How to Work Over Yarn Ends When Crocheting

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    Overview - Instructions for Crocheting Over Yarn Ends

    Positioning the Yarn Tails to Crochet Over the Ends
    Positioning the Yarn Tails to Crochet Over the Ends. Photo © 2009 Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Are you tired of weaving in lots of yarn ends when you crochet? Learn how to crochet over yarn ends instead. This tutorial demonstrates how to work overtop of the yarn ends to hide them.

    This technique will save you time when crocheting; it's a lot easier to crochet overtop of ends than it is to weave them in later.

    Note: The results are not as secure as woven-in ends are -- particularly if you crochet loosely. If you are working stripes, I recommend carrying the yarn up the sides of your work,whic...MOREh is a more secure method than this is.

    When to Crochet Overtop of the Yarn Ends:

    • This technique works best with projects that will not have to withstand machine washing, frequent laundering, or excessive wear and tear. Good candidates include projects you plan on dry cleaning or hand washing, as well as projects that don't need to be washed too often.
    • This technique is best with stitches that do a good job of covering up the yarn ends. Single crochet and double crochet are ideal. This technique doesn't work quite as well with lacy, open stitches.

    Instructions:

    In my sample, color A is the pink yarn; color B is the blue yarn. In some real-life crochet projects, A and B could be the same color, and in some projects, they could be different colors. Substitute whatever color(s) you're using when you work your own project.

    In the photo above, you can see that I've crocheted a row of single crochet with color A, and I am in the process of switching to color B. The color change created a tail of color A and a tail of color B. I want to crochet overtop of both of these tails instead of weaving them in later.

    The first step is to position the tails of yarn overtop of the last row or round of stitches worked, as shown in the photo above.

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  • 02 of 04

    Crocheting Over Yarn Ends

    Crocheting Overtop of the Ends
    Crocheting Overtop of the Ends. Photo © 2009 Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

    After you've positioned your yarn, keep holding it so that the ends are right overtop of the row or round you are going to work into.

    Then work your stitches while continuing to keep the tails positioned. You'll be working all the stitches as you ordinarily would, except the tails of yarn are under there.

    This photo shows the work in progress; you can see that I've worked a couple of single crochets overtop of the tails of yarn. At this point, I still have to work quite a few more stitches...MORE before the yarn ends are adequately hidden.

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    The Row Is Complete and the Ends Are Hidden Underneath.

    The Row Is Complete and the Ends Are Hidden Underneath.
    The Row Is Complete and the Ends Are Hidden Underneath. Photo © 2009 Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Here's how my sample looks after all the stitches in the row have been completed.

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    Close-Up of the Finished Row

    Can You See the Ends?
    A Closer Look - Can You See the Ends? Depending on the Colors and Yarns You Use, You Might Be Able to See the Ends of Yarn Peeking Through Your Stitches. In This Case, They Are Pretty Well Hidden. Photo © 2009 Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Here's a close-up photo that gives you a better view of the completed row of stitches. If you look really closely, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the yarn tails under there, but they are hidden pretty well.

    If I had used colors that really contrast - for example, black and white, or red and white - the ends might be more visible than they are in this sample. Keep that in mind when you decide whether or not to use this technique in your own crochet work.

    One More Tip: As your completed...MORE projects age, I recommend that you periodically take a look at them to make sure the ends aren't coming loose. If the ends are going to work their way out of place, a likely time for that to occur is during washing. So, the ideal time to spot-check is after laundering. It's pretty easy to take a good look at your items as you are folding them up and getting them ready to put away.

    If you do find an end peeking out, weave it back into the project as you normally would, using a tapestry needle or crochet hook. Even ends that were securely woven-in can pop out from time to time, especially if the project is worn/used/washed frequently.