Weave in ends

Also known as: working in ends


Even the smallest projects have two ends of yarn that need to be secured and hidden from view (the cast-on and cast-off tail ends). Larger projects that use more than one length of yarn introduce further free ends of yarn, and colour work adds yet more.

One of the processes for securing these yarn ends is weaving in.

How to do it

There are many ways of securing the ends of yarn. Some address the issue as the fabric is made, while others are done as one of the final stages of the project.

I find it useful to place the methods into three categories.

  • Avoiding loose ends by joining the yarns before knitting with them.
  • Securing loose ends as part of forming the stitches of the fabric (for example by using the method for catching floats in colour knitting).
  • Sewing in the loose ends when the fabric is finished.

Whichever method you use, to make sure that the ends are not pulled loose as you work with the fabric, you should not cut off any remaining excess yarn until you have dressed (blocked) the final fabric.

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