Imagine that you just finished a hat that you have been working on for days, you quickly finish it off and decide to wear it to work the next day. Excitedly, you rise the next morning and pick out the perfect clothes to accentuate your new creation. There is nothing like the feeling of wearing something that you crocheted with your own hands, but as the day progresses you notice that there on the lower corner the yarn is starting to unravel. With a disappointing and sick picture of the entire scarf coming undone in your mind you quickly take it off and tuck it into your purse until you get home that night. Wondering all day how to fix it and asking your self what happened.
How you begin and finish a project is just as important as how you crochet the middle of the fabric. A lot of time and work goes into crocheting, and if you are like me a lot of yourself goes into your craft. With all of that in mind, I would like to discuss today how to “Fasten off” and “How to secure your ends”. By learning how to secure your ends correctly you can create a crochet treasure that will last for generations.
Remember that before you can say you are finished with your crocheted project, all the ends must be weaved in correctly. This means weaving in all the yarn ends securely enough to hold so that the fabric will never unravel when done correctly.
To Fasten Off:
If a pattern tells you to fasten off it means that when you have finished working your last stitch then you will want to cut your yarn, leaving around 6 inches for a tail. Make sure to leave a long enough tail to easily allow you to weave in your work. Then using your hook, draw the tail through the last remaining loop on your hook. Then put your hook down and pull gentle on the tail to help lock it into place.
Note: NEVER TIE A KNOT AT THE END OR BEGINNING OF YOUR WORK. Knots create bumps and are not as secure as weaving your ends in. I have repaired a lot of crochet project over the years, and the majority of the ones that unraveled were from tying in knots instead of taking the time to weave the ends in.
The Invisible Finish – Weaving in Ends
Before we get started you will need a large eye blunt needle and a pair of scissors.
When most people finish they usually make a slip knot and then weave in the ends. This is what makes all that work stay in. I am going to show you another technique that will help you have a more professional looking end.
Step One: When you finish the stitch of your work, (I am using a basic round of double crochets) pull the loop through so that it will lengthen (about 6 inches) (pictured above)
Step Two: Cut it at the top of the loop (pictured above)
Step Three: Take your tail and thread it through your blunt needle. (pictured above). Go to the first stitch you made of your last round and find the top 2 loops. Insert under the front and back loop and pull through. (pictured above)
Note: You will want to skip the chain and insert the needle into the first stitch you worked.
Step Four: Then go through the back only of the last stitch you crocheted in the last round. Insert from the front to the back and pull through. ( two pictured above)
Step Five: Now to secure it off, turn your work over and go into the very first stitch you see from the last stitch that you used. Insert the needle into the top of stitch.
Step Six: Now weave it in up and down until you have weaved it in three different directions. (pictured above)
Step Seven: I usually end by pulling the yarn through the middle of the stitch, pull the yarn a little and cut. (pictured above)
Step Eight: Now just pull your project and the yarn will be pulled into the fabric and it will be hidden. (pictured above)
I hope this tutorial will help you by giving your project that perfect finish to help it look great. Remember that each step of your project is important, and will show in the end results.
Until next week, keep those hooks flying.