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Video: Weave in Tails/Ends on Stockinette Stitch

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.


  1. Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle.
  2. With the wrong side of the work facing you, insert the tapestry needle into a purl bump near the edge of the work.
  3. Moving diagonally, do the same thing with the next two closest purl bumps.
  4. 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.
  5. Rotate work 180 degrees.
  6. With the tapestry needle, go into the closest purl bump next to the diagonal line you already made.
  7. 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.
  8. Repeat Steps 6-7. Pull yarn through.
  9. Tug swatch in all directions to even out the tail and let it take up as much room as it needs.
  10. 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

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