This article is about ending. Despite the fact, how sadly it sounds it is actually very exciting to end crocheted project as it means that it is finished and it can be put into a use 🙂
Ending off a yarn is called also Fasten Off ( abbreviated as FO).
I highly recommend that you do 1 x slip stitch to the next available stitch prior to ending off the yarn. If it there is no available stitch, it is ok not to do it. You can read all about slip stitch here How to make a Slip Stitch (ss) the smallest stitch of all .
The First Step – Yarn Securing – Fastening Off
- Leave approximately ~ 15cm (that is….5.90551 inches – well, that is why I like the metric system ;-)) yarn tail and cut off the excess (that means the rest of the yarn thread, which leads to the ball of yarn as we are ending the project).
- Bring the yarn, from back to front, over the hook and catch it in the barb.
- Draw the hook backwards to pull a loop of yarn through the loop on the hook (similar to if you are making a chain stitch). If you need a help with chain stitch here is my previous article regarding the chain stitch, which should help you out Chain stitch & Single Crochet Stitch
- Pull and pull the loose yarn tail until it is completely through.
- Tug the last stitch firmly with your hand.
The Second Step – Yarn Weaving At The Edge
- Take the loose end of the yarn from the step 5 above and thread it through a tapestry needle.
- On the wrong side of the project, take the needle and from bottom to top, behind the first loop of yarn on the upper edge of your project.
- Pull the yarn through, needle remaining on the tail of the yarn (the needle is not seen on the picture, but trust me – it is there 🙂 ).
- Take the needle behind the second loop of yarn on the edge. Pull the yarn as before in step 3. Do several more weaving stitches ( I usually do 4-5 stitches) in the same manner.
- Cut off the rest of the yarn very close the the project fabric.
And this is the result of the ended off yarn with weaved yarn end at the upper/ lower edge of the project. I did not finished with slip stitch prior to ending of the yarn, therefore you can see the little step on the edge of the fabric. I did it on purpose to show you, how badly looking it is without the slip stitch especially on circular or spiral projects.
The Third Step – Yarn Weaving in the middle of the project
In case the project is using multiple colours, make sure, that each yarn tail is weaved into the appropriate crocheted colour piece (e.g. yellow tail into yellow fabric and orange into the orange etc).
- Take one of the loose tails and thread into a tapestry needle.
- Working on the wrong side of the crocheted project (wrong side is facing you – you do not want to have the weaved ends being visible on the right side), take at least 3 weave stitches with the needle in the same row that the tail is originating from.
- Pull the yarn through and you can cut off the loose end, close to the fabric. Sometimes when the yarn is stretchy (e.g. sock yarn – I do another 3 weave stitches in exactly opposite direction, through the same stitches like before, but using only a few pieces of the fibres from the crocheted stitches. This is to make sure that even if the yarn stretches your tail will stay weaved in and securely in place.
- Weave all the remaining loose yarn tails on your project the same way as described in the steps 1 – 3 here above.
And “voila” all the loose yarn ends are weaved in, project is complete – finished – ended off!!!! Ariel doll received a new Spring Beanie thanks to this tutorial blog post !