Tuesday Tip: When Weaving In Ends, How to Clip the Yarn Tail
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 to keeping the tail in:
Learn more in the post on skimming.
This content was originally published in Creative Knitting Magazine.
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Good one! Thank you. SO looking forward to my class with you on magic loop at VKL. I have issues.
You are a hoot! Your tips are great!
Patty, how would you handle the ends on single ply yarn? Mine is easy to spit splice when I need to add more or the yarn came apart as it’s so delicate. Or will it felt together on it’s own over time as I suspect it will? Thanks!
The same way. A single ply is also clipped with a bit of the yarn left, then take the tip of a sharp scissor and fray that end up and smoosh.
Do you do the same thing on a piece where the wrong side will show, like a scarf or shawl?
No, there are many different ways to weave in ends. For a reversible garment I use duplicate stitch. I teach 4 different ways to weave in ends (and a million other things) in How to Read Your Knit Stitches and Master the pattern. You can find all my video classes here – https://pattylyons.com/dvd-and-digital-class-order-form/
Patty Question: how do you work a wrap and turn when the stitch to be wrapped is a purl stitch on the right side, AND the first stitch on the wrong side row is a purl?
Hi, this is a blog about clipping the tail after weaving in ends. The method of wrapping a stitch is the same if it’s a knit or a purl, it’s the method of hiding the wrap that’s different. Your pattern will define how to hide the wrap on both a knit and a purl
In step 1, is something missing? “After you have split the woven in your end…” doesn’t make sense to me. Thanks!
It refers back to the original post about skimming. It’s splitting the plys as you weave in the end. I put the link earlier in the post, I added it again there. This post isn’t about weaving in ends, but clipping the tail.