Some Weather and A Little Fringe Tutorial

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I had a little time on my hands to knit last week, when a big winter storm came to our area. We lost power one day, then it came back for a day, then it went out for 3 more days. We had 2 1/2 feet of snow followed by freezing rain. It made for the perfect knitting storm. Here are a couple of pictures from our house.





So, I said it was the perfect knitting storm and I got my knitting groove back on. No power meant no computer related work and no house work, so I was free to knit as much as I wanted.

I finished the Koigu Linen St Scarf from Churchmouse Tea and Yarns. This is a cool scarf that actually looks woven, but is knit using a slip st pattern to create the effect of woven material. The pattern uses 3 different colors of Koigu, which I did not have, so instead I used Shibui Staccato from my LYS, Knot Another Hat in colors #153 Twin Set, #154 Spring Garden, and #163 Summer Camp. All 3 of these colors are variegated and they worked great together.

So, onto the fringe. This is a little tutorial on how to make your fringe look as nice as the fringe in the picture from the pattern.

The fringe is worked as you go and when you are done and have washed and blocked your scarf it will look something like this:


Not too pretty and not much like the pretty pattern picture.

So, here's what you do.

1.  Get a towel and cover your ironing board. Heat up your iron to the hottest setting- highest steam setting as well. Get a small hand towel or rag and wet it completely. Lay your scarf down on the ironing board and place the wet rag over the fringe.



2.  Very lightly press the iron onto the fringe while pressing the steam button on your iron. I mean lightly too. You do not want press too hard.



3.  You can help the fringe along by combing it with your fingers and repeating step 2 a few more times, until the fringe is completely straight.

Now that the fringe is straight it is time to make some cuts.



4. Place your scarf on a quilting mat (if you do not have these tools you may find that one of your knitting friends has them. I know a lot of knitters, who also quilt and the other way around!) Line up the edge of the scarf along one of the lines on the board and make note of this line, so you can use it again for the other side. Use the Omingrid (that clear thing with the yellow lines on it) to press the fringe down and prepare to cut the fringe to the shortest of your fringe lengths. Make note of where you are lining up the grid, so you can measure the other side to the same length.




5.  Next the rotary cutter comes in handy to trim the ends all to the same exact length.

That's it! And here is the final result.



I just love this scarf and I am looking forward to teaching it at Knot Another Hat soon. You can find out more here. I will have more reports soon on the other knits that kept me busy during our recent knitting storm.


Author: bluegirl -  Date: 26 Jan 2012 22:12 -  Tags: recreational knitting
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Comment by Julia on 2012-01-27 09:26:38
OK - your knitting storm rubbed some knitting mojo off on me! Love the fringe tutorial - do you think maybe I have some stash yarn that will work for this scarf?????


Comment by Shaun on 2012-02-01 19:05:47
I have looked many times at this scarf it is so intriguing. Yours is beautiful and the fringe tutorial very appreciated. I have learned so much from you and can't wait to see your other winter storm projects!


Comment by bluegirl on 2012-02-02 11:59:06
Thanks Shaun! I love being able to share some of these little things.





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