Sunday Stitch – Weaving In Ends As You Knit (no sewing!)

The sewing in of ends can put a powerful frown on a knitter’s face. Any sewing of any sort seems to be might unpopular among knitters. While I haven’t yet heard of a way to make those sweater pieces graft themselves together (if I do I’ll run straight here to you!) I can share a way of weaving in those ends as you knit. Maybe that will relieve the knitting community of some of its terrible, tapestry needle inflicted burden!

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Weaving in ends without sewing in knitting

One evening at my weekly stitching group a lady, who had just come for the first time, loftily announced that she loved to sew in ends. In fact, she said, sewing in ends was her favorite part of a whole knitting project. I immediately stuck out my hand and said

“Hi! I’m Jenn and I’m your new best friend!”

She didn’t find me witty or charming. She didn’t offer to sew in my ends. She didn’t come back either. Oops.

Me? I’m not the biggest fan of sewing in or sewing up. I can do it. I seem to end up doing it a lot. But there are other ways I’d rather spend my time. If I can cheat and weave them in as I knit I’m doing that. I love me a good cheat.

The term “weaving in” is a bit misleading. There is no weaving going on here at all. Its more like trapping. I’m using the horizontal bars that run between one stitch and the next to trap that end as I knit. This method is very easy to get the trick of and if you’ve done intarsia color work, or stranded knitting with long floats, then it may look familiar to you.

Taking Care of The Ends As You Knit


Hope that was helpful. I have more free tutorials for knitters like this one that you might want to check out.

And if you decide sewing ends in with a tapestry needle is a joyful pastime that you can’t bear to give up then… Hi! I’m Jenn and I’m your new best friend!




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7 thoughts on “Sunday Stitch – Weaving In Ends As You Knit (no sewing!)

    1. It works for all weights but not in all patterns. It won’t work for lace stuff at all. Yarn overs screw up all trapping efforts of course. And if I have a slippery cotton (of any thickness) then I do that dreaded duplicate stitch technique. lol

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  1. HI there! I am so excited! I have an intarsia project that I have waited a year to start because it intimidated me so! You mentioned intarsia at the beginning. Is this how I work in all the ends so there isn’t a mess all over the back to weave in? This is the first of your videos that I have viewed and I loved it! You worked slowly enough and with large enough yarn and needles and the camera was close enough for timid perennial beginners like me to feel like I can follow along and do it. Thank you!

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    1. Well first of all, thanks for the kind words about the videos. If you watch too many of mine, especially the early ones, you’ll notice that I have gotten much better at making those things! lol New technology and I have to have many arguments before things start to work right.

      As for intarsia, that is another whole ball of wax. When you do an intartsia project, there is no way to avoid having all those dangling ends. There are ways to help manage them. If you’d like a quick but helpful guide on makign intarsia less of a headache try:
      http://www.thewoollybrew.co.uk/2011/02/intarsia-very-beginners-guide-in-10.html

      Its an older post I I like it. I have that one bookmarked.

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