To finish your crochet project, one of the most important steps you will need to know how to do is weaving in the ends of the yarn. By weaving in the ends of your yarn, you will ensure that your project will not become unraveled when you are either washing it or wearing it.
However, since there is so much focus on the other aspects of crocheting, people often overlook this necessary finishing step. So, we will go into detail on how to do this process so you know exactly how to do it yourself.
This technique is actually pretty simple, so we should make it pretty simple to understand.
What Does Weaving In The Ends Mean?
Weaving in your ends in crocheting is a technique which needs to be done to secure the looser ends of your yarn when you are finishing a crocheting project. This will stop your yarn from getting unraveled or coming loose over time.
This will make your crochet project look neat and tidy. While there are plenty of different ways to weave in your ends in crocheting, however, this tutorial will focus on the easiest way to learn.
While learning how to weave in your ends in crocheting might seem like quite an awkward process, it is something which you cannot skip and need to do at the end of all of your crocheting projects.
This will make sure that your project will last, whether this is when you are washing it, or when you are wearing it. Since crocheting is so time consuming, this is something you want to do to ensure that your project will survive.
Some people will instead just use a knot at the end of their yarn, and this is not the best method recommended for finishing your project.
The main reason for this is that your knots could quite easily come undone over time, and they will also create a bump which can make crocheted clothes very uncomfortable to wear.
However, if you instead use the more secure method of weaving in your ends, this will be smooth and will not have any chance of coming loose.
What Supplies You Need
All you will need to weave in your ends while crocheting is your finished project and then a tapestry needle, you can sometimes find these labelled as a darning needle, or as a yarn needle.
For most crocheters, they will choose to weave in their ends before they block and seam, however, some do it before seaming but after blocking.
How To Weave In The Ends
Once you have your tapestry needle ready, you can start to weave in your ends. Firstly, you will want to cut your yarn after the last stitch and leave at least 6 inches of your yarn for weaving in.
Then you want to thread the end of this last tail of yarn through your tapestry needle. While weaving in the ends for crocheting is mostly seamless, you will want to weave in the end on the side which will not be showing as much.
Generally speaking, you will be weaving the ends horizontally along the base of your stitching, or sometimes, vertically down through your taller stitches.
You will aim to be working up and then down, and then side to side, you want to change your direction a couple of times at least to make sure your ends will not be falling out.
The first proper stage of the weaving process is to weave your yarn through some of your stitches horizontally. You are aiming to weave it through a dense base of some single crochet stitches, this will make it less visible to anyone looking out for it.
Once you have done this you want to change your direction and run the needle through some vertical stitches instead. Then once again change the direction back into a horizontal direction.
Once you are happy with how much you have woven in, you want to pull on your yarn and make it snug, then cut the tail of your yarn as close to the surface of your fabric as possible.
Once you stretch out your fabric again, this will hide your fabric. You can repeat this process with all of your loose ends.
You can actually do this process with a crochet hook if you are unable to find a tapestry needle, this will be a little more difficult than it would be with a tapestry needle, but if you cannot find one, you should be able to make this work.
It is also worth noting that if you are weaving multiple colors, then you will likely need to weave the ends for each color separately, so the colors do not get woven into an area where they will be visible. Keep this in mind when working on projects with plenty of different colors.
Also, if your yarn is more bulky, and especially if it is super bulky, this is harder to hide with weaving in the ends, however, you can fix this by splitting them into plies, and then all you have to do is split each of these plies separately,
Summary – Tips On Weaving In The Ends
- You will want to try and use a tapestry needle if you want your results to look as professional and neat as possible, but if you are not as worried about this, you can use a crochet hook.
- You want to weave your yarn in and then out of your fabric in as many different directions as possible to get the most secure results.
- When carrying out the process, you want to ensure the yarn is not woven in too tightly, if you do this your yarn is likely to pucker up your fabric.
- If you are using multiple different colors, you will want to weave in the ends of each color separately from each other, this will ensure that the final results are as invisible as possible and nothing you do not want to show is showing.