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HOW TO Save Hours Weaving in Ends

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SAVE HOURS WEAVING IN ENDS


Have you ever been frustrated after you have finished crocheting a BIG project? – you have to weave in all the ends!
I have a great solution to this that have saved me literally HOURS of weaving in ends.

 

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Save hours weaving in ends

 

WHEN TO USE IT?


BIG PROJECTS WITH LONG ROWS OR ROUNDS:

This is usually works best in projects that have long rows or rounds. But can be used for smaller projects as well, more on that further down.

I especially use this technique when crocheting my sweater designs – as they usually have those long rows.

Have you not seen my sweaters yet? Have a look at the crochet patterns for my sweater designs here.

 

SMALLER PROJECTS:

But I’ve also found that it’s really useful on some smaller projects as well, such as granny squares. 

I used this technique when crocheting the Clover Leaf Granny Square and the Ferris Wheel Granny Square

 

SAVE TIME WEAVING IN ENDS:


I think this technique is one of the best ways to make sure you save time. 

It is also a bigger pleasure to finish the huge projects as you don’t need to spend hours weaving in those ends.

Instead you can start your brand new project you are so excited about! If you are looking for something new, there’s hundreds of free crochet patterns linked.

 

THIS IS HOW I DO IT:


What you need to do is to crochet “over” the ends – while crocheting. This means that you let the yarn tail follow along with you when crocheting.

When my skein of yarn is coming to an end, I start crocheting “over” the yarn tail from my next skein of yarn.

In this way the yarn tail of the next skein is already weaved in when I start crocheting with it.

What this means is that your crochet stitch will go over BOTH your stitch from the last row AND the yarn tail.

When you change skein, you crochet in the skein you have just finished. Then you have literally NO ends to weave in. AMAZING!

There is some technique to doing this. You have to get used to hold the crochet project in a way that keeps the yarn ends running along with it. But when you get used to it, it will save you hours!

 

HOW TO Save Hours Weaving in Ends
Showing step by step how the yellow yarn tail are fastened by crocheting OVER it.

 

HOW LONG SHOULD THE ENDS BE?


A question you might have: How long should my ends be?

My answer is: it depends.  I feel that the more “wooly” your yarn is – the shorter the ends can be.

Give a length a try & see if they pop out. Usually they won’t.

However if you have a really smooth yarn, such as mercerized cotton, you could use a  needle & weave in the final little end to secure it from slipping out.

 

MULTICOLORED PROJECTS:


This technique will on both single colored and multicolored projects.,

But you just have to be smart – and weave in the ends so that wrong color don’t show.

This will need a little extra brain power to work out, but you can still figure it out. All those granny square projects may have a much shorter “weaving in ends” time than before.

 

Have you tried it yet?

Put it on your to-do list for you next project & let me know what you think!
 

FREE PATTERNS TO TEST THE STRATEGY:


So as I mentioned earlier one of my favorite ways to save hours weaving in ends are on my sweater patterns. You can find all FREE clothing patterns here

 

Related: How to Join Yarn: 4 ways

 

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32 thoughts on “HOW TO Save Hours Weaving in Ends”

  1. This is what I’ve always done…and the reason I can’t understand when people talk about how they’re done with their project except for weaving in the ends. When I’m done with a project, I’m done. Except if I’m going to block it.

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    • Hi,
      It’s going to be a picture tutorial some day soon. I’ve just not had the opportunity to take the pictures & then write out the tutorial.
      I’m hoping you’ll check back to look for it.
      In the meantime I’m hoping that reading the written tutorial will give you at least some idea on how to do it. It’s really written as detailed as possible.

      Ennajk

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  2. This is the way I’ve always done it and felt like I wasn’t a ‘true’ crocheter when I heard people were using a needle to weave in ends once project is complete. Yes, dear crocheting friends, this is the simplest way to NOT have ends to weave in.

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  3. I do this mostly, but I do weave in the tail again in the reverse direction to secure it better

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  4. This is the way I was taught to crochet by my grandmother 40 years ago. It’s great and I use it on all my multi-skein projects.

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  5. I just don’t understand what you do with the ends. I tried it, but what I am doing just isn’t working. Any pictures of this?

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      • If my yarn allows I usually do a Russian join in an inconspicuous place. But otherwise I don’t mind sewing in ends as it gives me peace of mind nothing is going to unravel!

        It depends on the project though. I made a C2C blanket two years ago, it was 10ft by 5ft by the time I’d finished and I had less than 90 ends to sew in from carrying the yarn as much as possible (it was a union jack flag in red white and blue). I’ve seen smaller projects with hundreds of ends and it makes me cringe lol.

        My mum is a knitter and she carries the yarn when adding a new ball, however these do start to come out after a few wears and washing so it makes me conscious to sew mine in.

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  6. I also do something similar. I pull the old tail through the loop along with the new yarn then I weave the old tail along the back loop of the row I just worked. Then I weave the tail of the new yarn in the back loop of the row I will work. The colors dont show on the front of the work and I dont have to worry about weaving in the ends.

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  7. I have used this technique before, too. I have one question: Has anyone ever had a problem with a crocheted end working its way loose and coming undone? I always have a nagging little fear that this might happen, so l usually take a tapestry needle and sew in a little bit of the end, just to weave it through the yarn threads to tangle the threads up. I realize I’m defeating the purpose by doing that, but that’s just me! 😉

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  8. Hi Janne. I too crochet in the ends to join yarn, although usually I do so over both ends held together. Perhaps I might try your way for more bulky yarn. Holding these ends down isn’t really tricky for me, as I hold my work as I was taught by my mother who was in turn taught by her nana (grandma). I wind the wool differently around my fingers than most books recommend, so that I am controlling the yarn with the middle finger of my left hand (instead of my forefinger), leaving my forefinger and thumb free to grip my piece of crochet and the ends with no difficulty at all.x

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