So, let's talk about yarn tails!
This is the tail I just finished. Y’all expressed some interest in how it was made so here goes…
My TLDR Crochet pattern:
- Done in the round, don’t forget your stitch marker!
- -Magic ring: sc 6,
- -dc 2, inc, dc 2, inc (8)
- -dc 2, inc, dc 2, inc, dc 2 (10)
- I stopped increasing here but the next would be:
- -dc 3, inc, dc 3, inc (12) (You can add more stitches than this but the wider it is the more likely you are going to have to stuff it to make sure keep its shape.)
- Continue dc until you reach your desired length. Mine is about 15in. (It’s almost 20in after adding fur!)
- Finish off. This can vary depending on how you want to attach your tail. For me, I decreased back to 6 stitches and stuck a clip in it. But you could also crochet a button loop or even make a belt.
If crochet isn’t your thing you can also make a base from:
- Braiding! There are different opinions on how to do this. YouTube will be your friend.
- A metal chain! No really!
For my fur I used about 6in pieces for the top coat and 5in for the undercoat. I
looped slip-knotted 6 pieces of yarn (three 6in and three 5in) around each post. (I would add more my next go around though.) I separated the pieces after looping knotting them which helps cut down on how much is lost while brushing.
I liked doing one row at a time so that I could knot-separate-brush-straighten and not overwork my hand. Here is a good tutorial on just brushing out yarn.
- If you are going to use a straightener/flat-iron do so on the lowest setting possible. You don’t want to burn your yarn!
- Most tutorials recommend a slicker brush but I found that my coarse round hairbrush worked just as well. Your mileage may vary.
- I used acrylic yarn for my tail.
- I used two different lengths/colors of yarn because I wanted to give mine a little more depth and a natural look. This is totally optional. Go nuts!
- If your tail get rumpled up during use detangler and gentle brushing will help.
- Here is a good tutorial on the braid-n-sew method.
Alrighty folks! I hope this helps. I’ll try to answer any questions I can.