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I've been knitting for (OMG!) over 50 years. But wait: I started when I was about 4 so that's not so bad!

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Lush Fringed Scarf

from Scruffy Dog Knits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Lush Fringed Scarf
Lush Fringed Scarf
Lush Fringed Scarf
Lush Fringed Scarf

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit
  • Crochet

Pattern Description:

I started noticing scarves with fringes along the edges this year, and I really like how interesting and elegant they look.

When I started thinking about how to design a knitted scarf with fringing along the long edge, what first held me back was that fringes on scarves have always been a bugbear for me: they inhibit laundry because they invariably turn into a tangled (sometimes felted) mess and are never quite the same after a trip through the washer (never the dryer! Too risky.).

The other thing is that fringes are almost always added when the item is finished and these days we have such great multi-colored yarns available that it would be hard to match up the colors without wasting a lot of yarn (for me, continuing the colors into the fringe is an important design detail).

So that got me thinking about three things: fringing the long edge of a scarf; how to create a non-tangling fringe; and integrating the fringe into the color progression. E Voila! The Lush Fringed Scarf satisfies all three and it's pretty easy to make, requiring beginner knitting skills and only rudimentary crochet skills. And, if crochet scares you, I've even provided alternate instructions for knitting that part.

NOTE: I've specified the yarn and needles I used for two versions but you can use whatever you fancy, or whatever you have to hand, keeping in mind your results will vary. The single-color version is made with Silk City Paloma, and the drape and flow of the finished fabric is gorgeous.

Experiment! Enjoy! I certainly did.


16 to 18 sts and 30 to 32 rows = 4 in/10cm in garter stitch (knit every row)

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • approx 60 - 62" long
  • approx 7.5-8.5" at widest point incl fringe


  • 200 - 300 yards of worsted/aran/chunky weight yarn

You Will Also Need:

  • tapestry needle for finishing ends
  • 4.5 - 5.0 mm knitting needles
  • 4.0 - 5.5mm crochet hook

Suggested yarn:

300 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Silk City Paloma, Noro Silk Garden