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touch to many clothes or accessories often include twisted cords,
fringe, pom poms or tassels. These are easy to make and can be in a
similar or contrasting colour. The size and fullness of each depends
on the type of yarn used.
The number of strands of yarn used
to make a twisted cord depends on the thickness you require. For
baby clothes knit in 3 or 4-ply, you will need 4 strands of yarn.
You will need either another person to hold one end of the length
of yarn or you can tie one end to a cupboard knob. The length of
the yarn should be at least three times as long as the finished
Once you have one end of the yarn
held in place, you begin twisting to the right. Keep the yarn taut
as you twist. Once the yarn is twisted the entire length, bring
the two ends together and knot them to retain the twist. Then
smooth out the twists to the middle. The type of yarn and number
of twists you use will affect the final length and and tightness
of the twisted cord. Remember, it is better to have too much yarn
than too little.
Knitting patterns will often give
instructions on the number of strands of yarn to use to make
fringe. If not, the same idea applies as in making cords. The type
of yarn and number of strands used will affect the final length
and fullness of the fringe. Cut 3 or 4 strands of yarn twice the
length of each fringe. With the wrong side of the edge to be
fringed facing you, insert a crochet hook as near the edge of
possible. Fold the strands in half to form a loop, put the look on
the hook and pull through the edge. Place the hook behind all the
strands of yarn and pull through the loop. Be careful to space
them evenly along the edge. Trim the ends of the fringe neatly.
Cut two circles of cardboard the
size you require the finished pom-pom to be and cut out a circular
hole in the centre of each - the larger the hole the thicker the
pom-pom. Wind the yarn evenly around the two pieces of cardboard
and through the centre hole until the hole is filled. You will
need to use a needle to thread the yarn through near the end.
Break off the yarn.
Cut through the yarn at the outer
edge of the cardboard only. Tie a piece of yarn around the cut
pieces between the two pieces of cardboard (where you cut the
yarn). Be sure to use strong yarn to tie as you must tie it
tightly. Then cut away the cardboard carefully and use the tied
end of yarn to sew the pom-pom. Shake out the pom-pom and trim
ends if needed.
Cut a piece of cardboard as wide as
you wish the length of the tassel to be. Wind yarn several times
around the cardboard. Thread a piece of yarn through the
cord at one end and tie tightly. Cut through the yarn at one edge
only. Finish by winding the yarn several times around the top
folded ends about one-half inch down from the end of the cord. Sew
in the loose end of the yarn and trim the loose ends of the
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