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Old 04-22-2008, 06:30 AM   #1
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How would you tackle this? Lots of ends...
Hi all

This blanket (see small section of it below) has been a mammoth project which I've worked on for nearly a year and want to finish ASAP... but I hate working in ends and there's just so many of them! 44 colours, used every colour 3 times, two ends of yarn for every stripe... you do the maths. Lots and lots of ends!

I was thinking of cutting them all to the same length (about 2 inches) and leaving them like a fringe... do you think that would look OK? I've also thought about plaiting them (i.e. make 3 ends into a little plait), but I think some of the ends aren't long enough to get a decent-looking plait. Plus it would still be a lot of fiddly work. Wish I'd thought of it all before I started...

Any other ideas how to make it look neat without having to work in all the ends?
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Old 04-22-2008, 10:35 AM   #2
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Fringing is a great idea. You could braid them or you could make a tassel type of fringe with them.

Edit to add: I try to crochet over ends -- sort of weaving in as I go. It prevents the ugh at the end
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I made a similar small throw blanket years ago and I left the trimmed ends as a fringe.
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Old 04-22-2008, 11:40 AM   #4
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I'm with tassels. Nice work!
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I'd leave them as a fringe or braid....if you weave all those ends in on one side, that side would end up being very bulky.
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Old 04-22-2008, 01:44 PM   #6
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Fringe or tassel both would be nice. You do do excellent work.
I find that when I am working with color changes I try to hid the end under my crochet as I go along. That way there are not too many ends to hide because I have crocheted over them.
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Hmm... not sure how to explain this, but how about plaiting, or braiding the edges down the side of the blanket?

Don't know if you have heard, or know of a french braid in long hair - but that's what jumped to mind as soon as i saw all the ends!

Have a look here for a how to - see if it's any help.
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I would add more fringe so it would look thicker. Make the strands twice as long as you need (actually a little more than this), fold in half, and use a crochet hook to loop it through and then through the fold.
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Thank you!
Thank you all so much for your help and your kind comments!

I'm not 100% sure yet but I'll probably go with the fringe. It's my mum's birthday next week and she lives a long way away, so I'd better get it mailed soon.

Thanks again.
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I'm with Salos....add more to bulk up the fringe and make it look like you did it on purpose.

Very beautiful by the way.
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