How To Crochet: Chain Loop Fringe

By Robin Beers – 33 Comments
If you are tired of cutting yarn for fringe and love to make chains, this fringe is for you! Use it for a spring scarf or an afghan or even crocheted jewelry. The only thing you need to know is how to chain. Basically, this fringe is just loops of chains attached to the base of your work continuously.

You can adjust the length of the fringe by changing the number of chains in each fringe loop.

Note: If you are left handed, just put your mouse over the photo for a left-handed view.

Start with a sample swatch of single or double crochets.

Chain 1, single crochet in first stitch.

Chain the desired number of chains for the loop. Here I chained 19.

Single crochet in the same stitch as the last single crochet. 


You have made your first loop!

Single crochet in the next stitch.

Chain 19.

Single crochet in the same stitch as the last single crochet.

Continue across til the end.

You now have a nice continuous fringe without any cutting!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

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  1. Lori says:

    I bet this doesn’t tangle the way a standard cut fringe, can. It looks really nice. Maybe I could learn to like fringe if it is made this way!

  2. HeldyDeldy says:

    Robin. Simply brilliant. Thank you for this!

  3. Robin says:

    You’re very welcome! 🙂

  4. Amanda says:

    This is fantastic and so simple once it is broken down! Thanks so much for a great post!

  5. Kristina says:

    I love the yarn you used. Looks shiny and almost metallic. What is it?

  6. Robin says:

    Hi Kristina,
    It is actually Aunt Lydia’s cotton crochet thread size 3. Here is the link:

  7. Vicki says:

    This is a very handy technique to know. Thank you for posting it!

  8. Meg says:

    Wow! I love this idea, looks so much neater than cut fringe! Thank you.

  9. LuAnne says:

    Deja vu!! Hippy purse & vest from the 70’s.

  10. Ann says:

    Robin, how smart you are! I have never thought of this. I have shied away from making looped fringes, but not now. Thank you.

  11. Jean says:

    Thanks so much for this! i will be able to use this on a scarf I am currently crocheting!!!

  12. Perfect timing for me! I am getting ready to add hair to my Hindu Goddess Kali doll. I was putting this off since adding one strand at a time is such a chore. I think this will look much better (kinda like dread locks), Making the Goddess Kali look more like a warrior!

  13. Adelina says:

    This is really a marvelous change from the old way of making fringe, thanks! I would however like to know what size needle you would reccomend (sorry can’t find my dictionary) LOL for this new fringe option. I am practicing with a size H hook, but it could go smaller but I am not sure just how much smaller, is there a rule of thumb when using this technique?

  14. Cindi says:

    As soon as I saw this I pictured a skirt I had in the 70’s. I loved the fringe on the bottom. This could be made as long fringe and added to a skirt that is more up to date.

  15. Lorraine says:

    I don’t do fringe because it comes out frayed and ratty looking after washing in the machine.YOU are one BRILLIANT gal….thanks and hugs!

  16. Marybeth says:

    This is absolutely brilliant! 🙂 Wish I had thought of it…LOL! Working on some new pillows for my bedroom and this will be an awesome trim. Thank you so much for sharing!

  17. This is a fantastic idea. I am definitely going to try this on a scarf that I am currently making.

    Thanks for sharing this one!

    All the best,

  18. Cate says:

    I can see this as a fringe on a pillow or on anything else that needs it. The best part is it wont come off like the cut kind can. Love it !!

  19. Vicki says:

    This is a wonderful idea. You are very creative Rachel! I’m going to use this technique on a crocheted shawl I’m making. Thank you!!!

  20. Sarah says:

    wow! i love this! what a simple way to jazz up just about any project! thank you!

  21. fariba kafi says:

    Hi Rachel,I love it,I tried to make it for my scarf.thanks so much

  22. Linda says:

    Beautiful & neat idea – question – how is this fringe attached to the finished project – do you attach it as you chain the loops or after all your loops are done? Thank you for your help

  23. Patricia Holm says:

    This is perfect, just what I need to know. Would it work on a knit item? I’m thinking of maybe sc along the entire edge and then going back to do the fringe. Thanks!

  24. Patricia Holm says:

    I should add to my previous comment that I would think care would have to be taken re tension so it is just right, not bunchy or stretchy. Thanks!

  25. Darlene says:

    Hi, found your post on pinterest. thanks for the great tutorial. I am repinning.

  26. Judy says:

    Almost finished with a triangle shawl made with Vanna’s yarn. I noticed you used a steel hook because of the thin thread. Could I use this fringe with a colored wool worsted yarn by Vanna? Size hook?

    Thanks for thinking of us lefties!

  27. Kzoo Kid says:

    Lovely fringe, thanks for the post.

    Just a thought while the page is saving, for folks using variegated yarn/thread…using a chainless foundation and making each loop as you go along would coordinate the fringe and base if anyone wanted them to match.

  28. Betty Ray says:

    I would like to see how to do differant things with socks

  29. roberta spratley says:

    so glad i found this site answered my question for making fringe thanks again

  30. Diana Schuh says:

    Hello, I love the way you did this for the fringe. I have made my sick sister a prayer shawl, and did it with the homespun yarn. Sure is harder to work with. I was hoping to do your fringe but it sure is hard to do with that yarn. Do you have any suggestions? I would appreciate hearing back from you. Thanks for posting. Diana

  31. Diana Schuh says:

    hello, I am making my sick sister a prayer shawl and got the shawl done and love your way of fringing but I have had a hard time doing it as I am using the homespun yarn. Do you have any suggestions for me to use? I would appreciate hearing back from you. Thank you, Diana

  32. Kerimyth says:

    I once made my granddaughter a scarf that was loops like these, but I cannot remember how I did it, it was a long time ago, the loops swirled round and it looked great, I would love to be able to make her another one, any help how to make one would be much appreciated.

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