Weave Those Pesky Ends In with Ease

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Knitting | Comments


Weaving in ends is a necessary– and for some, an evil– part of any knitting projects. I however, love weaving in ends and I attribute that to the fact that I’ve finally learned how to do it so that the ends don’t poke through the right side of my project.

Here I will show you how to weave those pesky ends in almost any situation.

Here I have a swatch with which I am using a contrasting color of yarn for easy visibility. I’ve threaded two ends through to the wrong side of my swatch to simulate the joining of a new skein.

Step 1:

Cross the two ends as you would to tie. You will want to pull the ends taut but now so tight that it makes the fabric fold.

Blue Knit Rectangle with Single Thread

Blue Knit Rectangle with Single Thread Tied

Step 2:

Thread one end onto a tapestry needle. Begin working the yarn in a duplicate stitch on the wrong side of your work. Do this for several stitches.

Tapestry Needle Through Two Knit Stitches

Work

Step 3:

Carefully thread the yarn back through the stitches just worked taking care to slide the needle between the fabric and the duplicate stitches.

Tapestry Needle in Project, a Few Stitches

Step 4:

Skipping the first stitch bar, thread the yarn back through the same stitches. This is what is going to make sure your ends stay in place and hidden.

Step 4: Threading Yarn Back Through

Step 5:

Repeat for the other end.

Project with Repeat Stitch on Both Ends

You’ll see that besides the white stitch, the ends woven in are virtually invisible!

Front of Project with Only Small White Stitch Showing

I prefer to weave in ends, block my piece, and then snip the excess yarn. This way the fabric has a chance to relax and settle first. I find this also aides in keeping the yarn from popping to the front of your work. Though be sure not to snip the yarn too close to the base.

Finished Knit Project

Once you get the hand of this, I think you’ll find something oddly satisfying about weaving in ends. Maybe you’ll even enjoy it!

Do you love or hate finishing work on your knits?

Comments

  1. Cassy says:

    I love this! I’ve never woven in ends like that before, but it looks like a very neat way to do it.

  2. I hate finishing my knit but I have learned the necessity of finishing so I just do it as soon as the knitting is finished. And am very satisfied.

  3. Marjorie says:

    Great idea for weaving ends. I do something similar, but hadn’t thought to actually use duplicate stitch. It’s the perfect solution. Thanks for the tip.

  4. Tamara says:

    This is the method I use almost exclusively. The only difference is that whenever I can, I split the plies and weave them in separately, either 1 or 2 at a time. It’s less bulky and provides a much smoother fabric — no little slubs. Yes, I know it’s more time consuming but I find that it’s well worth it.

  5. Rhonda says:

    I love it; gives me a sense of accomplishment work is finished and how great it will look…thanks for the weaving tip; I’ll try it!

  6. Stacey Maxwell says:

    thank you for this great advice.

  7. Spalover says:

    I have a tote bag that I knitted the strap a little too long, i thought i’d take one end off and cut it back a bit…but I can’t find the woven in end! Doing a good job can sometimes be a bad thng, LOL.