Technique Thursday - Weaving in ends

If only you could wave a hand over your finished object and make all the little ends tuck themselves away neatly. If I can I join spit-splice new yarn in as I go and weave in remaining ends along the edges of seams or pseudo-seams (ie. where stitches were picked up along a selvedge). I learned to weave in ends within the fabric of a piece by duplicate stitching on the wrong side like this. The result is very neat from the wrong side, but I find it often creates visible bulk on the right side because you're actually going under the stitches. It's a good option if you're making something reversible, but otherwise I prefer to use a sharp needle and follow the path of the stitches in the same way but only skim the needle through the yarn rather than under it.

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It's more visible on the WS (even when not done in a contrast yarn!) but the fact that the stitching sits on the surface of the fabric means that it's not pushing the original stitches out on the RS.

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The zig-zag pattern has a similar effect to the zig-zag stitch on a sewing machine: it allows the fabric to stretch without breaking the stitching. It also makes it harder for the end to come loose - skimming the end in in straight lines can pop out easily when the fabric is stretched. 

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If the project is small the easiest way to untwist the plies is to split them a little and then let the project dangle from that strand. Don't do that with an adult sweater though, the yarn will probably break off and weaving in almost non-existent ends isn't fun at all! 





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