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Rivulet Shawl and Perfect Fringe

November 4, 2014

When I came up with the concept for the Rivulet shawl I wanted a knit that captured the bohemian nature of the far west coast and all I could think was: fringe! The textured pattern, reminiscent of water on a window pane, is topped off with a dose of fringe. While making many many many 10″ pieces of yarn I thought there must be an easier way to create perfect fringe…and there is!

Cardboard (twice the length of your desired fringe), an elastic band, scissors, and yarn

Cardboard (twice the length of your desired fringe), an elastic band, scissors, and yarn

Materials: Cardboard, cut twice as long as your desired fringe length (mine is about 10 inches), an elastic band, scissors, and your yarn. To attach the fringe I recommend a crochet hook, size not important.

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Cut a small notch in the bottom of your cardboard piece and use this to secure your yarn. Wrap your yarn around your piece of cardboard until you have the desired number of fringe pieces (or just a bunch of times, you can always make more right?). Put the elastic band around the middle of your cardboard.

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Cut along the top of the cardboard, first one side and then the other. Your elastic band will stop the fringe from coming off the cardboard in pieces that are too long.

First, cut along the bottom edge of the cardboard

First, cut along the bottom edge of the cardboard

Then cut along the top of the cardboard

Then cut along the top of the cardboard

Now that you have a bunch of fringe you can attach it to your shawl. Note the holes along each edge, perfect for placing fringe. You can put in fringe every other hole, or each one, depending on your desired level of ‘fringey-ness’.

 

Attaching your Fringe

1. Fold 2 pieces of yarn in half.

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2. With wrong side facing put your crochet hook through the hole and pull through just the folded part of the yarn

With wrong side of your shawl facing you insert your crochet hook from front to back.

With wrong side of your shawl facing you insert your crochet hook from front to back.

The fold goes over the hook

The fold goes over the hook

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Using your hook, pull the 4 loose ends through the loop you have created. Pull tight to secure. Voila, fringe!

Fringe accomplished

Fringe accomplished

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. knittedblissjc permalink
    November 5, 2014 7:35 am

    a fabulous tutorial on how to do fringe- thanks for the great post!

  2. November 5, 2014 3:31 am

    Awesome. Thank for the share. I love how easy it is. :-)

  3. November 5, 2014 1:24 am

    It’s a great tutorial, thanks !

  4. carrotmusic permalink
    November 5, 2014 12:49 am

    I often.wind the yarn for my fringe around a hardcover book of the right size. It is very rigid, there is usually lots of width to wind lots of fringe. Best of all is that it it easy to run the scissors across the yarn at the edges of the pages, since the covers generally stick out a little past the pages and leave a nice gap.

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