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Leave a tail a bit longer than your finished fringe length, and pull your thread under that tail to the right.

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Now go over top of the tail toward the left, and stick the needle through your work in the same spot, but from back to front.

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Here’s the only (possibly) confusing part. Pull the yarn almost all the way through, then go down through the loop you’ve created around the tail of yarn.

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After that, pull to tighten the loop around the strands of yarn. Your first tassel!

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Don’t grab the scissors just yet. Here’s where your straight object comes in.

Lay your object parallel to the edge of your work, a little farther from it than the finished length of fringe. Loop your yarn around the object.

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Go through your work from front to back at the next spot to start the next tassel.

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Follow the same steps to make each tassel, going around your straight object between each one. When your yarn runs out, simply cut it off, leaving a sufficient tail. With a new piece of yarn, continue tasseling.

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After all the tassels are in place, cut through all the loops around your straight object.

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Trim all the ends even, and you’re done!

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Hello, Hufflepuff!

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I think I like this method for this kind of fringe. Thicker tassels would probably be difficult this way.

Always good to have options, though, right?

Happy Yarning!

(Tassels.)

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