This Knotted Fringe Scarf DIY is a great way to transition your favorite bright summer scarf into the cooler months. The knotted fringe adds a luxurious, cozy texture without being too warm and bulky. This DIY is super easy and requires no prior sewing experience. If you are adding knotted fringe to an infinity scarf, just add it along one side.
This tutorial can use a new or old scarf; for this demonstration, I used a vintage thrifted scarf with bright, jewel tones. A gauzy scarf will be much easier to manipulate than a thick, wooly one. An awl, a sharp tool for piercing fabric, will also be used for this project and can be found at most hardware or craft supply stores for a low cost. Instead of cutting the fibers, an awl merely pushes them aside, allowing the yarn fringe to be attached. If you decide to remove the fringe from your scarf, ironing over the holes created by the awl will help them disappear.
A skein of yarn
Measuring tape or ruler
Begin by cutting pieces of yarn that are each 10 inches long. It is difficult to calculate exactly how many pieces of yarn you will need to cut, but working in batches of about 15 or 20 pieces is manageable. The fringe will end up being approximately 5 inches long, but you can cut longer or shorter pieces to suit your style.
With your awl, punch a hole near the edge of the scarf, wiggling the awl through to gradually widen the opening.
Take a piece of yarn in your hands, and twist it tightly between your fingers. Fold the twisted yarn to create a small loop, and slip the loop through the opening created by the awl. You can also use the awl to help you pull the loop through the opening.
Pull the tail ends of the piece of yarn through the little yarn loop and tighten. Your fringe is now secured to your scarf.
To make the knotted fringe, grab tail ends from adjacent pieces of fringe. Forming a loop with your fingers, slide the tail ends through the loop and tighten, creating a knot about a half-inch away from the top of the fringe.
This Knotted Fringe Scarf DIY is very easily adapted to suit any length of fringe and any number of knots. If you decide to cut pieces of yarn that are longer than 10 inches, two or more rows of knots along the fringe add a visually stunning textural display.
All photos courtesy of Gabriela Salvador.