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Tuesday, 11 August 2015



Weaving in ends is not the most fun part of a knitting project. But you are 97% of the way through, so grin and bear it. Pull out your needles and put on some cheesy TV if that helps sooth the pain. What kind of needle do you use? For grafting (kitchener stitch) and seaming (mattress stitch, etc.) you want to use a blunt needle, so that the needle does not pierce through the yarn of the work, but instead slips between and around stitches. For weaving in ends, however, you should use a sharp needle, so that you can pierce the stitches, creating greater friction to hold the yarn end in place.

Thread the sharp needle, and on the inside / wrong side (WS) of the work, begin to weave in, using the needle to pierce through the purl bumps of the fabric, working at a diagonal, so that the yarn end doesn’t impede the natural stretch of the knitted fabric. After awhile turn, and work in another direction, still at a diagonal relative to the knitted fabric.

Once you have worked 2-3″ of yarn end into the back of the fabric, simply snip the remainder off close to the fabric. It should remain hidden and secure.

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