Note: This page is a free tutorial for how to make a tassel only. You can find the free pattern for the entire scarf pictured above HERE.
Step 1: Cut two 24 inch pieces of yarn. Put them aside.
Step 2: Cut a piece of cardboard an inch taller than the height that you would like your finished tassel to be. I made my cardboard 5 inches tall.
Step 3: Take the rest of your yarn and wrap it around the cardboard 30 times. You can adjust this number, depending on how thick you want your tassel. The amount of yarn you need will depend on the size and thickness that you want to end up with. I needed about 25 feet of yarn for my tassel. Cut the yarn off at the bottom of the piece of cardboard, after your last wrap.
Step 4: Place one of the 24 inch pieces of yarn under the top edge of the wrapped string and tie a knot.
Step 5: Cut the wrapped yarn along the bottom of the cardboard. Remove the cardboard, being careful to hold the yarn in relatively the same position so that it does not get tangled. Tighten your knot if needed.
Step 6: Take the other 24 inch piece of yarn and tie a knot around the tassel, about a 3/4 inch below the top of the tassel. Wrap the yarn around the knot about 6-8 times. Tie another knot. Pull the ends behind the wrapped yarn and into the tassel with a crochet hook or needle so that they become part of the tassel.
Step 7: Trim the ends of the strings so that they are all the same length.
Step 8: Using the string at the top of the tassel, attach it to whatever you have created it for! If you want to hide any knots, you can wrap the string around a few times (similar to step 6). Use a yarn needle to insert any extra yarn ends into the tassel to hide them. And that’s it! Now you know how to make a tassel with yarn!
I love your designs. I am crocheting a Afghan for my granddaughter & she would like tassels on the corners. The Afghan is washable but i don’t think it can be washed with the tassels, so I’ve been trying to figure out how to make them removable.
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Hi Mary! I’m so glad you are enjoying my designs! That is an interesting thought. I have actually been thinking about how to make detachable pom poms for hats lately too. Some of the ideas I’ve seen for pom poms might work for tassels too. One idea was to sew a button where it attaches on the blanket or hat and then have a small elastic loop attached to the tassel or pom pom that can go around the button to easily attach or remove. Another idea is snaps that you can purchase and sew on both pieces. Let me know if you come up with something you really like! I would like to see it and I’m sure others would too! 🙂
Bernice Borgia says
I too love your designs. I have been looking for ‘clear’ directions on how to make tassels and your instructions with photos are very complete! Can’t wait to make some tassels!