I don't know how to knit, and it has been years since I picked up a crochet hook, but I just made myself a scarf from yarn. I was brave enough to try it because the only skill required is knowing how to try a knot. The pattern for this scarf came from Martha Stewart, and if I can make it I believe anyone can.The directions for the project said to use bulky weight yarn. This is the yarn I chose, mostly because I liked the color. I think it is not as bulky as the project intended, but I don't have much experience with yarns.
After some trial and error, I ended up cutting 24 pieces of yarn, then dividing them into 4 bunches of 6 strands each. I read some of the comments on the site, and apparently if the yarn is thinner, you will need more strands in each bunch.
Then you need to pin the two knots to a foam board. Knot the inner two bunches together, spacing the knot about 1 inch from the existing knots, then knot the left and right bunches together. Alternate knotting the inner bunches and the left and right ones, spacing knots evenly apart, until about 6 inches of yarn remains on the end. Finish so that the final knots mirror opposite end, and trim to even the fringe ends.
One additional thing I did was to add an extra bunch of fringe in the center on each end. I cut 6 more strands of yarn and looped them through so there would be three bunches of fringe on each end.