November 17th, 2010

Weaving in Ends


  1. Thank you….this is excellent. I love your videos…I made my first sock yesterday using your patterns and videos. Thank you again!

    Comment by Betty Grogan — December 18, 2010 @ 6:52 am

  2. This is a great video using a technique I have not seen before-awesome! My only question that wasn’t addressed here, is how the cut of that woven in end is handled. That seems to be my ongoing fight with my ends…how long/short to cut it so it doesn’t poke out on the right side of my knitting! Can you give me any helpful advice on that?

    Thanks so much for your helpful videos!


    Comment by Dain — December 31, 2010 @ 10:50 am

  3. Hi Dain – yes, I can help here. I usually leave about a half-inch of yarn after I’ve woven in the end. That is usually enough to keep it from poking through on the other side, but that’s something you just have to watch for. If an end does go poking through (especially after the knitting has been washed), you just take a tapestry needle or crochet hook and pull it back through the other side. Easy fix.

    Hope that helps!
    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — December 31, 2010 @ 10:56 am

  4. I have a question about weaving in ends in a lace project. Let’s say, for example, that I’m knitting a very open, lacy project. How would I hide the ends and weave them in when the work itself is very light and airy? (like with lace-weight yarn or sock yarn on a large needle) Thank you in advance, Staci. I love your site and all that you do to help others.

    Comment by MIckey De Young — July 2, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

  5. Hi Mickey – you just have to do what you can depending on your projects. Most lace projects will have a border that is stockinette or something that you can easily weave in to. If you’re using a non-animal fiber yarn, I recommend tying knots (see my video Weaving in Cotton Ends). Good luck!

    Comment by s t a c i — July 2, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

  6. Stacy, THANK YOU so very much for your very infomative and helpful videos!!!
    YOU are the best-est!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Lisa — September 5, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

  7. Stacy, THANK YOU so very much for your very informative and helpful videos!!!
    YOU are the best-est!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Lisa — September 5, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

  8. Excellent tutorial – I am now using this technique for most of my projects. Should you leave the weaving loose or tighten it slightly?

    Comment by Rebecca Grant — September 12, 2012 @ 9:48 am

  9. Rebecca – you should always pull them just enough to match the tension of the rest of the knitting. That will make the woven end least visible. Hope that helps!

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — September 12, 2012 @ 10:00 am

  10. Staci – proper weaving in…. what a revelation to me! It’s a simple thing, but I’ve been doing it wrong all this time, now I don’t! My work is so much neater and secure.
    Your tutorials are wonderful. Please don’t stop! Certainly appreciated here on the other side of the pond!!
    Nicola (UK)

    Comment by Nicola — September 20, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

  11. Hi Staci,

    I’ve woven in the end, but there’s a bit of yarn left that I can’t angle back into the work due to the size of my needle. So…what do I do with it? Can I cut it? Should I knot it first? Thank you and thanks so much for these tutorials! :)

    Comment by Jen — November 6, 2012 @ 10:46 pm

  12. HI Jen – if you’ve already woven in the end securely, you can now just cut any tiny bit left over that is still sticking out.

    Good luck!
    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — November 7, 2012 @ 8:14 am

  13. Hi Staci,

    Your videos are fantastic, I used many of them while working on my Christmas Stocking project. I am now weaving in the ends and wonder what I should do with all the ends from the Fair Isle and Instarsia work. Is there a technique for weaving the ends in Fair Isle/Instarsia?
    Thanks and keep up the tutorials, I have learnt so much.

    Comment by Sharon Cavell — November 9, 2012 @ 10:35 am

  14. Hi Sharon – thank you for the note. Weaving in ends in colorwork is the same as any other time, just be sure to weave the end into the same color as itself. Does that make sense? haha Weave a blue end into blue knitting, weave a white end into white knitting, at least as much as you can.

    Hope that helps!
    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — November 9, 2012 @ 10:50 am

  15. Thanks for getting back to me so quicky since I am weaving the ends right now. I see how that will work with the Instarsia but the strands of the Fair Isle cover where I would weave the ends in. I am using red on white and do now want to weave the red into the white background. Any tricks to do this? I am enjoying your videos here in Canada.

    Comment by Sharon — November 9, 2012 @ 11:10 am

  16. Hi Stacy,
    When weaving ends in garter stitch and you go through the “smiles” and “umbrellas”, how many stitches should you do the technique through? I am always so afraid it will come apart so want to do enough but not too many either. Thanks for your help, once again! I just love your instructional videos and tell all my friends about your site, it is so helpful!

    Comment by Lin Geldmyer — November 13, 2012 @ 9:58 am

  17. Lin – it kind of depends on the yarn you’re using. If it is a “sticky” wool, you can get by with just weaving in for an inch or so. If it’s a smoother yarn and you’re worried about it unraveling, a couple of inches is a good idea.

    Good luck!
    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — November 13, 2012 @ 10:12 am

  18. Staci——-
    Afghans and Throws mostly. I have done several ways/methods of ending and weaving in the ends. Even yours. I have used sometimes double and triple knots, I have sewn with thread (used different strengths and thicknes)I have knitted (or crochet) the ends as I went. I have split the yarn ,I have used glue (fabric glue, super glue, white school glue and even that 6,000 glue and dare I say have used 2 part mix epoxy)I have also tried spinning them together with a drop spindle when using 1 color. RESULTS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THE SAME. They not only stick out to the front of the finished piece but unravels it and in some instances my washer has actually shreaded it/them into nice little pieces anywhere from 1 inch to 1 yard.

    And yes before you even ask I use the delicate cycle.

    When washed by hand they just unweave themselves but left intact mostly a few have actually unraveled. Fiber matters not. All end up undone. Some more than others.

    Comment by Mary — November 16, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

  19. Hi Mary – I’m not sure what to tell you! It does happen that ends poke out sometimes, but it is easy enough to thread them back on the tapestry needle and hide them again, or just snip them shorter. I’m afraid I’ve never experienced this problem to the degree you have – nor have I gone to the length of using glue!

    I’m afraid I don’t have any additional ideas for you. The way I demonstrate to weave in ends in the videos is really how I do it.

    Sorry I can’t be of more help -
    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — November 16, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

  20. Hi Staci….I recently found your web site and I am thrilled!!!! I think it is just fantastic… are an excellent teacher and all the videos you have cover just about everything….I have found so much information, it is unreal! I have downloaded a few of your patterns as well…I honestly feel that I have found my knitting heaven! Thanks soooo much

    Comment by diana — January 25, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

  21. Hello, Staci! Thanks so much for your wonderful tutorials and patterns! You are, indeed, a very good teacher! I agree with the other comments herewith – I have never heard of this way of weaving in ends, but it certainly makes sense, and I’m planning to try it! I’m currently working on the Fiona Baby Sundress (which I found on Ravelry), and I have a question. Can I use this weaving-in method in the round? Seems like I should be able to. By the way, I’m loving this cute little dress! Making for my granddaughter who is expected in May. I’ve already got plans for a second dress using different yarn. I just can’t seem to stop – it’s an addiction, lol! I’m thinking that the dress can even be used in the winter months as a little “jumper”, by just putting a long-sleeved top on the baby. The dress can be worn as long as it fits over her chest! Thanks again!

    Comment by Linda — February 28, 2013 @ 9:03 am

  22. Hi Linda – thanks for the note. Yes, weaving in ends is the same whether you’re knitting flat or in-the-round…the back of the work is the same, regardless.

    Hope that helps!
    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — February 28, 2013 @ 9:56 am

  23. Someone had asked back in the thread about weaving ends for the fair isle. Since I’m doing the fair isle hat, I wonder about that too.

    Comment by Pam — June 13, 2013 @ 9:56 am

  24. Pam – you weave in the ends of fair isle just like any other ends. Just be sure that you weave dark colors into other dark colors, so that they are less likely to show through on the front of the work.

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — June 13, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

  25. Staci, I just want to stop by and tell you how much I love you tutorials, when I came up with a new stitch or technique that is new to me, YOU are the one I would look for. Thanks for helping me along, my ends aren’t poking out anymore!

    By the way, you have the most beautiful hands, you ought to pick up a part time hand modelling job! =)


    Comment by Maggie — October 6, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

  26. I love your weaving-in videos and the technique. Weaving in was one of my least-favorite chores,but my friend turned me on to your garter-stitch video and weaving in the ends became one of the best parts of the scarf production. I stop every couple of color-changes and weave in the ends for “relaxation.” Looked just now at the stockinette stitch one, and it’s the same. I love it. Thanks so much. Can’t wait to weave in more ends.

    Comment by Cydney Yerushalmi — October 27, 2013 @ 4:59 am

  27. Thank you so much for your videos, Staci! I always go to your site whenever I’m in doubt and you’ve saved me again. Your “weaving in ends for rib stitch” technique makes for such a clean finish. And simple too! Perfect for this gift-giving season. Wishing you all the best, S.

    Comment by Siobhán — December 10, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

  28. Stacy, I used your method of weaving in ends in seed stitch and it was magic. But I’m having trouble burying my ends into a blanket done in moss stitch, or double seed. Any suggestions?

    Comment by Linda — January 10, 2014 @ 6:23 am

  29. Linda – here is my video on weaving in ends in seed stitch, which is about the same thing as weaving ends into moss stitch:

    Hope that helps -
    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — January 10, 2014 @ 8:03 am

  30. Stacy, I am using the duplicate stitch to put names on hats.
    I do this after the hat is complete.
    My question is this..
    do I make a knot and/or just weave in the ends??
    IF I just weave in the ends..which way is best??
    You have a few differnt ones here.
    I guess that I am wonderfing if I just weave it in..during washing it would come un done.
    Thanks so very much.

    Comment by Kathi — January 15, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

  31. Love, love, love your videos.i mention them to everyone. I knit fingerless gloves and was wondering how you weave in yarn at wrist and thumb. I can never make it look like it is lined straight. There is always a jag.

    Comment by Georgia — February 27, 2014 @ 9:59 pm

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