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Animal Hat Basics Series: Tassels

Animal Hat Basics: How to Make Braided Tassels by Little Monkeys Crochet  |  Learn how to make a pom pom, how to change colors neatly in the round, how to make braided tassels for your earflaps, and how to attach facial features in this multi-part series by Little Monkeys Crochet.

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When I first started teaching myself to crochet, I looked up everything as I went. How to do something like attaching tassels to earflaps might seem obvious to the seasoned crocheter, but when the time came for me to finish an earflap beanie, I was stumped. Everyone has to learn at some point, right?

This is the first tutorial in a blog series I’m calling “Animal Hat Basics.” You can also download my FREE e-book by the same name, which includes the following tutorials, all in one handy PDF:

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Let’s get started!

How to Make Tassels | Photo Tutorial by Little Monkeys CrochetBegin with 6 strands each of 3 different colors, each about 40” long. Separate them in half; lay out 3 of each color in one group, and 3 of each color in another group.

1. Insert a crochet hook into the place you want to attach your tassels (usually in the earflap). Begin from the inside of the earflap, and push your hook through, exiting on the outside (visible) part of the earflap.


2. Take one group of yarn and wrap it around the hook at its halfway point. Use the hook to pull all of the strands through the earflap. This will form a loop on the inside of the earflap.


3. Take the long strands and insert them through the loop you just created. Pull tight. To really give the knot a tight, even look, go through and tug on each individual strand.

4. Separate the strands into 3 equal groups. (You can decide whether you want to separate by color, or separate them randomly.) Braid the groups together (right over middle, left over middle, repeat).


5. Once you’ve braided to your desired length, tie a LOOSE knot at the end. DO NOT pull it tight yet. Repeat instructions 2-6 for the other side of the hat.

6. Fold your hat so that the earflaps mirror each other; lay your tassels next to each other. Pull on each knot little by little, making sure that the knots end up side by side. (It’s very hard to move a knot once it’s tightened!) Once you’re sure they are even, pull both tightly to secure.

7. Hold knots together and carefully cut the excess yarn, leaving about 2 inches of loose yarn below the knot.

Finished Tassels

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  • Ashley October 14, 2014, 8:59 pm

    Your first part of this post was totally me! I just finished a hat and the pattern I used was basic and you could add what you want such as tassels, pom pom etc but gave no instruction how. It seems like a basic thing but I wanted to make sure it was done correctly so they would stay. I remembered I had seen links for your posts about hats and decided to come to your site and here is my answer! So thank you for your help!

    • Rebecca November 2, 2014, 3:44 pm

      You are so welcome! I just remember first starting out and having to google so many things trying to complete one hat pattern. I thought it might be easier to have the information in one place. 🙂

  • Teri November 13, 2015, 10:06 pm

    It’s been awhile since I’ve crocheted @ am not familiar with stitch abbreviations. Is there a key somewhere explaining/showing the abreviations?