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Crocheting Over Yarn Ends - How to Work Overtop of the Yarn Ends When Crocheting

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Overview - Instructions for Crocheting Over Yarn Ends
Positioning the Yarn Tails to Crochet Over the Ends

Positioning the Yarn Tails to Crochet Over the Ends

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Are you tired of weaving in lots of yarn ends when you crochet? Learn how to crochet over yarn ends instead. This tutorial demonstrates how to work overtop of the yarn ends to hide them.

This technique will save you time when crocheting; it's a lot easier to crochet overtop of ends than it is to weave them in later.

Note: The results are not as secure as woven-in ends are -- particularly if you crochet loosely. If you are working stripes, I recommend carrying the yarn up the sides of your work,which is a more secure method than this is.

When to Crochet Overtop of the Yarn Ends:

  • This technique works best with projects that will not have to withstand machine washing, frequent laundering, or excessive wear and tear. Good candidates include projects you plan on dry cleaning or hand washing, as well as projects that don't need to be washed too often.

  • This technique is best with stitches that do a good job of covering up the yarn ends. Single crochet and double crochet are ideal. This technique doesn't work quite as well with lacy, open stitches.

Instructions:

In my sample, color A is the pink yarn; color B is the blue yarn. In some real-life crochet projects, A and B could be the same color, and in some projects they could be different colors. Substitute whatever color(s) you're using when you work your own project.

In the photo above, you can see that I've crocheted a row of single crochet with color A, and I am in the process of switching to color B. The color change created a tail of color A and a tail of color B. I want to crochet overtop of both of these tails instead of weaving them in later.

The first step is to position the tails of yarn overtop of the last row or round of stitches worked, as shown in the photo above.

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