Techniques in Depth: How to Weave in Ends

July 11, 2018

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  • Thank you, Kate. These tips are incredibly helpful. I learn something new in each of your posts!

  • One of my favorite writers on MDK. Thank you again, Kate! I am about to start seaming up a sweater and I have bookmarked this article to refer to. I am also sewing buttons on a different sweater so I’m going to refer to your sewing on buttons article.

  • As always, a great article. And nice to know I’m not doing it “wrong” after all.

  • I thought everyone knew about seaming up with yarn tails. I’m with you on this one!

  • These basic finishing skills are essential to being happy with your knitting. As knit-geeky as this sounds, weaving in can be a mind calming a zen like task if you are happy with the results. and the bent tipped needles is an essential tool!

  • Very helpful for the different knitted pieces. I don’t like weaving in, it isn’t as fun as the knitting. Indo a quick job and sometimes it shows.

  • I used to be such a perfectionist, that I noticed in one book, I had highlighted how to join the ends of the yarn when starting a new skein… that was a very long time ago

  • something that I stumbled onto with really slippery yarn (superwash, linen blends) is to go through the strands of yarn in the stitches instead of simply going behind them. and then switch directions and go through the end you’re weaving in – the end is captured by itself and is less likely to work its way out. using a sharper pointed darning needle helps immensely with this. Hopefully a) this makes sense and b) helps out somebody else.

    • I learned this, too. I always go through the yarn in the back-side stitches rather than under the bumps, regardless of the slipperiness of the yarn. And I also change direction more than once — like a W rather than a V. And yes, be sure to wiggle the fabric in all directions before cutting off the woven-in end. Works like a charm!

  • Wow! So helpful and perfect timing for me. Thank you Kate. I’ve been wondering how to ask this at my LYS without feeling stupid:) as I’m a beginner!

  • Even though I’ve been knitting for several years, it’s always nice to see that I’m doing something the right way! Thanks for another great article.

  • I am vindicated.

  • One of my favorite ways to avoid having a lot of ends to weave in is using a braided join. When I’m done and everything is washed and blocked, I simply have to trim the bits that are hanging out. Very, very easy!

  • I use Russian joins to attach new yarn and have no ends to weave in when I’m done.

  • Excellent, easy to follow, intuitive
    Advice and Methods!
    Thank you Kate and MDK!

  • Cotton?!?!? Split + knot? Blankets? I am weaving so very many ends on a multi multi multi color cotton blanket…

  • Yes to bent tip needles, and to using cast on and bind of ends for weaving, and to leaving a bit of an end sticking out on the WS! It does help when you want to take a sweater apart and re-knit the whole thing. Ask me how I know!

    Thanks for this compendium of useful tips!

  • Thanks, Kate. As always we have very much the same ideas about what matters and what doesn’t. My life partner and knit husband always thinks my little tails sticking out are so unattractive inside a sweater or sock so I’m going to show him this article. I’m working on a large fair isle sweater for him at the moment and considering just knotting all those pesky ends. It will probably give him a fatal heart attack but that’s why the life insurance is paid up.

    Thanks again for an awesome tech article. They always make me feel much more confident about how many decisions I can make about my knitting.

  • Here’s my lazy knitter’s way to “not-weave” in ends of a join:

    A few inches from the tail of the old yarn, half-knot the new yarn with the old. Knit, holding old tail and new working yarn together for several stitches. On the next row, pick up the tail of the new yarn and do the same. Trim ends as above.

    This works best when the join is not at an edge.

  • Thank you so much!! I’m often happy with my completed items but that changes once I’ve weaved in the ends. I’ve never quite managed to weave in the ends in a way I’m happy with – it often ends up a bit lumpy and messy and in my opinion spoils the completed item. I’ve only just found out about mdk with this how to guide and I’m looking forward to looking at the other resources. Thank you again

  • I personally, love duplicate stitch end-weaving! I find it strangely calming and satisfying.

  • an extremely helpful article, clear and concise with great photos. Thank you!

  • I have a question and need your advice. I’m knitting a toddler’s sweater. The pattern is knit in garter stitch. The pattern is horizontal stripes in 3 different colors. In the ribbing, each colored row is knit for 2 rows. In the body of the sweater each color is knit for 4 rows. I have attached each new color on one side of the piece (for example, As I work on the pattern back, I’ve knit 4 rows of blue then 4 rows of the white and finally 4 rows of the green. Then repeat). Needless to say, this leaves a lot of tails that will need to be woven in.
    How can I weave in all of this yarn when I finish the sweater?