I have a theory. It goes a little something like this:
A crocheter's or a knitter's level of skill is inversely proportional to the likelihood of his/her knitting or crocheting a garment composed almost entirely of fringe.
Fringe has the benefit of hiding any number of flaws, which can be alluring to a beginner. But then there's the downside of fringe-based clothing-- namely, that you usually end up looking something like this:
Fringe. In its place, it's a thoroughly acceptable way to add a little pizazz to your knitting or crochet project. You could even say that it's a time-honored tradition. However, if you don't exercise a little restraint, your hard work might end up resembling the shaggy pelt of an abominable snowman.