Weaving in your yarn ends, or tails, is a way to secure them so that they don’t come loose when you wash or wear your knitted items, leading to unraveled knitting or a hole in your garment.
To make weaving in your ends easier, always leave at least a six-inch tail when you cut your yarn.
- Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle.
- With the wrong side of the work facing you, insert the tapestry needle into a purl bump near the edge of the work.
- Moving diagonally, do the same thing with the next two closest purl bumps.
- Continue until you’ve gone under at least 5 bumps. Pull the yarn through. Not too tight! Tug the knitting to un-pucker if needed.
- Rotate work 180 degrees.
- With the tapestry needle, go into the closest purl bump next to the diagonal line you already made.
- Repeat this at least four times. The tapestry needle will be under at least 5 purl bumps going the opposite direction to the first line. Pull yarn through and rotate work another 180 degrees.
- Repeat Steps 6-7. Pull yarn through.
- Tug swatch in all directions to even out the tail and let it take up as much room as it needs.
- Trim the tail, leaving about 1/4 inch (.5 cm) sticking out of the wrong side of the work.
The Finished Weave in Tails/Ends on Stockinette Stitch