It’s hard not to feel thrilled when you finish your crochet masterpiece and just snip off the ends. Do not succumb to the temptation. You’ll need to weave in the yarn ends carefully if you want your work to survive a long time – and appear professional.

Weaving in your ends is simple. It’s so simple that it might become tedious after a while. While watching a movie or listening to an audiobook, I enjoy weaving in my crochet ends.

While weaving in ends doesn’t require much time or effort, this must be done correctly to avoid the ends poking out or unraveling. And how you do it depends on several factors, including the sort of crochet stitch you use and whether or not your creation includes seams.

Try out these three different ways to weave in your crochet ends.

1. Weave your way through your stitches.

Run that needle through a few stitches, then switch directions and weave it in the opposite direction. Going up and down and side to side will assist in securing the baby. Always incorporate on the wrong side of the work when you’re weaving. If you’re working with anything without a bad side, like a scarf, just try to hide the ends as much as you can.

2. Finish the stitches by whipstitching them together.


On the backside of the piece, whipstitch around the stitches. To demonstrate how the whipstitch looks, I used the pink yarn above. Of course, when weaving, you’d usually use the same color yarn. Use the same method as weaving directly into the stitches, altering directions as needed to secure the finish.

3. Crochet while weaving.

Crochet with the loose end of your yarn doubled up in your hand. When crocheting with the same color, this works wonderfully. (I’m not sure whether carrying a pink thread and a yellow yarn is a style you’re looking for!) It’s also a relief to complete a project and have the majority of the loose ends tied up.

Weaving in the ends: some general advice

  • I’ll sometimes pull my end taut, snip it off, and then let it spring back into the stitches to make sure it’s completely covered — and to avoid cutting too close to the piece. What if you missed the project by accident?
  • Before blocking, don’t forget to weave in the ends. This double-checks that everything is in position and that the shape is maintained after securing. This double-checks that everything is in place and preserves the shape after blocking.
  • Use seams to your advantage if your piece includes them. Weave the yarn in and out of the seam, where no one will be able to notice it. Weave the yarn in and out of the seam, which will be invisible.

Of all, weaving in ends is just one of several basic crochet techniques that a novice should know. Check out Kim Werker’s Crochet: Basics and Beyond lesson if you need even more basic guidance — or simply a refresher. Kim will show you how to crochet granny squares and all of the basic stitches. 

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