5.16.2013

Finishing the Job: How to Finish or End a Crochet Piece

Lately I have helped a number of beginners learn to crochet.  I have noticed a tendency that I had rather forgotten about, but which I remember having when I too was a beginner.  What tendency?

To cut off ends really short after tying a knot.

So, I would like today to address the issue of finishing the job.

How to Fasten Off a Crochet Project:

When you have gotten to the end of your pattern or project, what do you do next?

Going back towards the skein, at least 6 inches (15 cm) away from where you are working, cut your yarn.

How to finish a crochet project or weave in ends. Tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio


Wrap the yarn around your hook and pull it through the loop just as if you were making a chain.

How to finish a crochet project or weave in ends. Tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio




Now, keep pulling it through, making the loop bigger, until you pull it all the way through.

How to finish a crochet project or weave in ends. Tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Pull that end tight.

How to finish a crochet project or weave in ends. Tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

You don't need to tie any other knots in it.

How to Weave in Ends in a Crochet Piece:

Thread your end onto a blunt yarn needle.

How to finish a crochet project or weave in ends. Tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Turn your project wrong side out and run your yarn needle under the threads and loops along the back, taking care not to take your needle to the right side of your fabric.  You don't want the end you're "weaving in" to show up on that side.

How to finish a crochet project or weave in ends. Tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio


It is best to weave in the end in multiple directions.

How to finish a crochet project or weave in ends. Tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio




I have seen others suggest running your needle back through the yarn end to help secure it.  This is done by poking the needle between the plies of the yarn that you've already woven in.

How to finish a crochet project or weave in ends. Tutorial by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

If those ends are really slippery, and they won't stay put, then you can use a dab of fabric glue (non-washable) to hold them in place. This is not ideal, but better than having your project come undone.

Why should I finish my crochet piece this way?

Why is this the way to do it?  If you tie a knot and cut your end off short, chances are it is going to come undone in the wash or when undergoing the stresses of being worn, and then unravel.  In addition, it is also unsightly, and there is no way to hide it (see below).



Long ends are much better than short ends!  This is also true for your beginning end, which needs to be at least 6 inches (15 cm) long as well.

Hopefully I have helped someone finish a project well.  I know that I did not understand this as a beginner.  Hopefully, you will learn it quicker than I did.

Looking for other crochet tutorials? Look here:

How to begin a circular crochet project

How to make pictures or words in your crochet project with intarsia

How to make post stitches

How to use Russian joins when joining in a new skein of yarn

What things did you not "get" or understand when you were a new crocheter? What things did you learn along the way? What do you want to learn about crochet?

Happy Stitching!

April


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