23 comments on “Weaving in Cotton Ends

  1. Hi Stacy, thanks for that tip – very neat. I saw the jacket in the background and wondered if there’s a pattern for that and is it easy? Carol (UK)

  2. I learned this from you in another video where you mentioned it and have been using it, feeling much more confident with the finishing on some items! It’s a great tip for us Vegan knitters :^)
    I do have to say, though, your video on weaving in ends is my favorite knitting tutorial ever. I could not grasp it until your “smiles” and “umbrellas” — Brilliant! 😀

  3. This is great! Cotton ends have driven me NUTS–especially on baby items–but this solves the problem. Thanks Staci!

  4. Your videos are amazing! I know that I can always watch your videos when I’m stuck, or just want to learn something new! I have seen your other video on weaving in ends, and neither of the videos talk about synthetic fibers. Which way do you use the weave in synthetic fibers? Thanks!

  5. Hi Rachel – it really depends on the synthetic fiber. Some are sticky, and can be woven in the traditional way, and others are slippery, and need to be tied like this. You really have to be the judge of the synthetic you’re using.

    S t a c i

  6. I am new to knitting and have just discovered your amazing website. Weaving in the ends have been a sticking point for me because I love to work with cotton. This technique makes so much sense, I can’t wait to try it on my next project (a Doctor Who scarf in cotton, losts of stripes). Thank you! 🙂

  7. I work alot in acrylic because I do alot of baby/kids stuff and chemo caps that just work out better in acrylics. I’ve had a terrible time with ends coming undone; even knots coming undone. Someone said to use Fray Check on the knot. What do you think about that?

  8. Hi Adele – I’ve never used Fray Check, so I can’t tell you anything about it. But I’m inclined not to use it, since securing the ends with knots (as I show in the video on this page) is so effective. Also, does Fray Check wash out? Or wash out of certain fiber types? Is Fray Check scratchy against the skin? I would be concerned about these things, and shy away from using glue products.

    Hope that helps!
    S t a c i

  9. I work with acrylic a lot and this knot technique works really good. I still weave in a full 6″ also. After 40 years of doing that, I’ll probably never feel comfortable with shorter ends. Now I’ll check out more of you videos for other new (to me) techniques.

  10. I am making a baby blanket with Spud and Chloe Outer which is 65% wool and 35% cotton. Would you suggest the cotton method of weaving in ends or the standard? I want to make sure I use the right method as this yarn is SO expensive and I dont want to risk ruining it.


  11. Hi Angela – you can always use this method for anything you knit, it isn’t overkill or anything. In your case, with this yarn that is 35% cotton, I would use this method for securing the ends. Especially if the blanket will be machine washed!

    S t a c i

  12. Wow! So simple! I will definitely try this the next time I use cotton or a similar fiber. I’ve been knitting since I was a small child and I’ve never seen this. I think this is the best “little” tip I’ve learned recently! 🙂 However, I am studying your magic loop tutorials to see if I can master socks on them (I’m tired of double points!).

  13. Thanks for this tutorial. I have a cotton dish cloth finished that is just waiting for the ends to be woven in. I am going to do that right now!

  14. Would you use the same technique for acrylic yarns? I like to use acrylic yarns on projects that may have to be washed a lot (like blankets and afghans for young kids).

  15. Thank you so much for sharing this technique! I just made a huge cotton bathmat with my stash and had a million ends to deal with. I was done in no time, no ends poking out and no worries with machine washing.
    So awesome!

  16. Hi Staci – I’m knitting the Concentric Squares baby blanket – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/concentric-squares-baby-blanket
    – using Schachenmayr Boston Sun which is a bulky weight, 50% cotton 50% acrylic blend 12-ply yarn. Do you think I would still be able to use this method for weaving in my ends? Being a bulky-weight 12-ply yarn, I’m having concerns if the knot will be small enough to be hidden.
    P.S. I love your videos! They are always so helpful!

    • Darlene – sorry, I can’t answer that! The best thing you can do is try it (on a swatch, if you’re really unsure), see how it looks, and if you like the look.

      S t a c i

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