How to Weave in Ends

Today I want to show you my favorite technique to weave in ends. Patterns tell you to weave in ends to secure your knitted object from unravelling. This means you weave the loose yarn ends into your knitting so that they can’t wiggle their way to freedom again. Not only that is needed as a result, it should be invisible from the outside, too.

I used a dark green swatch and orange yarn for my demonstration. Usually you would use the end that is still on your knitted object and has the same colour – which would be more than hard to capture in a picture…

1. Thread a tapestry needle with your yarn end. Turn the knitting, because the weaving in takes place on the wrong side. I took the pictures against some light to make the stitches visible. You need to see them because we will try to follow the way of the knitted yarn through those stitches with our tapestry needle.

2. It’s best to start near where your yarn end is coming from. Insert the tapestry needle under a loop that is opening downwards and then under the next loop up to the right that is opening upwards. Pull the yarn end through, but not tight.

3. Now you guide the tapestry needle downwards under the next loop that is opining upwards on the left and then under the first loop.

4. Pull yarn through.

5. Insert the needle in the next loop to the left and repeat step 2.

6. Repeat steps 3 to 5 five to ten times (more repeats for slippery yarn like cotton). Stretch the knitting a bit with your hands every second repeat to make sure that there is no pulling. This is how the woven in yarn looks from the wrong side.

And this is the right side. Almost invisible – even in a contrast colour!

When stretched you can see the orange yarn, though. I’m not cheating. 😉

What to do with the rest? That little tail that is still there gets cut to approx. 1/4″. I usually weave in all ends, block the item (especially if it is something like a lace shawl) and cut the threads after that.