When weaving in the ends, always work on the wrong side, which just means the side the viewer ordinarily won’t see when the project is in use.
Thread your yarn needle with the yarn, and slip the needle into the stitch next to the last one you completed, as sown in the picture below.
Pull the yarn through and repeat the same motion in the next stitch from the right side of the fabric. Continue the cycle for several stitches, or until you only have half of the tail left. At that point, repeat the process in the opposite direction.
By back sewing, you’re adding extra reinforcement, and ensuring the yarn won’t pull loose by accident. Once you get to the end of the yarn, stretch the fabric. If a little yarn sticks out of the fabric, trim it.
Weaving In the Center
If you change colors, need to add extra yarn or followed a pattern involving the magic circle, you’ll have loose ends within the project. While you can use the above method to weave them in, I prefer to do something slightly different.
Instead of sewing through the fabric, I slip my needle into the “V” of the stitch closest to the tail on the back of the fabric, like so:
I then continue that pattern for several stitches. Once I’m comfortable with the number of stitches I’ve completed, I skip the last stitch I did, and continue the process in the opposite direction. Again, this reinforces the fabric.
Like with the method above, stretch the fabric to expose any loose ends and snip those close to the fabric.
I’m not sure if I’ll have the next installation of Crochet Basics ready for next Monday, due to the convention, but whether it’s next Monday or the one after, I’ll cover blocking.
I should probably compile these links in one place, huh?