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Hansi's picture

fringe (post #29281)

I'm making one of those Kaffe Fasset triangle scarves--fun, fast, project, good for a beginner like me.  Anyway, his pattern directions said to make an 8" fringe, but didn't say how to make a fringe.  Can anyone help?

paddyscar's picture

(post #29281, reply #1 of 2)

Hansi:


From "Knitting in plain English" by Maggie Righetti, St. Martin's Press 1986 p 194


"Select 3 strands of the yarn.  Hold them together to align them and then fold them in half.  With the inside, the private side, of the article facing you, insert a crochet hook through the article close to the edge.  Catching the fold of the strands with the crochet hook, pull them back through the hole an inch or so.


Spread the fold open and pull the ends of the strands through the loop that is created.  Pull the ends gently until the fringe is securely seated against the garment."


More simply -  work from the wrong side of your garment.  Consider your cut piece of yarn as the letter "U".  Pull the bend of the "U" through your garment about one inch.  Pull the legs of the letter through the bend of the "U" and snug it up to your garment.


You can try a few, then decide how many strands of wool you want to use - the more you use, the fuller the fringe. 


To make an 8 inch fringe, you should start with a length of yarn that is 18- 20 inches long.  That is because you need twice the finished length of the fringe, plus some gets used up in making the knots.  Once you are finished adding the fringe, you can go back and trim it to the correct length.


When you are cutting the yarn to make the fringe, try not to pull on the yarn, as it will snap back to its original length and you will end up with pieces that may not be long enough.  


To make cutting your yarn go faster, you could wind your yarn around a cardboard, or book of approximately the length you'll need, then cut through the yarn along one edge.   Instantly, you'll have a handful of yarn pieces to start your fringe!


Hope this helps,


Frances

Hansi's picture

(post #29281, reply #2 of 2)

Hi Frances,


Thank you very much for those very clear directions!  I appreciate it!


Hansi