Knitting Fringe is fun!

Fringe is a decorative strip of yarn that adds such a nice touch to your finished objects. It can be woven, tied, crocheted, knitted and sewn into pillows, scarfs, shawls, among lots of other items.

One of my favorite patterns is the Wavy Drop Stitch Scarf which includes a nice addition of a knotted fringe. Knotted fringe can be added to all manner of crafts including knitting and crochet.  To create a knotted fringe you will cut many long pieces of yarn. Fold yarn in half, with crochet hook attach fringe to cast on and bound off edges of a scarf and then trim fringe evenly.

While knotted fringe is hugely popular and easy to add to any fabric with holes, knitted fringe is beautiful and also has many fantastic uses. There aren’t too many modern patterns that call for knitted fringe but historic knitting patterns have been calling for the use of fringe since the middle of the 19th century. Fringe knitted in the manner below can be dated all the way back to 1846!

Knitting fringe is a fun exercise because it gives knitters the chance to drop stitches ON PURPOSE!! New knitters know how challenging it is to fix a dropped stitch, and it still gives some of the use more experiences knitters pause to drop stitches. Have no fear, dropping these stitches is fun and easy!

For this fringe, you will cast on 12 stitches. All rows are worked the same:

YO, K2Tog repeat to the end.

Once your fringe is long enough for the edge you wish to cover:

Bind off 6 stitches.

Take the rest of the stitches off the left-hand needle.

At this point, you can cut your yarn and thread it through the last stitch on the needle.  I have done that in a later step.  Next, I separated out the fringe loops.

Next cut the fringe loops and tied a knot at the top of each of the fringe strands.

One final touch can really make your fringe stand out.  Separate each of the plies on your yarn.

As lovely as this fringe looks, it will look even more full and fluffy if you double, triple or quadruple your yarn.  Knitting with two strands of yarn (doubling the yarn) makes a very dramatic fringe.  Here is the exact same fringe, knit holding 2 strands of yarn together (rather than knitting with just the single strand.

All rows: Holding two strands of yarn together, YO, K2Tog repeat to the end.

Bind off 6 stitches.

Take the rest of the stitches off the left-hand needle, cut yarn and thread it through the last stitch on the needle. Separate out the fringe loops.  Cut the fringe loops and tied a knot at the top of each of the fringe strands.

Finally, separate each of the plies on your yarn.

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