If you’re learning how to crochet, you’ll know that there are a LOT of different things for you to get to grips with.
If you’ve just come to the end of your very first project (congrats!), you’ll now need to tidy up all of those loose ends and ‘fasten off’ the shape, so you can get it looking clean and polished.
Fastening off is the final step of your project, and thankfully, a pretty simple one. In this post, we’ll be introducing you to this simple technique, and showing you how to weave all of those loose ends securely through your needle.
What Does It Mean to ‘Fasten Off’?
In crochet, to ‘fasten off’ means to secure the stitches in your crocheted fabric to ensure they don’t unravel. Before you start fastening off, you’ll need to cut your yarn.
However, the length of the yarn tail you leave behind will depend on the pattern you’re following.
Some patterns require a much longer yarn tail that can be used to stitch the final pieces together. This is often the case with clothing or even amigurumi pieces.
However, even if your pattern doesn’t require a long tail, you’ll still need to leave a little bit of length behind, so don’t cut all the way to the edges of your fabric.
Follow the instructions on your pattern closely for more information.
How To Fasten Off Your Crochet
Once you’ve followed your pattern and trimmed the ends of your yarn, you’re ready to fasten off. This technique is SUPER simple, and it can be completed in just a few steps!
With the ends of your trimmed yarn, simply yarn over with your crochet hook and thread the whole of the yarn through the loop that’s already on your hook.
Once you’ve pulled the yarn tail through the loop, it will tighten up and create a small knot at the end of your work. This will prevent the yarn from unraveling.
How To Weave In Your Yarn Ends
If you can complete the steps above, congratulations! You’ve successfully fastened off your yarn.
Whether you’re creating socks, a hat, a blanket, or something else, you’ll always have some yarn ends that need to be weaved in.
However, the way you weave these ends will depend on the pattern you’re following, and the project you’re working on. Here are a few different ways to weave in your yarn ends for different projects.
If you’re working on a flat crocheted item, you’ll need to gently weave your tails into your stitches.
Thread your yarn tails through a separate needle, and weave it through the center of your final row of stitches. You don’t need to go through every single stitch, so just weave through a few!
Once you’ve pushed your needle through a few stitches, be careful not to pull it too tightly. This can change the shape of your work, and make your stitches either too tight or too loose in some places.
With your needle in place, skip one stitch and pull your needle back through the center of the same stitches, and work your way backward in the same direction you started with.
To be on the safe side, you can repeat this process once more – just like before, skip another stitch and work back through the same stitches, going in the same direction you went through the first time.
Once your needle is through all the right stitches, you can go ahead and chop the yarn tail, trimming it as close as possible to your project. This will disguise the ends of the tail completely inside your project.
Don’t forget to weave in the tail you started with – repeat the steps above until all of your tails are hidden inside your project.
Note: This technique for fastening off can be applied to any project where you’ve been crocheting back and forth in rows.
Fastening Off Amigurumi
When you’re working on an amigurumi project (or any 3D shape), the process is a little different. You’ll probably be advised to use some of your yarn ends to sew the pieces together.
When you want to hide the yarn tails of your amigurumi, thread each tail onto a separate needle, and thread it through the stitch positioned next to your exposed tail.
Then, gently pull your needle through any other exposed stitch, in the opposite direction from the way you inserted the needle.
Now, pull your yarn tail as tight as possible, and when it’s secure, you can go ahead and cut it close to where the tail is exposed.
How To Fasten Off When Crocheting A Round
If you’re crocheting a round, crochet to the end (see also: How To Weave Ends In Crochet)of a row, and finish up the row with a neat slip stitch (sl st). Then, take your hook out of your last loop, and thread your yarn tail through the exposed loop.
Make sure you pull it tightly and close to the loop so it forms a small knot. Then, with your yarn needle, hide the exposed tail between the stitches.
If you don’t like this method, you can also do a needle join. Stop crocheting on the last stitch of the row. Cut the yarn, and thread your tail end through a separate needle, like a tapestry needle.
Sew the first and last stitches of the row together in the form of a crochet stitch. Finally, hide any remaining tail in the stitch and sew it through your work.
Once you’ve learned how to fasten off, you’ll be able to successfully complete a crochet project from start to finish!
Thankfully, fastening off is a simple process, and by following the methods above, you can fasten off any project in just a few minutes – even if you’re a complete beginner!