My bad habit with knitting projects, is that when I have completed the knitting phase, it gets set aside as I don't want to get into all the finicky finishing part of the project. Lazy? yes I know. For my latest scarf, I could have simply woven in the ends and wore it as it was, but I really did want fringe.
Everyone has their own way of making fringe. I used to use 2 pieces of cardboard cut to the length I wanted the fringe, for example 3 inches. You would put the two pieces together and loosely wrap the yarn around them and then cut between the pieces at the top and you have your fringe pieces.
But the other night, it was late, I was quite happy finishing my knitting and didn't want to start rummaging around the house to find a card or bits of cardboard to cut and measure, so I did it a very quick way, I used my hand.
Some experienced knitters might be appalled by this method, but it works for me. My hand measures approximately 3 inches, so I went with it. Quickly wrapped the yarn around my hand and then carefully cut across the top to create many pieces of fringe. Didn't even have to leave the couch!
Don't wrap the yarn too tight or you will have trouble cutting the yarn at the top and we don't want any cuts or nicks!
Once you have your pieces, fold them in half, then using a crochet hook slip the folded edge through a cast on or cast off stitch edge of your scarf and then with your hands feed the two loose ends through and pull to tighten. Do the same across the row. If you need more fringe, simply make more using your hand. Now this works for a typical 3 inch fringe, but if you want longer then you will have to find those bits of cardboard.
Once you have your fringe in place, you can trim across if you are not happy with length, but either way this works for me and helps me to complete my projects. I am now wearing my knitted scarf everyday as it matches my winter coat perfectly. But as soon as that spring air warms up, I will switch to my lightweight mohair one I made, and yes I added fringe the same way. Hope this helps you complete your project.
I was quite happy with how this fringe turned out. You can make it thicker by doubling up the pieces. I just felt it looked more finished with this addition. I didn't trim it to size, I liked it just the way it turned out.
My name is Diane and I love all arts and crafts including painting, drawing and knitting (I painted the bee above!) I decided after many years to take up knitting again and needed simple patterns that I could do while watching TV or listening to music that would help dial down stress. I hope you enjoy some of my own projects as well as ones I have found.