How To Weave In the Ends Of Yarn Tails On Your Crochet Projects
Weaving In the Ends On Your Crochet Projects
Why Use It?
Whether at the end of a project or at a yarn join in the middle of a project, the tail must be woven in to prevent the stitches from unraveling. Weaving the tail in securely prevents that tail from slipping out and causing a hole down the line.
We have worked quite a few repair jobs where a family heirloom blanket or garment looks moth eaten in spots because of holes. In just about every case, the holes were caused by a tail slipping out and stitches coming undone as a result.
To Work Today's Tutorial
Here's a list of materials we used to make the swatch for today's Weaving In the Ends tutorial. While you can, of course, use any materials you have on hand, these materials listed are what we recommend you use while you are learning.
Worsted Weight, 100% Pure Wool
H-8/5.00mm Crochet Hook
Foundation Double Crochet (Fdc): Ch 3, yo insert hook in 3rd ch from hook, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 1 loop (first “chain” made), (yo and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice (first dc made), * insert hook under 2 loops of the “chain” just made, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 1 loop (“chain” made), (yo and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice (dc); repeat from * for indicated number of foundation stitches.
NOTE: For a refresher on Foundation Stitches, check out these two step-by-step tutorials:
How to make the Foundation Single Crochet Stitch
How to make the Foundation Half Double Crochet Stitch
Double Crochet (dc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st, yarn over and draw up a loop (3 loops on hook), (yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice.
First Double Crochet (First-dc): Here's a step-by-step tutorial for the First-dc stitch technique.
Foundation Row: 10 Fdc, turn.
Row 1: Make First-dc, dc in next st and in each st to end of row, turn.
Row 2–6: Repeat Row 1.
Fasten off (leaving approximately 6" tail).
Block your swatch so it lays nice and flat then we're ready to weave in our ends!
Break It Down
For our tutorial today, we will be using a swatch of Double Crochet (dc) stitches but the principle remains the same regardless of the stitch pattern: Follow the outline.
Whether you are weaving in ends on a lace swatch or a solid panel of sc-v crochet stitches, if you weave in your ends by following the outline of the stitches, you'll have a nearly invisible result.
All that's left to do now is pull the end of your yarn tail just a TEENY bit further out of the end of the fabric and SNIP off the excess yarn. Gently finger block everything back into place and the cut end of the yarn tail should disappear completely!
A Final Word… Or Two…
PRO TIP: We always recommend blocking your swatches and finished projects BEFORE you weave in your ends. If you weave in your ends first, you might end up with some tails popping out as you shape and stretch the fabric into the final dimensions needed.
The key to weaving in the tails of your yarn in ANY crochet fabric is to use your yarn needle to follow the outline of the stitches. Yes, if there are a lot of tails to weave in, it can take a little while. But, hey, it's all part of the making process. You can't cook without washing some dishes and you can crochet or knit without weaving in at least the starting and ending tails. Enjoy the process! And practice! The more you do this, the better you will become and soon weaving in ends will just be another step in your process to making the most beautiful handmade projects you possibly can.
Be sure to check back next week… we're going to weave in the ends on knit fabrics!
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