How to Weave in Ends As You Go

Weaving in ends…every crocheter’s nemesis. I have only talked to one person in my whole life who actually enjoyed weaving in ends. (I thought she was crazy!) Not many people enjoy the finishing aspects of crocheting. I don’t always love them either. But did you know that there is a pretty neat shortcut when learning how to weave in ends?

This shortcut is called weaving in ends while crocheting, and I’m going to show you how! This one technique will save you time, hassle, and frustration for years to come. It will make your crochet life so much easier! Ready to find out how?

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The Trick to Weaving in Ends

As I said before, the trick to weaving in ends is doing as you go. You literally do this while you are still crocheting! You don’t need a yarn needle or anything. Instead, the weaving in is incorporated into your crocheting.

I’m going to show you this technique in a small swatch while going back and forth in rows. However, don’t think that it is limited to that! It is easy to apply in all sorts of crochet situations, including working in the round.

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Step 1:

To practice this technique, start out by making a small swatch, doing a couple rows in double crochet. In my swatch below I have 2 rows of 15 double crochet stitches.

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Step 2:

Now join a new color with a slip stitch at the beginning of your next row. As you can see, my ends, or “tails” are going away from the work right now.

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Step 3:

Next, chain 3 just like you would be starting a regular double crochet row.

Now here’s the weaving in ends part. Take both your tails that you want woven in—I’ve taken the teal AND the green. Pull them behind your chain 3 so that they are now parallel to you work.

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Step 4:

Now begin your next double crochet. Insert your hook into the next stitch. The only difference now is that you will be crocheting over those two ends, in order to hide them.

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As you can see here, I’m pulling my hook through just like a normal double crochet, except those two ends are caught underneath the working yarn.

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Step 5:

Simply keep repeating step 4! With each double crochet you make, just catch the ends in the bottom.

Here is a picture after several double crochet. As you can see, the ends are completely hidden, and are now coming out of the fifth teal stitch.

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And here is my swatch with the row all done! As you can see, my two tails are poking out at the end of the teal row. They are all ready to be snipped!

And there you have it—the easiest way to weave in ends.

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Like I said before, this method can be used in a variety of different types of projects.

You can do the same exact thing while working in the round. You can do it on other types of stitches too (not just double crochet). Of course, you will always have at least one or two ends to weave in the normal way (the first and last ends). But 2 ends are better than 20, don’t you think? 🙂 I use this method with almost every crochet projects, and it works great!

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Happy crocheting!

— Rachel 🙂

 

 

2 thoughts on “How to Weave in Ends As You Go

  1. I have tried this before and no matter what I do, the ends eventually end up poking back out of my work later. Then I end up trimming them again and I fear that eventually they will come unraveled completely. Do you not have this problem with your ends? Even if you crochet really tightly the ends can still wriggle free…maybe I’m not doing something correctly, but i would love for this to work for me!

    1. Hi Erika, I have heard people say that before. It’s so weird, but I’ve always used this method and they have never unraveled. One idea for you is to maybe knot the ends before crocheting over them. This should help to make them more secure.

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