Hi, I am looking for a better way to hide the tied ends of skeins once the afghan is completed. My Mom taught me to used to the crochet hook to weave the tied ends into the "fabric" of the piece, thus hiding them. But, once you launder the afghan, many times a bit of the end comes sneaking back out after having been agitated in the washing machine. There must be a better way? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Nancy
Hi Nancy! Thanks for dropping by. Great question!
There are different ways to go about weaving in ends. You can certainly use a crochet hook to do it, but you might find that you get better results if you thread the ends through a needle and then use the needle to sew them into the back of the project.
Next time you shop for yarn, look around the aisle in the store that has things like knitting needles and crochet hooks. You'll usually find suitable needles in the same area. Look for needles that are larger than your average sewing needle, with larger eyes that could accommodate the crochet thread or yarn you used in your project.
I have a few different tapestry needles that I use for weaving in ends.
As far as the actual process goes, different people have different ways of doing their weaving. Everyone seems to have their favorite idea about which way is best.
Updated, 7-14-2013: My new favorite method: These days, I usually employ a combination of weaving in ends plus crocheting over the ends at the same time.
I haven't posted a tutorial for this yet, but I'll describe it briefly for you. As soon as I create a loose end, as soon as possible afterwards I weave part of it into the stitches that I'll be crocheting next (or shortly afterwards.) Then I crochet overtop of the stitches. Then I weave a little bit more in, going in a different direction. A little bit later I crochet overtop of that bit too.
Usually, if you just crochet overtop of your ends, it isn't always as secure as the regular way of weaving in ends -- depending on the stitch you're using and the looseness/tightness of your crochet stitches. So, I like using both methods combined.
I'd like to open the floor for comments. Which method(s) do you use for optimum security when dealing with your loose ends? We'd love to read your comments.