|Scarf with tassel-style fringe|
|Scarf with continuous-style fringe|
Here are several tricks:
If the fringe-strands are long enough, protect them from tangling by tying them in one or more loose overhand knot(s). After washing and drying, undo the knot(s).
If the fringe is too short to tie in a knot, snap a hair-tie around the fringe. If the item is wide, make several hair-tie bundles, side by side, as shown below.
|Before washing, snap fringe |
into bundles with hair ties
(this works for continuous-style fringe, also)
After knotting or bundling, the yarn of the fringe might have a kink where it was tied, especially if it was tied tightly. Lay the fringe on the ironing board and LIGHTLY steam the kinks out. In other words, hold the steaming iron ABOVE the fringes, steaming until they are damp and hot. Pat flat. Do not actually iron the fringe. If working with acrylic, steam very sparingly or the texture of the yarn will change.
Here's another alternative: instead of fussing around before washing, just wash and dry however you like. At the end, re-wet the fringe and slap the strands against the side of the tub. Smack the fringe hard enough and the wet strands--whether they make up a tassel-style or continuous-style fringe--will magically untangle.
In addition to any of the above alternatives, you might like to consider knotting off the end of each strand with a simple overhand (granny) knot. This prevents the strands from un-plying during washing or drying (or wearing). Knotting ends is a wonderful occupation during a dull lecture, boring meeting or any kind of bus ride.
One final option: you can make fringes nearly tangle-proof by tying them off into knotted patterns along their length, as shown below. If your fringe is continuous, the first row of tying is used to knot up tassel-style bundles of fringe. Once the fringe is tassel-ated, the knotted pattern is worked as per the illustration.
|Fringe tied into knotted patterns|
'til next time
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