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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
2. With wrong side facing put your crochet hook through the hole and pull through just the folded part of the yarn
Using your hook, pull the 4 loose ends through the loop you have created. Pull tight to secure. Voila, fringe!
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