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How to make tassels <- jewelry for your home

This blog post teaches how to make tassels for the chunky wool blanket kits here on the blog.

I’m a firm believer that tassels and pom poms 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.

Step by Step Tassel Tutorial : How to make tassels for your chunky wool blanket.  These knit tassels will work for any blanket, knit blanket, or throw blanket. Easy to follow directions on DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | LynneKnowlton.com



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.

 



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

Patterns + Kits :

We now have 3 awesome chunky knit blanket kits and wool bundles available for purchase <— to make tassels or pom poms.

POM POMS :

I used to make my own pom poms by rolling wool around a piece of cardboard but now I use a pom pom maker.

This one makes your pom poms look DIVINE!!! There is a how to video within this Amazon link for purchasing the pom pom maker, and I also did a how to video here on YouTube : How to make pom poms


Chunky Wool Blankets !

Do you love em?!!


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




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.



B L A N K E T S

Need some tassel inspiration? Truth is, I love buying throw blankets online too!  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.

You can buy inexpensive blankets too ( otherwise known as a score ) and then attach tassels, like a boss.  It looks like the most dope thing, this side of the border. Here is the wool I use for all my pom poms and tassels. 

 
DIY: How to make yarn tassels | Design The Life You Want To Live | Lynne Knowlton.com


Supplies



B O O K

(yup, you really need one)

Y A R N 

 I adore this wool, so expect to see it used in a few more projects. I’m anticipating using it in pretty much everything in my life.

S C I S S O R S 

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.

How_To_




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.

Step_one_

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.


Step_Three_


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.


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.

Step_Four_


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!!!

 

Drops the mic. Walks off the stage.

PS. what do you think of pom-poms?  Should we make those next? I have a wee head start on you. See the pom pom making here on YouTube where I use this super inexpensive pom pom maker kit.

Next up, I’d love to learn how to make a twisted // braided tassel. Have you tried those?

Lynne

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  1. Kathleen Chiodo says:

    OMG! What a find! Sooooo excited I stumbled upon this website! It’s absolutely GORGEOUS! Can’t wait to start following you! 🙂

  2. Donna says:

    I guess I’m like the first two comments as the photos in the step by steps will not load. Thought it would come with the pattern. Any help appreciated.

  3. Meme says:

    Have a question…in making your tassels, how wide of a book did you use or how long are your tassels for that throw?

  4. Natalie says:

    Lynne!
    Thanks for your help and jokes! I want to make Tassels… (you convinced me). But the photos in the step by steps will not load??!! Is it me? Any idea why? Do you have a video tutorial perhaps? You need a GO Pro attached to your forehead ..#justsaying
    Cheers
    Natalie

  5. Susan says:

    Lynne,
    I have been reading your blogs, looking at your treehouse, airstream and your wonderful knitting projects.
    I was reading your press section and saw you are in Canada!!!!! I live in Ontario also.
    I love your humour and am enjoying all,your blogs.
    I think of you and your family and especially Michael and you.
    I wanted to order but you are sold out of kits?
    I saw the prices in US and figured that is where you are but am so surprised and pleased you are here!
    You have inspired me to decorate and get knitting again and try your recipe for Baileys! LOL

  6. Hayley Drewery says:

    Have now made two blankets – one with tassels and would like to complete the other with tassels. Could you please direct me to the instructions? Thank you

    Hayley

  7. Debbie says:

    Do you have to use this type of wool..I’m a newbie so what is the weight of this yarn. Thank you

  8. Joan Mischke says:

    I absolutely love these afghans. Easy and beautiful…they make a beginner look really great…on my way out to get the yarn….thank you

  9. Tracey says:

    Totally love it! <3

  10. Linda Miller says:

    I love the blanket. I will definitely be knitting one..

  11. Anita Franks says:

    This is the first time i have seen your beautiful patterns for beginners. These blankets are truly stunning and love the tassels, also loved the detailed instructions on how to make them. As i am at home at the moment on sick leave I shall be knitting at least one if not both of your blankets ,

  12. Alberta Hickey says:

    Hello! Love, Love, Love, the blanket and tassels! Approximately, how many balls of yarn would you need to do as many tassels as you show on your chunky knitted blanket? Thank you!

  13. Thais Brockhagen says:

    I really like your beginner patterns. You really make everything sound so fun. I am pretty much a beginner so I really do stick to the simple patterns. I am a senior (69) yrs old and I love to knit and crochet (not very good at either), but I am trying really hard. Hope to soon branch out and try so new stitches. I love both of these blankets and the tassel lesson. I had no clue. We’ll, here’s hoping. Thank you so much.

  14. Sharney Ferguson says:

    Hi Lynne
    Thank you so much for sharing your chunky blanket pattern – I am half way through and it looks fantastic so far. Just wondering though, I want to make the tassels – should I use the 100% pure merino wool that I am using for the blanket. Just wondering if it will unravel on the ends – what do you suggest is the best for the tassels. Sharney

  15. Sheila Bennett says:

    Oh……………O.K. found it! Thank-you. printed the pattern, anxious to try 🙂

  16. Sheila Bennett says:

    I did that, clicked on pic & pattern was sent in email. But when I’m looking on the site, I can’t find the pattern for the blanket???

    • Hi Sheila-

      That’s correct then … the patterns are sent by email and you received the pattern. You can now print it to reference it when knitting.

      My site shows the photos etc. I do it that way so you don’t need to be online while knitting. Also – by submitting your email – you are now on my subscriber list and you are the first to be notified of new patterns – and other fun exclusive deals. You can unsubscribe at any time.

      It’s a fun community too !

      Cheers !
      Lynne

  17. Hi Sheila
    Do you mean for the tassels or chunky wool blankets ? If you would like the patterns for the blankets – just pop over to those blog posts and click in the photos / enter your email / and the patterns will automatically then be sent to your email inbox.

    Hope that helps!
    Lynne

  18. Mary Ann says:

    I enjoyed reading this so much that I forgot WHY I was reading!!!!!!!!!

    • hahahaha Mary Ann, welcome to my world. My house has 3 flights of stairs. By the time I get to the top level, I forgot why I went there. I may never need a stair master. LOL.

      Big love,
      Lynne xx

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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