Curly Fringe Tutorial – with pics!

There has been some questions along the lines of “how did you DO that??” and since I’m not entirely sure if my explanations are clear enough, I decided to create a pictorial tutorial on it.

There may very well be other tutorials like this out there; I honestly don’t know.  This is something I discovered by accident, but I’d be highly surprised if I was the first to do so.

Curly Fringe

(Please note: all tutorial pics are clickable for a better view.)

First, you need a project.  A scarf, an afghan… something to put the fringe ON.

Then, you need to start your border by sc’ing around (if you want a thicker border, do a few rows of whatever stitch you want, just make sure you do a sc row at the very end.

When you get to the side of the work that you want fringe on, decide where you want your first piece of fringe to go.

Single crochet in that stitch, and chain the desired number (however long you want your fringe to be).  In my swatch example here, I chained 10

ch 1 (this is your turning chain) and sc your way back up towards your work.  The fringe will begin to curl on its own – this is OKAY!  This is what we WANT!

Once you’ve sc’d in every chain made, attach the fringe by doing another sc in the next st on the main body of the work.

Do as many sc between fringe pieces as you want.  If you want denser fringe, do less sc between.  If you want it more sparse and airy, do more.  There is no hard-and-fast rule; just do whatever floats your boat.

Once you’re done, you’ll have something that roughly looks like this.  Leave it be if you only want the fringe to curl a little bit.  Butif you want the curls to be tighter, just take the piece of fringe between your fingers and twist it into the curl.  The more you twist, the tighter your curls will become.

Just for the hell of it, I did one of these fringes using a slip stitch instead of single crochet.  I wasn’t sure if it would curl or not, and the best way of finding out was to give it a try myself.  As you can see, it makes it quite flat.  Not the best thing when you want curly fringe, but a definite alternative to raggedy ends of yarn fringe!


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