How to Add Fringe to a Crochet or Knit Scarf Tutorial
Learn how to fringe your handmade scarves. It’s an easy way to finish up your knit or crochet scarves.
Fringe seems to be one of those love it or hate it features in the yarn world. Personally, I think it has it’s place.
I love the look of it, and even that it can add length to a shorter scarf.
When you add fringe with chunky or superbulky yarn, you’re also adding more warmth.
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The crochet scarf I use in this tutorial is the Veneto Chunky Scarf crochet pattern. This fossil colorway from in Lion Brand’s Wool Ease Thick & Quick is just my favorite. There’s also a matching chunky crochet hat pattern in all sizes.
The chunky fringe on this scarf adds just the right amount over coverage on my legs when I’m sitting.
Fringe isn’t just for chunky yarn though. I add shorter, lighter fringe on the teal Skinny Summer Scarf crochet pattern. I even used two colors in this fringe.
This 24/7 cotton yarn is another fav, especially in summer. One ball has just enough yardage to make a cowl or scarf that’s light and lacy!
For the contrasting affect of the bobbles to really stand out, I chose a dark teal blue yarn against beige. This square also looks great in a solid color, if you want to make it even easier to crochet.
You can use any #4 medium worsted weight yarn. I use Red Heart Super Saver* in tan and I Love This Yarn* in Antique Teal, both of which I had in my stash.
- 10-30 yds of yarn, I use Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Fossil* here, usually the yarn will match the project, but of course that’s up to you.
- You can use a crochet hook or your fingers to pull the fringe through.
- measuring tape
Fringe must be doubled over to be secured to the end of your scarf.
This means if you want 8″ of fringe hanging from the end of the scarf, you will need to cut a length of yarn that is at least double that (16″) and then I add 1-2″ to account for the looping of the fringe.
So for 8″ fringe, cut 17″ lengths.
How to Add Fringe to a Scarf
Learn how to make fringe and add it to your handmade scarves.
- 10-30 yds of yarn, I use Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Fossil*
- Usually the yarn will match the project, but of course that's up to you.
- A crochet like my 9mm US Size N hook* or your fingers can be used.
- measuring tape
- Decide how many pieces of fringe you will need. For this scarf, I cut 42 pieces. I calculated this based on the number of spaces on the ends of my scarf. There are 7 spots across the short end of my scarf that I want to add fringe to. This number will vary based on the yarn and width of your scarf. I'm adding 3 pieces per space for 7 spaces on both ends, so 3 x 7 = 21 and 21 x 2 = 42 pieces.
- Then determine the length of your yarn. I cut 14″ pieces of yarn. This length will yield about 6" of fringe hanging. To customize the length, you'll want to decide on a finished length first. Then double that number, and add 1-2" for knotting it on the scarf.
- Group 3 pieces together. The number of pieces you group together is up to you. The more you add, the more full your fringe will look. For a skinny, summer scarf I might only add 1-2 pieces at a time. Try a few spots and see how you like the look.
- Fold them in half.
- Feed the folded pieces through the space at the end of each row. Where exactly you do this may depend on your stitch pattern. Aim to have the fringe fill the space, usually every stitch, or every other stitch works well.
- Push your fingers through the folded loop, grab the fringe ends and pull through.
- Pull snug and trim ends.
- Repeat steps 1.-6. for all rows on both ends of the scarf.
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