Weaving in the Ends – Crochet Basics

Once you’ve finished the crochet project, there are two steps left. This step is called weaving in the ends.
Once you finish your last stitch, pull the loop out and leave several inches of loose tail when you cut the yarn. The reason you want to leave some length is that when you weave it into the fabric, you’ll be on securing the final stitch and hiding the tail. This gives the project a cleaner, more polished look.
You can weave in the ends with the crochet hook, or a yarn needle. I prefer the yarn needle, because it’s a little easier to work with.
There are many different ways to weave in the ends, and each one has its merits. As I’ve learned how to crochet, I’ve experimented with various techniques, and found that some work better than others in certain situations.
To demonstrate the two ways I usually weave in my ends, I’ll use one of the coasters I put together last week.
Finishing an Outer Edge
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.

Once finished, you shouldn’t be able to tell where you wove the end in, unless you know where to look and examine the piece closely.

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.

There you have it! My two favorite methods of weaving in the yarn. You can’t tell where the ends were woven in, and the piece has only one step before it’s complete.

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.

Here are previous entries in this series:
Four Basic Crochet Abbreviations
What are yo, hdc and dc?
Learn How to Crochet the Magic Circle or Ring

I should probably compile these links in one place, huh?

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