How to Weave in Ends
Now that you’ve created a beautiful item, what do you do with the yarn that’s left dangling? Learning how to weave in ends is crucial to the longevity of your crochet items. There is nothing worse than spending hours making a hat, only to have it unravel on the first wash. This tutorial will show you one way to tie off your tails and weave in your ends (my preferred method), but at the bottom of this article you will find videos showing other methods of weaving in ends. Use whatever method you like best!
What is a tail?
A tail is the term used to describe the yarn that is left over once you cut it from your skein. It is important to work away your yarn tails so that your project won’t unravel. Most crocheters will agree that this is the most boring part of crochet, but it’s extremely necessary.
What you will need
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If you have a large project with multiple tails, it is best to weave them in as you go. This is because you don’t want to sit there for hours getting rid of these pesky tails after you have “finished” your pattern. Best to weave them in as you go, that way when you have completed your project you will be mostly done with that last stitch.
Weaving in Your Tails of Yarn
I am using my Single Crochet Dishcloth pattern as an example for weaving in my ends.
1. Thread your yarn onto your needle
Note on the yarn needle: Some people prefer to use blunt needles to sew in their tails. I personally prefer to use sharper needles so that my yarn is weaved between the projects yarn. I feel like this adds extra security to my ends, but neither method is incorrect.
2. Run Your Needle Horizontally
Then you want to run your need through the posts of at least 5 stitches to either the left or right (more stitches is fine but 5 really is the minimum). Make sure that you are working through the back of your work if at all possible (sometimes with things like amigurumi you have no option but to work in the front of your stitches).
Pull your strand all the way through. Pull hard enough that your yarn doesn’t leave an indent under your projects yarn but not hard enough that it pulls on the project and creates a distortion in your project. Once all the way through I like to tug on my worked yarn to relax it a little bit so that the tail isn’t weave in too tightly.
At this point you have a few options. Some people end their tail here by cutting the yarn, however, over time your project will undoubtedly unravel. A better option is to work back and forth a few times to make sure that your yarn ends don’t come undone. Something that I like to do that is shown below is to begin weaving in a vertical position.
3. Run Your Needle Vertically
So after weaving my ends in a horizontal direction first, I then decided to continue in a vertical position. This works well with dense projects that use small hooks (such as amigurumi) because you don’t end up with “lumpy” stitches.
4. Cut Yarn
Cut off your yarn close to your finished project. Be careful not to accidentally cut the stitches on your item. Continue to do this with all yarn tails throughout your project.
That is the method I personally like to use to get rid of my yarn tails. Remember not all methods are created equal and can vary from project to project. A more breathable, or lacy, garment won’t use this specific method of weaving.
Here is a popular video showing you how to finish off and weave in your tails.