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Cords Fringe Pompons Tassels
Article by KarensVariety.com

The finishing 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.

Twisted Cords

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 cord.

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.

Fringe

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.

PomPons

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.

Tassels

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 tassel.

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