Saturday, August 20, 2011

Day 233 and Extra

It's one thing to put fringe on the ends or even on the vertical edges of a scarf, but what about on the surface somewhere in the middle? Even better is not having to cut all those loose ends to loop on!

Loop crochet or pile crochet or fur stitch is a useful for making fringe or shag at any point on the surface of a fabric. It can only be done with single crochet stitches, but as seen in this scarf, only the row in question needs to be single crochet. Very simply, whenever a loop is wanted, place the hook into the desired stitch, pull up a loop, but wrap it first around the hand or a strip of cardboard cut to the length you want the loops. I always just eyeball mine. Yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook. The resulting loop will look suspiciously insecure, but the following row locks it into position. I made a row of fringe at the beginning, at the end, and on a random row not quite as close to an end.

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