I feel the need to confess something. I don’t believe in weaving in ends of yarn to complete a project. I believe in tying. I know – I’m a rebel. How many times have you had a crocheted or knit blanket come out of the dryer with antenna? Or multiple antennae? I know it’s proper and old school to weave in ends but let me clue you in on the history of crochet. It became very popular when cloth became mass-produced on KNITTING machines. Inspect the shirt you are wearing. Chances are it is knit. The intricate designs of crochet were often used in home decor. Doily anyone? If I weaved in the ends of my work on an doily, I would bet money it would never come out. Why? It is going to sit on a table under a vase or lampshade and only disturbed to be gently cleaned when needed. I have an Etsy shop. I make hats… mostly for children. I have three of my own kids and they each have about five hats I made for them. They have been pulled, trampled, washed and dried (on normal cycles in my machine) and in five years not one has grown antennae or unraveled. Why? Because I tie each and every end (think hippo – in which case I’m tying eyes, ears, nostrils, snout).
In another tutorial I will show you how I tie my ends so they are nearly invisible. For simplicity’s sake, I am just going to demonstrate a very simple method. It is perfect for projects like a coffee cozy where the inside will never show when in use. We will also have a tutorial for weaving in ends. It is important to know how to do it (and when to do it).
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If you would rather weave in your ends you would do that here and dismiss the rest of the tutorial.