When you finish your crochet project, it's hard not to get excited and just tie a knot, and snip off those yarn ends. Resist the urge! If you want your piece to last a long time and look neat, you need to properly weave in your ends.
It's easy — so easy, in fact, that it can actually get a little tedious. I like to weave in my crochet ends while I watch a movie or listen to an audiobook. (Because: multitasking!)
While weaving in ends doesn't take a lot of time or concentration, you need to do it correctly in order to make sure the ends don't poke out or unravel. The method you choose can depend on a lot of things, from what type of crochet stitch you're using to whether your project has seams or not.
So grab your tapestry needle and test these three options!
1. Weave Through the Stitches
Run that needle through a couple stitches, change directions and run it vertically, then weave it in the opposite direction. Going up and down and side to side will help to lock that baby in.
Remember to always weave on the wrong side of the work. If you're working with something like a scarf that doesn't have a wrong side, just do your best to hide the ends as much as possible.
2. Whipstitch the Stitches
Whipstitch around the stitches on the wrong side of the work. (I've used pink yarn above instead of yellow just to show you how that looks.) Use the same technique you would if you were weaving right into the stitches, changing directions to secure the end as much as possible.
3. Weave as You Crochet
Double up your yarn and take the loose end with you as you crochet. This works well if you're crocheting with the same color. (Carrying a pink yarn with a yellow yarn might look awesome, but I doubt it's the look you're going for!) It's also a relief to finish a project and have most of the ends already taken care of.
More Weaving Wisdom
- Sometimes, once I'm done weaving, I like to pull my end taut, snip it off and then let it spring back into the stitches just to make sure it's really hidden in there — and because I don't want to risk cutting too close to the piece. Could you imagine accidentally cutting the project? Heart attack.
- Remember to weave the ends in before you block. This makes doubly sure that everything stays in place and keeps its shape after blocking.
- If your piece has seams in it, use them to your advantage. Weave the yarn in and out of the seam, where it's guaranteed that no one will ever spot it.