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How To Make Easy Yarn Tassels For A Scarf Tutorial

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Adding tassels to your knitting and crochet projects is a fun way to finish them off! Learn how to make an easy tassel using yarn.

You need something like your hand or a cardboard square to keep the pieces of yarn together until you’re finished. To keep this tutorial easy I’m using my hand to wrap the yarn around.

There are different ways to use tassels, here I’m adding them to the ends of the scarf. I love this look especially for a triangle scarf.

Three tassels on orange triangle shawl.

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Watch the video tutorial here on my YouTube channel.

Yarn tassel on end of mesh shawl.

How To Make A Yarn Tassel

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1

Make your own tassels with yarn!


  • 1 skein yarn. You can use any weight yarn. For this project I'm using Shine, a #2 sport weight yarn from WeCrochet.


  • You can use your hands, a book, a piece of cardboard—you'll need something to wrap the yarn around that will be the length of your finished tassel.
  • Scissors for trimming.
  • Yarn needle or crochet hook for attaching to your scarf or shawl.


  1. The first step is to find something like a book that is about as long as you'd like your tassels to be. In this tutorial I use my hand. You can cut a rectangle of cardboard to the length you want.
  2. Secure the end of the yarn by holding it, and begin winding the yarn around your object (here my hand).
  3. Continue wrapping the yarn around, not too tightly, until the desired fullness is reached. Here I wrapped the yarn 50–60 times. Make more wraps for a thicker tassel. Just remember one half of the tassel is on one side and the other half is on the other side.
  4. Once your tassel is as thick as you'd like stop winding and cut the yarn free from the ball. Scissors cutting yarn strand.
  5. Cut a piece of yarn, approximately 8". Scissors poised to cut length of yarn.Thread the yarn through the center of the wrapped tassel yarn. Yarn to thread under wrapped yarn on hand.Since I'm using my hand, I'll slide it off, Sliding wrapped yarn off hands.but keep the length of yarn coming through.Tie thread through center of wrapped yarn for tassel. Tie in a tight knot to keep it secure.Tie knot for tassel top. This will be the end you attach to your scarf.
  6. Cut through the bottom of the tassel wrapped yarn. Cut bottom of looped yarn for tassel.To cut the yarn use very sharp scissors (be careful). Remove the cardboard or book and set aside.
  7. Now cut another length of yarn, 12" - 16" long. Lay it flat and place the tassel on it. With the yarn about 1 inch below the top of the tassel wrap yarn around to create the head of the tassel. Tassel laid out on yarn piece.Tie the yarn with a knot here. Let these ends fall down and trim to the length of your tassel.
  8. Optionally you can wrap this length of yarn several times creating a band at the head of the tassel before tying and tucking.
  9. Attach your tassel to edge of the scarf with the top pieces of yarn. Yarn tassel in orange in hand holding tapestry need below mesh shawl.Use your fingers, hook or tapestry needle to thread the ends through the bottom or corner stitch. Tie in a double knot. Hands tying knot for tassel.
  10. Use the yarn needle to thread those ends down into the tassel.

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  1. Thanks, appreciate the refresher, I just finished a triangle shawl and this will make a perfect finish.