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How to: weave in ends

Lesson 10 • Finishing Techniques • 05:25 • Beginner

Tidying away yarn ends not only helps to neaten up your finished project, it also helps to secure the yarn reducing the likelihood of it unravelling – it's well worth doing a good job here.

Finishing Techniques

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45m 21s







What you need

What you need

Your finished knitting; a tapestry needle; knitting needles - could be straight, circular or double-pointed depends on pattern; safety toy eyes

Course Description

Using the most appropriate seam to stitch up your knits will help you to get a professional finish.

Meet your instructors

  • How to: weave in ends Knitting Video

    Julie Peasgood

    Julie is an actress and presenter just starting out on her knitting journey

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    Neti Love

    Neti is your resident knitting expert who knows the ins and out of all things yarn

Practical Guides

  • If you’re working with different coloured yarns, weave in ends to the same colour to minimise show through on the right side.

  • When you cut your working yarn to fasten off the last stitch, leave a good 10-15cm. Tapestry needles come in different sizes and sharpness, so choose one with an eye big enough for your yarn end to fit through comfortably. Take note where your pattern tells you to leave a long end for seaming, as is often the case for smaller items such as toys, where it’s more efficient to use this end than an extra strand. If you are making an item, such as a cardi, where the wrong side may be seen it can make more sense to weave in ends after the item has been pieced together, so you can hide ends completely by weaving them into seams. Smooth yarns may need a more thorough approach, especially if the item is likely to be washed occasionally, but strands with woollier fibres are less likely to unravel, due to the friction between them.

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