Sunday, July 29, 2012

How to fasten off ends...

Have you ever heard that song with Nicole Scherzinger from the Pussy Cat Dolls singing "I hate this part right here..."??? Well, I hate this part right here - fastening off ends, weaving in, securing, finishing off! That is no secret. I drag it. And I have done short cuts in previous WiP's. And I have learned from my mistakes. And I am not taking any risks anymore. So I thought I would share my version of this terribly boring job that is a part of the joyful and wonderful creative art crochet.

"I hate this part right here..."

To do a rough securing of my ends while working on a project, I fasten off my ends with a slip stitch. I then cut off and leave about 5-6 inches/12-14 cm of yarn. I take my hook under the next stitch and bring the thread through and then I bring the thread back under the loops in the next stitch. Later when I join a new yarn I weave in the end with 2-3 stitches, trebles (UK) in this case as this is a granny square. And then I leave my end until I am ready to secure it for life!!!
I use a neat and small tapestry needle with a large oval shaped eye.

Sew in your ends under the stitches of the back of your work, preferably back and forth a few times.

Cut off the yarn close to your work.

Massage your cluster a bit to soften it up and - VOILA - you can't see anything at the front of your work.
I always use a small and neat tapestry needle with a large oval shaped eye. I simply sew in my end not just once but three times, back and forth like in the pictures above. And then I cut off the end. I massage the cluster* a little bit to make it soft and nice and - VOILA. Done! Your weaved in ends doesn't show at all from the front of your work. :D

Well, that is it. Thought it would be fun to share. You may do it in a different way and I am always interested to here your version as mine is a bit... Time consuming.

Another tips for you if you like me "Hate this part right here!" is to fasten off as I go. Not one square at the time but after lets say 10 or 15 squares I take an hour and fasten off all ends before continuing. It makes a huge difference. Especially on big granny square projects like blankets.

Now it is time for dinner making. Lamb skewers, cous-cous and tsatziki. Yum! Next post will be my Granny Stool Tutorial. Stay tuned!


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  1. I am SO with you on this. I don't why I can't stand weaving in ends, but I can't. I try to do a couple at a time, and then reward myself with more crochet. I think I go through the stitches more than 3 times, on the whole, especially if I'm making something for a baby, where I really want the ends to be secure. Maybe I'll cut down to 3 on other projects. Good idea, thanks!

  2. Very well explained, Annette, especially with the explicit photos to see the details. This is so helpful as we can make or break a lovely crocheted item by the way we finish it off! Thanks!
    Looking forward to seeing the stool tutorial! You're such a busy bee!

  3. Can I come for dinner?? :) Great little tutorial on weaving in ends, which I also DO NOT like to do! xoxo Debbie

  4. This is perfect information, my ends tend to slip out.

  5. BEAUTIFUL! But what if (you know there is always someone who has a "what if"!!!), I am crocheting in rows, do you have a way you secure those stitches? I currently complete my row, leave a long tail, and then crochet over the tail with my new row. While easy, I really don't like leaving the yarn (feeling) unsecured and then there is the end of the tail that always pops through your work. I'm sure there is a better way . . . I've let to find it. Any suggestions would be much appreciated! Thank you for your kindness and for sharing your fantastic work! <3


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