How to make tassels <- jewelry for your home

I’m a firm believer that tassels are jewelry for your home. If you can’t already tell, I basically think all knitting is beyond fabulous and needs to be in my bra.

Annnnd TASSELS?!!!!

Tassels take knitting to a whole new level of erhmergerd.   A total bra stuffer of awesome.

 

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Knitting solves nearly almost completely everything.  Knitting projects will keep you from unraveling. I kid you not. Best thing ever.

Knit blankets + tassels + knitting from deep within the couch= heaven.

I’m dead.

WHY HAVE I NOT DONE THIS FOR MY ENTIRE FREAKING LIFE? HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS KNITTING HEAVEN BEFORE?  So unfair.

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Last minute projects? Me? Umm, never.  Always.  Never.  Um, me always.

Fave knit book:

I bought drop dead easy knits for moments like that.  Beeteedubs, it has some great patterns in it… they are beginner-ish but some projects are pretty complex (if you plan on knitting and Netflix binge watching at the same time.)  Not that I would do that. I would totally do that.

Socks!

I have my eye on this purrrty wool for a sock pattern in the book.  This wool looks divine for a blanket too!

Do you love chunky wool blankets?!

 This free chunky wool blanket pattern and this pattern on my blog are super duper FAST knits. You can start and finish a project in a weekend.  A weekend !! <—I screamed that.  The birch needles are here on d’blog too.  Hey, knitting will keep you from unraveling.

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Make knitting your weekend plan!

Note to self:  I just ate popcorn for dinner and liquorice for dessert, so take my words with a grain of salt.  I’m clearly not skilled at responsible life decisions.

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B L A N K E T S

 

Okay. So you don’t want to knit a blanket BUT you want to make tassels?  I’m not judging you, weird0.  I found some back flipping pretty knit blankets here.   I love buying knit blankets online!  Shopping malls make me want to kick people in the back of the knees.

I also lurve these blankets … espesh the white ones.  Don’t judge me.   I’m addicted to W H I T E.  Ask my Instagram feed.  Beeeteeedubs, do you love insta? I love Instagram, so I’m obviously an expert.

 

Aren’t the blankets stunning?   Great prices too!  You’re welcome to gift me one of them, if you want.  I will NOT be mad at you.

I’ve paid under $100 for a knit blanket <– Which is otherwise known as a score and then I attached tassels, like a boss.  It looks like the most dope thing, this side of the border.

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Supplies

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Book

(yup, you really need one)

Yarn

 I found some of this soft creamy white merino wool, so expect to see it used in a few more projects. I’m anticipating using it in pretty much everything in my life.

Scissors

Scissors are like what socks are in my house. I have piles of both but can never find either when needed. Please tell me this is one of your things too.

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These T A S S E L S …

Oh my.  They are like like WHOA!

Get ready to leap out of your chair and do the boom-chicka-wow-wow all over d’place.

They are my favourite thing-a-ma-jingies in the history of ever.

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Gather together a ball of yarn, sharp scissors, and a surface to wrap your yarn around AKA book.

Step_Two_Bath_Bomb

I used a thick book to wind my wool around, but it all depends on how big you want your tassels to be; the bigger the surface, the bigger the tassels.

Remember to start and finish wrapping the yarn from the same edge (with a book, this is the paper edge)

Continue wrapping until you reach a desired thickness.

I wrapped around the book 20 times.

The more you wrap, the thicker your tassel will be.

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Using a 12 inch piece of yarn, tuck it through the wrapped bundle of yarn along the edge of the book.  Fold the yarn in half, so that it is centered on the tassel.

Tie a knot.

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I wanted the tassels to be insanely simple and frill-free. No weird crazy braiding rope-y things. This time. LOL. Ooo! Maybe I should knit a WINE CUP HOLDER COMING OUT OF IT?  Just k .i .d .d .i .n .g.

 

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Just to clarify, make sure to keep an equal amount of yarn on both sides when you pull the ends of the yarn through the loop.  Pull it tight and tie a knot, as this forms the top of your tassel.

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Loop the 2 strands of yarn into the blanket edge and tie a knot.  Loop them back to the tassel and knot again on the inside underside of the tassel(thereby hiding the strands.)

This is the point where your face may slightly resemble this —> ?!?!?!?!!!!!

I made it sound way more complicated than it is.

Don’t fret.  It’s supes easy.

You got this.

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Take another piece of yarn and tie a knot around the width of the yarn approx 2 inches down from the top of the tassel.   Your tassel is almost looking like a tassel!!!

Tuck the strings of the tie in, so it blends with the rest of the tassel.

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Cut through all the layers of yarn at the bottom of the tassel.

Snip the excess AKA give it a wee haircut.

You did it!!!

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Drops the mic. Walks off the stage.

PS. what do you think of pom-poms?  Should we make those next?

Lynne

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  1. Tricia D says:

    Hi Lynne,
    This totally made me laugh out loud: People say ‘ GO BIG OR GO HOME’ as if going home is a bad thing. Ohhhh hells yeah, I wanna go home and I’m going to KNIT when I get there.
    I frequently tell my boss that if he would just fire me, that I could be home knitting. He laughs and points out that if he fired me I could not buy anymore yarn. Why does he have to be so logical?? It totally keeps you from unraveling..which is why I have a coffee mug that says I knit so I don’t kill people. I first found you looking for a blanket pattern. I love doing blankets. It’s like the physical version of a hug. I was looking at this idea on lion brand website about temperature blankets. Then, I thought what if you did that for each day that you have with your husband….if you let him pick the color that you knit each day then when it’s finished you will have that physical hug from HIM forever. Just a dumb thought….Hugs!

  2. Thank you so much for demystifying tassels, you did such a great job explaining that even I who cannot read a pattern to save my life (hope it never comes to that)..I found it easy to follow.

    Grace.

  3. Judi Burnes says:

    Thanks Lynn, tassels make everything better, except maybe my hair, but who knows, maybe I’ll start a trend and be trending; don’t you hate “trending”. Makes me feel like I live in a swamp and know nothing about anything important. BTW, welcome back, I’ve missed you. Also,, BTW, I showed my granddaughter your site as she is starting a blog, and she spotted The Blanket with Tassels, so what’s a Grammy to do but make it for her. We live in Southern California so I doubt she’ll ever have to use it, but she has it now and I almost got carpel tunnel working on it because it grew like a virus and got really heavy.

  4. Suzanne says:

    Great ideas and great commentary! I think the way you write, …. We are so funny!

    I just found your website and wanted to thank you. Great ideas as well as dangerous shopping links! What more could you want for the cold winter ahead?

    • We are sooooo funny 🙂 Suzanne.

      Dangerous shopping links indeed. I have a funny feeling that I will be face planting my iPhone in the middle of the night with all this online shopping. Haha.

      Lynne xx

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