How to Make Tassels

A Quick and Easy Finishing Touch

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Tassels are a fun addition to an array of knitting projects. They are especially nice on scarves, belts, home decor items and anything else you think might needs a little extra something.

Tassels can be helpful for eliminating the curl of stockinette stitch at the bottom of a project. They also just make a simple project a little more interesting, so that a simple scarf that took no time at all looks a little more gift-worthy.

Tassel Math

Tassels can be any length you like, but you'll usually find them between six inches and a foot in length. That means you need to start with strands of yarn that are a foot to two feet long, so that when the yarn is doubled up to form the tassel it will be the desired length.

Tassels can also be made of as many or as few strands of yarn as you like, and you can have as many tassels as will fit along the edge of your knitting or just a few.

Individual preferences on these matters vary, but most people find odd numbered items look better so you might stick to an odd number of tassels (three, five or seven are good for most projects).

Making Tassels

Once you have figured out the length of yarn needed, how many strands you want for each tassel and how many tassels you need, it's time to start cutting your yarn. If you intend to use all the yarn you have on a project and want to make sure you have enough for tassels, cut the lengths for the tassels before knitting the project.

  1. Use a ruler, tape measure, piece of cardboard or other measuring device to cut all your tassel pieces to a uniform length.
  2. Divide the strands into piles, one for each tassel that you need.
  3. Straighten each stack so the threads line up. Fold the stack in half.
  4. Use a crochet hook to pierce your knitting where you want the tassel to go, making sure you're going between stitches and not through the yarn itself.
  5. Hook the loop you just made by folding the tassel yarn in half onto the crochet hook and slide it through the knitted article.
  6. Take the loop off the hook and slip the tassel ends through the loop, going over the edge of the knitting.
  7. Pull tight to make the tassel. Repeat as many times as needed to complete your project.

Tassel Tips

  • Place your tassels in the first row of knitting next to the cast-on or bound-off edge rather than right on the edge of the knitting. This should make it a little easier to see what you are doing.
  • Space tassels evenly by placing your first one in the middle of the work, then one one each end. If you have more than three tassels, space the rest evenly in the remaining space.
  • It doesn't matter if you form the tassels from the right side or the wrong side of your work, but make sure you do them all consistently so they all look the same.