Tired of weaving in ends whenever you reach a new skein in your crochet project? Avoiding crochet colorwork project because there are too many ends? Try crocheting over your ends! This easy technique allows you to keep on crocheting so that the end you have to weave in is the very last one. Here’s how to do it.
You’ll have two pieces of yarn: the working yarn and the tail you’re weaving in (top image). Place the tail over the top of your next stitch (second image). Then, complete your stitch as normal (third image). This securely hides your tail in the middle of the stitch (bottom image). Continue in this manner until the entire tail has been used, then snip any excess yarn that may be sticking out. That’s all there is to it! This technique is helpful for both stripes and solids, so get crocheting!
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Good to know. As ususal, excellent choice of nail color (coordinates well with the crochet hook).
Allie @ Fiesta Cat Yarn
Great photos & tips! …& love the spring nail polish too! 😉
Weaving in ends is my least favorite part of a project! I recently discovered that I could crochet those ends in much as you describe above! I’ll crochet one tail in the row I’m working on and the second in the next row.Â I find this keeps things from getting too bulky and helps to keep colors from poking through!Â Thanks for the tip!
the photos are really a big help in the tutorial. Nice post.
I love this method! I was so excited when I learned how to do this a couple years ago. It really changed my life!
After 23 years of crocheting and weaving in ends, I started doing this in my last color-changing project and it saved me hours!
I found that my ends un-wove when I used this method.Â Maybe I was doing it wrong.
I’ve been doing the “crochetÂ over your ends” for most of my crocheting life.Â Rarely have I had any issues… biggest challenge – keeping the tail long enough so id doesn’t pull out but short enough that it doesn’t make one row bulkier than the others!
Shannon: I’ve had the same problem.Â I’ve got one solution I can share.Â First, crochet over the yarn for three stitches on one row like this tutorial suggests. Then let the tail hang out the back of the piece.Â Then on the next row, when you reach the tail, crochet over it for another three stitches. Keep doing this for three or four rows and you’ll have less of a chance of the yarn sneaking back out over time.
I use both methods to be sure ie crochet over the yarn and then weave in a bit as well. I’m always worried it would come undone. Maybe it wouldn’t but I like to be sure. This is probably why I really hate all those ends to be done. I suppose if the tail is long enough ie a few inches it might be ok to just crochet over it. Sometimes I’m not sure how much yarn I’ll need so try to conserve as much as I can. Probably using up too much that way as well. So I think I’ll take people’s say so here and just crochet over and not weave in. Thanks
I discovered a tip online that makes a really good bond when joining same colors. Using a large-eye needle, weave a few inches of the ending skein a few inches into the beginning of the next skein. Then weave the beginning of the new skein into the end of the old. Tug it taut and then crochet as if there was no join. You’ll never find the join again and its the tightest join I’ve ever found…won’t unravel at all.
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I usually do this but had some trouble when my new color was a row of double crochets (granny square) and so the tail worked loose fairly easily. Any suggestions?
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OMG. This is LIFE CHANGING!!! I am NOT being sarcastic here! I’M EXCITED!!! I HATE weaving in ends. I LOVE YOU.
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I am SO doing this next baby blanket project!
Angelina A Ross
Thank you for posting such clear instructions and pictures. I despise weaving in ends! Now I’m crocheting those pesky ends and it’s easy peasy.