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A Modern Crochet Fringe Border with a Twist

Updated June 6, 2023

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Have you made a shawl, blanket or scarf and feel like it needs an extra special crochet border as a finishing touch? I have a super quick and easy tutorial to share with you that will add a contemporary finish to any crochet project.

A crochet fringe border with pink scissors and mint green crochet hook.
Crochet Fringe Border

A crochet fringe is a unique and modern border which can be achieved with just a slip stitch and twisting your yarn, so perfect for a beginner. It’s a super versatile way of embellishing that can be used with any kind of yarn weight. You can also experiment with the number of twists and how long it is, to give it a different look every time to suit your project.

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pattern notes

  • Written in UK terms
  • You can find the video tutorial at the base of the post
  • Before you start, decide whether you’d like to work the fringe with right side facing you or wrong side. There is no correct way really, but crocheting the fringe with the wrong side facing will mean there is a little ridge before the crochet fringe starts, which might actually be a lovely feature.
Bella Coco Crochet eBook,  a 26 page handy guide to help with your crochet journey, available to purchase on the website.
How to Crochet: a handy reference guide

Unsure of the differences between UK and US terms? Need a refresher on how to do your stitches? In my ‘How to crochet: A handy reference guide’ EBook I help you with all of these terms and you can always have them to hand! You will also get exclusive access to free video instructions.

crochet terms and abbrevations

Stitch(s): st(s) 

Slip Stitch(s): ss(s): Insert hook, yarn over, pull through stitch and loop on hook. 

Chain(s): ch(s): Yarn over, pull through loop on the hook. 

Double Crochet(s): dc(s): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have two loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops. 

how to crochet a fringe border

You’ll need to work the fringe into some stitches, so either the edge with stitches or the underside of a chain. You could also add a row of double crochet to the row ends of a project so you have stitches to work into.

  • Start with a slipknot and ss to connect the yarn to your project.
  • Pull up a loop (I did 15cm) using a ruler or guide to measure.
  • Twist the yarn the same amount of times as there are centimetres and then add one, so I did 15 centimetres therefore I twisted 16 times. Feel free to experiment with this to get different looks.
  • Ss into the base of the current stitch, popping your finger in the middle to bend your twist if needed.
  • Ss into the next stitch.

If your fringe twist doesn’t quite sit right, feel free to straighten it putting your finger inside the look and pulling it straight and it will soon twist into place when you let go.

  • Pull up another loop, to the same size as before using your ruler or guide.
  • Ss into the base of the stitch.
  • Ss into the next stitch also and straight out your fringe twist.
  • Repeat this until you get to the end of the row.
  • At the end, Ss into the base of the stitch as you would normally, then DC to secure.
  • Fasten off and sew in your ends.

You may want to steam the crochet fringe to get that neat professional finish.

More of a visual learner? Here’s a video tutorial to follow step by step.

crochet fringe border – right handed video tutorial:

crochet fringe border – left handed video tutorial:

I hope you enjoy adding this super quick and easy beginner crochet border to your projects, and if you’d like to learn another, why not try the pom pom edging or a shell border? There’s lots of crochet border inspiration here.

4 different crochet borders to inspire you in cream and pink yarn.
Check out the blog for other crochet border ideas and inspiration.

I always love to see your makes so if you try any of my patterns or follow my stitch tutorials please tag me @bellacococrochet or use the #bellacococrochet

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