Tuesday Tip: Weaving In Ends, How to Clip the Tail - Patty Lyons | Knitting Teacher

Tuesday Tip: Weaving In Ends, How to Clip the Tail

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Last month we talked about how good finishing can make a project, and I promised you more posts focused on the all important topic of weaving in ends.

I’ve written several Tuesday Tips on seaming. We’ve looked as seaming garter stitch, shoulders, and even tackled the dreaded topic of selvedge edge and mattress stitch. No matter how wonderful your seaming, if your ends are not woven in well, your piece will look homemade. So the question is: how do you weave in ends? Last month I wrote about “skimming”, but what about that tail? Today we look at

How to Clip the Tail

I remember when I first started knitting, I would carefully weave in my ends, clip it right to the fabric and then as soon as I wore my knitting, it would pop out, I would clip it again, pop, clip, pop, clip . . . until I was out of tail!

Here’s the secret

How to Clip the Tail

1) After you have split the woven in your end, change direction to weave in a bit more.

How to Clip the Tail

2) After you finish weaving in the end, make sure to stretch the piece out to its full width.

How to Clip the Tail

3) Clip the tail leaving 1/4” to 1/2” of yarn.

How to Clip the Tail

4) With the tip of your scissor, fan out the end of the yarn.

How to Clip the Tail

5) Spread the yarn tail fan out and smoosh (highly technical knitting term) it down into the fabric.

originally published in Creative Knitting Magazine

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2 comments

  • Lisa T December 7, 2016   Reply →

    Good one! Thank you. SO looking forward to my class with you on magic loop at VKL. I have issues.

  • Patti June 2, 2017   Reply →

    You are a hoot! Your tips are great!

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