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Weaving in Yarn Ends

Sue in the UK.

I just had to reply to your fantastic newsletter (I really do get so much from it, thank you!) to tell you how I sew in those dratted ends! When I get to the end of a skein, I stop at the end of the row, and start the next skein, lightly knotting to two together to prevent the stitches from becoming too loose, until it's time to sew the garment up.  Then I undo the knot, thread one of the ends on a yarn needle, starting with a double stitch, use that length to sew up as much of that seam as the length will allow.  Then I go back to the other length and, starting with a double stitch, sew up the seam the other way as far as I can go.  This gets as much usage out of the yarn as possible, without extra knots etc, in the seams, and prevents unravelling in the wash too!  I have been using this method for years now, and it hasn't let me down yet!
Thanks again for a really informative, useful newsletter and site.  I love it.

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Hi, Shirley I am still enjoying your newsletter so much and thought I would offer this to other readers.  I keep seeing requests for help in weaving in those annoying yarn ends.  Like every other knitter, I hate weaving in those ends and having them wash or wear loose.  After many years of experimenting with all the recommended methods, and not really liking any of them, I came up with this and it works every time for me!  When you reach the end of a skein, leave about 10-12 inches for weaving in.  When you are ready, thread the tail on a yarn needle as usual and going either up or down in a column of stitches, weave thru about 8-10 sts.  Then turn left or right, weave across on 4-5 sts, then turn back toward where you started and weave thru the same number of stitches.  When you get back to the same row where you started, turn again, TOWARD the first column, and weave in 2-3 sts across.  Then turn again, go in between the two colums and weave thru about 5-6 stitches, going in the same direction as the original colun.  To finish, gently pull on the knitting where the weaving was done, both up-and-down and sideways, to make sure the tail is loosely woven with plenty of length to stretch, then cut off any remaining tail.  I know this sounds complicated but once you do it, you will see how really simple it is.  Picture in your mind the bends of a paper clip, how it goes up and around, down and around, and back up the middle.  By making three columns of weave-in, in alternating directions with plenty of stretch, the tail will stay in place forever, and if you are careful with your weaving, it will not show thru on the front side.  Hope this helps someone! Terry

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