Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tutorial: Weaving In the Last End

I encountered this technique in Creepy Cute Crochet and the Flower Purse is my first opportunity to use it.  Before learning this technique, I would just pull the end tightly and weave it in.  That leaves a little bump in edge of the crochet.  

This technique show you how to "fake" a crochet stitch to connect the last stitch to the first stitch of the row, which looks awesome.

Explanation text is above its corresponding photo.

This is the end of the last row of crochet.  The stitch marker on the left is the first stitch of the row and the stitch marker on the right is the last stitch of the row.

Thread your yarn on a needle.  Put needle through the first stitch of the row under both top yarn strands coming in from the front of your piece and coming out the back of your piece.  Pull through.

Put the needle in the middle of the last stitch of the row (where the yarn end starts) and go under the top yarn strand that is on the back side of your piece.

Ta da!  After this, you can weave in the end and knot it in an inconspicuous place.  Since I'm folding these handles over, I knotted it a couple rows down because it'll be hidden in the fold.

30 Comments (comments are disabled)

mara said ...
That is so great!!! I'm definately using this :) thanks for sharing...I hate those bumps.
12/24/2008 9:35 AM

planetjune said ...
I love this method too! Isn't it funny how you can spend years crocheting without finding out about these handy techniques?
12/24/2008 11:08 AM

Shannon said ...
Amazing! You can't even tell there's a seam there at all! You're tutorials are always awesome. Fabulous pictures!
12/24/2008 11:10 AM

Sam said ...
Wow! That is like magic! Thank you! I'll definitely be trying that out. :) Happy Christmas!
12/25/2008 6:06 AM

Wow, you make it look so easy! I love your tutorials!
12/26/2008 1:32 PM

Mel said ...
Brilliant! Thank you for the tutorial.
I thought of something kind of like this, but my amateur version is so much less graceful than this one.
12/26/2008 10:37 PM

futuregirl said ...
and another test, oh, yeah!
12/26/2008 11:20 PM

Lori said ...
I can't believe I've been crocheting for almost 2 decades and never new this way of ending! The pictures really helped to really see what you were talking about. Thank you so much!
1/12/2009 10:54 PM

Patti said ...
Thanks for sharing this great technique! I've been crocheting a lot of different projects and have experimented with a variety of ways to end them and this is by far the cleanest. Thanks!
2/15/2009 6:52 PM

Diane said ...
I have used a similar technique and I love it, thanks for sharing! However only do this when you are completely sure that you won't have to unravel part of the work to correct a mistake.
4/9/2009 8:00 AM

Cris said ...
I learned this technique a few years ago. It sure does leave a nice finish!! Thanx for sharing!!
4/9/2009 6:58 PM

analea said ...
Again - thank you!
5/16/2009 11:26 AM

DD39DN said ...
Wonderful technique will be using this from now on.

4/12/2010 8:02 PM

Marcie said ...
Very neat, great way to finish.
4/26/2010 12:52 AM

Judy said ...
Awesome finishing off method!
Thanks for sharing!
5/12/2010 6:01 PM

Jessica said ...
I loved this technique when I found it in creepy cute crochet and I too use it all the time.
12/11/2010 9:32 AM

Funky Eco Me said ...
This is fantastic!!! - I've been searching for a technique like this for ages and it is by far the BEST. Well done you! :-)
1/7/2011 7:03 AM

Terri said ...
Brilliant! I always hated that stupid knot at the end!
5/2/2011 10:23 AM

Awesome! Thanks for the tutorial! I was actually very annoyed with the bumps in the ends :P
6/4/2011 8:35 AM

Silvina said ...
Perfect! great tutorial :)
7/4/2011 2:05 PM

Alex said ...
fantastic, thanks! :-)
11/20/2011 4:27 AM

Kathleen said ...
I've been using this technique for years! :D I always thought everyone does this.... LOL! Live and learn! It IS a great finishing technique! Keep up the awesome tutorials :)
4/24/2012 8:57 PM

Faith said ...
How beautifully simple and genius! Thanks so much!
8/10/2012 12:15 PM

Pam said ...
Just did this on the Starling bag when I finished it, awesome!!
10/29/2012 10:19 AM

Tracy said ...
Wonderful! After 45 years, something new for me. Saw it pinned.
2/3/2013 7:01 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Tracy ... Woohoo! Thanks for all the great comments. :)
2/3/2013 11:26 PM

Brenda said ...
Worked great for me. It's a nice ending for dishcloths and potholders. Thanks for sharing.
3/11/2013 11:52 PM

Lorena said ...
Thank you so much !!! I'm a beginner and it's a so beautiful, tidy and easy way to finish
Thanks for sharing
5/11/2013 1:33 AM

Esther said ...
Ive been crocheting for at least 50 yrs. wish I had known this trick Thanks
8/15/2013 5:59 PM
Dorothy said ...
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