Weaving in your ends can be a bummer. But try not to let it get you down! After all, your project is almost done. There's light at the end of this messy little tunnel! Let's walk through each step needed to weave those tails in.
When I first started crocheting, I was very confused by all of the articles and books I read. How could knots not be secure? They're knots! I was just supposed to weave the yarn in and out and somehow that works? Well, turns out an overhand knot (which is what the vast majority of people would do) is not very secure. Especially when you trim the end of the yarn close to the knot. I promise that you don't want to go this route.
What's more is weaving in the ends, the right way, is exactly what you should do to keep your piece, well, in one piece. Let me show you how! This tutorial includes video, written and photo tutorials so keep scrolling to find what works for you!
- The project
- Tapestry (yarn, or bent) needle
First, you want to begin by cutting a tail end of 6-8" (or about 15-20 cm). Next, you'll thread the yarn on to the tapestry needle.
Note: Please be sure to use only a blunt needle. Using a sewing needle will almost certainly damage the yarn, and potentially the quality of your finished project.
After that you'll weave the yarn in and out of the fabric. The goal here is to camouflage the tail end within the fabric. You want work the yarn in and out of the rows in a way that follows that stitch pattern. You begin by weaving one inch down the side edge of the fabric. Then you reverse directions and go back up. To really make sure it's locked in, you reverse directions once more for about an inch of weaving.
Lastly, I "lose the yarn" across the width of a row. I do this by weaving about an inch into the row. You can now remove the needle. Next, I pull the yarn a little bit too tight and then trim the end. After that all you need to do is correct the tension by making sure your piece lies flat. The end should disappear within the fabric.
Following these steps creates a finished project that is free of bulges or unsightly knots. It is also more secure and will stand up to washing. Please like and share if you've found this helpful!