How to Crochet: Curly Fringe

By Robin Beers – 42 Comments
If you have ever seen a scarf with curly fringe and thought it must have been really difficult to crochet, think again! It is really easy to do! All you have to know is single crochet and that’s pretty basic. So if you want to add a pretty spiral fringe to a scarf, keep reading – this tutorial is for you!
Note: If you are left handed, just put your mouse over the photo to see the left handed view.

First chain 15. The longer the chain, the longer the spiral when finished.

Then, make 3 sc in the 2nd ch from hook.

Continue to make 3 sc in each of the ch. 

When finished, you will have your curly fringe!

To make the fringe on your completed scarf, just begin at lower edge of scarf and make each fringe as you go across, putting the same number of sc between each spiral on the edge. It is really easy! For added interest, change the size of your spirals, maybe in a ch 15, ch 25, ch 35, ch 25, ch 15 pattern. Use your imagination and have fun!

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to write below.

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  1. Leslie says:

    I love curly fringe! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  2. Leslie says:

    Oh, and I just noticed your comment for left-handers. I have NEVER seen that before and I have to say that it just took this tutorial up a notch. My daughter is a lefty and has struggled learning to crochet. Thanks!

  3. Allison says:

    I use to make curly fringe a long times ago. And I enjoyed it.

  4. Margarita says:

    Yes, thank you for the tutorial! I remember seeing some curlies in red, white and green yarn hanging on a Christmas tree, and they looked so pretty!!
    Also, although I am right-handed, I love the fact that you give instructions for lefties. That is very thoughtful.
    I was thinking… Could the curlies be used as hair on an Amigurumi doll?

  5. Diane says:

    Another nice addition to the Crochet Arsenal!

  6. Robin says:

    Margarita, sure they could. That sounds like a great idea! 🙂

  7. Used these years ago on a Humpty Dumptiy They were cute to sit on a little girls bead.

  8. serena says:

    Very cool. Another appreciative lefty! I scoured youtube for left handed tutorials when learning. It makes it so much easier. thanks

  9. Trudi says:

    I am brand new to crochet, and haven’t decided if I should do it left-handed (which I am) or try right-handed. I LOVE how you have both views available, and so easy to access. Thank you!

  10. Ingrid says:

    I just thought of an idea: This would make a super cute ponytailer! I must try it 🙂

  11. Robin says:

    Good idea, Ingrid. You could make one fringe, then chain about 10 – 15 or more for the middle part, then make a second fringe attached to that. Then you could tie it around your ponytail. Cute!

  12. Ingrid says:

    Yes, Robin, also, I was thinking using a fat pony tail elastic, and attaching curlies all around. That would also make a cool attachment for plain flip flops, bags,etc. Wow!!!!

  13. linda says:

    I just had an idea that the spiral for fringe on a scarf would make some nice hair accesories for little girls , either on pontail elastic or barrettes. Just a idea for you…Thanks Linda

  14. Jenny B says:

    I haven’t made curls in a long, long time. Like about 40 years. Made some when I was a child and promptly forgot how. Thanks for the refresher. I made some cute, curly, hair doo-dads for my daughter yesterday. Very cute. Thanks! 😀

  15. Lesia Chambliss says:

    Thanks, I love this. I wish I had seen this before Christmas. I made “icicles” for my tree making spirels, but I just did the chain, then single crochet in row (sc in each ch). It will curl automatically, just not to the degree this technique does. I will do this for next christmas.

  16. Robin says:

    That is a good idea, Lesia. There are nice colors of crochet thread in size 3 that you could use – red, green, white, silver and gold. Then you could spray them with fabric stiffener so they would stay stiff.

  17. Kristina says:

    This looks very useful. However, in first step do you really
    mean make a row of single crochet? It looks like just a chain, and
    later steps seem to imply only a chain. Please
    help me out. Thx

  18. Robin says:

    Thanks for pointing that out Kristina. It is indeed a row of chains, not single crochet. I will fix that.

  19. Dasia says:

    I ♥ it!!! Makin’ one right now! 🙂

  20. Nancy says:

    Add a short chain “row” with a pom-pom at the end of the curl, glue on two small “google eyes” on the opposite end, and you have a cute book-worm for kids. I sold the tar out of these for 25 cents years ago – kids love them and teachers use them as classroom awards. GREAT way to use up small odds and ends of yarn.

  21. Joan Griffith says:

    Oh this is great! I’ve seen this used to make bookmarks with a little worm face. Never would have thought of making fringe with it! Thanks for being so creative!

  22. Linda says:

    Thank you for the left handed views — if only EVERYBODY did that for us lefties!!

  23. Cathy Sills says:

    I haven’t tried this curly fringe yet but I can’t wait. They would also look great as part of your gift
    wrap especially if the gift is knitted or crocheted.

  24. Sarah says:

    Hi, I have been wanting to add these to something for ages, but just never had a reason to make them… So when my eldest daughters school sent out an e-mail asking for hats in red, white & blue to be sent in the following day (Royal Wedding celebrations here in England) I was so excited and knew these would be just perfect!!! So off my daughter goes to school with a very funky white hat with red, white and blue curly’s on them :o)

  25. Monica M. Barker says:

    Used to make these years ago and just wanted to brush up. Made them into worm bookmarks and tassles for hats too. Tried a dozen or more sites before I finally found your wonderful tutorial. Appreciated. Thanks muchly! Monica – Australia.

  26. zeeniya says:

    this is lovely. I want to do this for a sleeve edging. Thanks for sharing this. I want the top part of the fringe (like the picture you have posted in pink & white at the start of this page) to be flat & a bit thick (because my sleeve became too short & I want to attach this & also make the sleeve look longer). Please let me know how to do it. I’m a beginner but can follow to some extent. Is the top part a double crochet? If so how should I start this?
    This is what I thought, pls. let me know if it’s the correct way to do it.
    Make a long chain for the length of the dc & fringe part. do the fringe (upto the required length of the chain) as you have given in this tutorial. then do the thick part( it looks like dc for me).
    And should I attach this fringe by fringe? Is there a way of doing it continuously along the edge of the sleeve?
    Thanks so much

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Zeeniya, yes you are correct. You can make the top of the fringe flat like you described. When making the fringes you can do it continuously around your sleeve by starting off with the yarn already attached to it. Make the first fringe, then single crochet 2 or however many stitches along the sleeve you want to space the fringes out, then make your next fringe, then do another set of single crochet.

  27. Nancy says:

    How do I make and attach a curly fringe to the end of a completed scarf? Also, what size hook do you recommend?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Nancy, you can start at the corner of your scarf, then make the long chain and your curly fringe. Then you can single crochet into the next few stitches (depending on how you far apart want to space your fringes). Then you can make your next fringe by starting the long chain again and then making another fringe.

  28. Dawn says:

    I use to make the for our daughter when she was little. She is on her forties now. Going to make these for our 51/2 yo GD. Thx for the memory. :oD

  29. Michele says:

    I love these my aunt used to make them and I would wear them in my pigtails years ago and seeing these on here brought back so many memories . I am going to try and make some of these for my grand daughter to enjoy ,

  30. Ruth appel says:

    Thank u so much for this tutorial. I make cowls for the family and can’t wait to add these at the bottom.

  31. jen says:

    thank you! i needed this help. appreciated.

  32. Judy says:

    I made this curly fringe quite awhile back as chickens legs & they turned out great. So cute & funny. Now I can’t get my fringe to curl tightly. Looks awful. What am I doing wrong?

  33. Angelia says:

    They are so cute I want to add thease to a kids hat all the way around like a octopus but not sure how to do it if any one could help that would help

  34. Susan says:

    I cannot make here! No matter how Hard I try,the chain tests so that I can’t tell one chin from another. Does anyone have a suggestion? Thanks!

  35. Susan says:

    This should read,I cannot make these. The chain twits so that I lose track of the next chain I’m supposed to crochet I and the top and bottom of the chain. I am not a beginner by any means, but I sue feel like one! I need help,please!

  36. Molly says:

    My spirals don’t stay curled what am I doing wrong

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