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How to Weave in Yarn Ends Like a Pro

Crafting is a labor of love. We spend lots of time choosing the perfect pattern and then knitting, crocheting or even weaving a project. Once we’ve finished crafting, all that’s left is the “finishing work” which includes weaving in ends and blocking. Some crafters dread weaving in ends, but today we’ll give you our top tips and tricks for weaving in ends and putting the perfect finish on all your projects!

To weave in ends, you will need a wool needle (sometimes called a yarn or tapestry needle) of appropriate size for your yarn, and a pair of sharp scissors. Good lighting helps, too!

For the purposes of today’s tutorial, we’re using a contrasting color of yarn so you can follow the steps easily - obviously, you’ll be using the same yarn as in your project so your finishes will blend into your piece. In general, we like to weave our ends in before blocking, but we wait to trim the ends until after the piece is blocked. This allows you to do your finishing work as you finish your crafting, but also allows the fabric to stretch and adjust during blocking. If you trim your ends before you block, be sure that you have woven in your ends through enough stitches, and allowed enough give that your ends won’t pull out when the garment is stretched.

Knitting: Garter Stitch Finishes


To weave in ends in a garter stitch project, use the following steps.

Step 1: Thread your needle with your tail. On the wrong side of your work, insert the needle up through the first stitch. Pull yarn through so the stitch is snug, but not too tight, allowing for some stretch.

Step 2: Now you will follow the loop on top of the stitch and insert the needle down through the next stitch in the same row.

Step 3: Now comes the tricky part: even though your garter ridges look like they could be woven together, there is actually a row of knit stitches in between.

Separate the ridges so you can see the channel in between, and insert your needle under both legs of the next stitch. If you look closely, you will see that you’re following a single strand of yarn through the stitches on the current row.

Repeat Steps 1-3 several more times; we like to do this sequence a minimum of 4-6 times to ensure a secure finish. When you are done, your project will look like this:

Again, you want to be sure that your yarn is pulled through securely, without a lot of slack. However, be sure that you haven’t pulled too tightly and that your work can lay flat and relaxed.

Now, if you look at the right side of your work, you will see that despite the obvious duplicate stitches on the wrong side of your work, there is only a little glimpse of the blue on the front of the work:

When you are using matching yarn in your projects, this little line will fade into the channel between garter ridges!

Knitting: Stockinette Stitch Finishes


To weave in ends on a stockinette stitch project, you will use the following steps.

Step 1: Thread your needle with your tail. On the wrong side of your work, insert the needle diagonally up through two stitches. Pull yarn through so the stitch is snug, but not too tight, allowing for some stretch.

Step 2: Now you will follow the loop on top of the top most stitch and insert the needle diagonally down through the next two stitches in the same row.

Now you will follow the loop under the bottom most stitch, and repeat Step 1 again. Continue repeating Steps 1-2 several more times; we like to do this a minimum 4-6 times to ensure a secure finish. When you are finished, the wrong side of your project will look like this:

On the right side, the duplicate stitch finish is completely invisible - just like magic!

And that’s all there is to weaving in ends using duplicate stitch!

Crochet: Two Methods to Weave in Ends

The two easiest ways to weave in yarn ends on a crochet project are weaving in the ends through the stitches, or using whipstitch. You may even want to use a combination of these techniques, depending on the stitch pattern you've used! For either technique, you will want to use the same color of yarn as used in your project (we're using a contrast color so that you can better see the techniques) and work on the wrong side of the fabric.

To weave in yarn ends through the stitches, you will work in multiple directions to best secure the ends. That means that you can work diagonally and vertically, running your needle through groups of stitches at a time.

To whip stitch your yarn ends, use the darning needle to loop around one half of the chain stitch that each stitch is worked in like so:


In our example, we have combined both of these techniques to secure the yarn:

We hope these tips help you achieve the perfect finish to every project. We also recommend bookmarking or saving this post on Pinterest to save it for later. We look forward to seeing your finished projects - please share them on social media using the #knitterspride hashtag!

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Spring Charity KCAL & Warm Feet, Warm Heart Socks by Mone Dräger [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Our first Charity Craft-along for 2020 is here! This spring, we invite all of our fans to make socks for those in need. These portable projects are perfect for changing seasons, and we've teamed up with designer Mone Dräger to bring you a new FREE pattern to knit during our Spring Charity Craft-along!

About Our Featured Designer

Mone lives in a village in Germany and loves to craft and be creative. She can’t imagine a day without knitting and enjoys playing around with colors and stitch patterns. She has a special fancy for knitted accessories, above all socks.  If you'd like to learn more about Mone and her designs, follow her blog or connect with her on FacebookInstagram or Ravelry.

Free Knitting Pattern: Warm Feet, Warm Heart Socks by Mone Dräger 

A couple of years back, with her sock drawer constantly overflowing, she started to donate socks to various charities and was baffled to learn how big the need for socks is. Her sock design ‘Warm Feet, Warm Heart’ was designed especially for charity knitting, having unknown recipients in mind. Knitted almost entirely in ribbing patterns with an integrated heel, the socks have sufficient elasticity to fit differently shaped feet and even accommodate to the needs of people with swollen ankles.


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More Sock Patterns

Mone has many more sock patterns for you to enjoy, and has created a special deal for our blog readers this spring! Get 25% off all individual sock patterns* by entering Warm Feet KAL (three words with spaces between and in capital letters as written here) at checkout. This coupon code is valid now through Friday, March 27, 2020.

*sock pattern collections not eligible for this discount

How to Participate

  • Knit or crochet ANY sock pattern during the course of this KCAL, which takes place Friday, March 13, 2020 through Friday, May 1, 2020. 

  • Share your finished sock photos here in our Ravelry group, or post them on Facebook or Instagram using the #knitterspride and #KPCharityKCAL hashtags to be entered in our prize drawing (more on that in a moment!).

  • Donate your socks to someone in need! If you need a few suggestions, try checking with local organizations such as hospitals, shelters or hospices, or you can send your donations to Wool Aid, where they will be given to those who need them most. 

Spring Charity KCAL Prizes

We have 3 great prizes up for grabs: a Ginger DPN Set, a Waves Crochet Set, and a Large Navy Pattern Holder

ANY pair of socks finished between March 13, 2020 - May 1, 2020 will be eligible in our prize drawing. We will randomly select our 3 lucky winners from those who have shared their finished sock projects here in our Ravelry group, or on Facebook or Instagram using the #KPCharityKCAL hashtag. We will notify the winners via direct message after May 1. 

We can't wait to see all of your knitted and crocheted socks! 

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Nupps and Bobbles: Adding Texture to Your Knits

Do you love textured knits? Projects full of different stitch patterns and and three dimensional textures have always been popular but recently knits with bobbles, those fun little balls integrated into your knitting, are making a comeback. Today we’ll talk about some of the ways to add texture to your knitting, including how to create nupps and bobbles, and the differences between the two techniques. Let’s dive in!

Nupps

Nupps originate from Estonian knitting where the word “nupp” translates to bud. These small buds, or nupps, are created in the space of a single stitch and are generally more delicate than bobbles. They are also worked within the knitting and tend to sit flush with your knitting, rather than on top of your knitting (as bobbles do, which we’ll discuss below).

To create a nupp, work your knitting to the stitch where you want to place it.

Work the nupp by creating knit stitches (abbreviated as a k) and yarnovers (abbreviated as yo) into the same stitch. Nupps can come in any size, but common sizes are 5 or 7 “loops.” In the swatch shown below, we have created a 7-stitch nupp by k-yo-k-yo-k-yo-k into the same stitch.

Hint: Take care to leave the loops loose enough that you can work them on the return row.

Next, slip the original stitch off of the needle and continue working to the end of your row.

On the following row, resolve the nupp by working all 7 loops as one stitch. In this case, we will purl the 7 stitches together into a single stitch.

Hint: If you find purling the nupp difficult with your knitting needles, many knitters use a crochet hook to help pull the working yarn through all 7 stitches.

Bobble

Bobbles are similar to nupps in that they add texture to your knitting, but the difference is that they sit more prominently on top of your knitting. Bobbles are created within a single stitch, but they are worked back and forth a few times before resolving (as opposed to resolving these stitches on the next row as described above). Bobbles can be any size, and for comparison we’ll make ours using the same number of stitches as above.

To create a bobble, work to the stitch where you want to place it.

Then, knit into the front (abbreviated as f) and back (abbreviated as b) of the same stitch repeatedly. In this case, that means we will knit f-b-f-b-f-b-f, creating 7 loops on the needle.

Rather than continuing to work the current row, you will now turn your work and build up the bobble. Begin by purling all 7 stitches, then turn your work again. Knit the 7 bobble stitches, and turn the work. For the final row, purl all 7 stitches across, and then turn your work so that you are ready to resume work on the right side of your project. Resolve the bobble by knitting these 7 loops together.


Once you have finished knitting the bobble, you can work to the end of the row.

Knitting Patterns with Nupps & Bobbles

Now that you’re armed with two new techniques for adding texture to your knits, there’s a whole world of patterns you might enjoy! For your first bobble project, try the January Hat by Courtney Kelley, which is a free hat pattern that will give you a chance to test your newfound knowledge of bobbles, or try the Leni Hat by Isabell Kraemer. Love to knit shawls? Aeolian by Elizabeth Freeman is a free Knitty pattern that combines nupps with lace for a beautiful effect, or check out the Echo Flower Shawl by Jenny Johnson Johnen. Go big on yarn and texture with the Bobble Throw by Jen Geigley, or stitch some wearable bobbles with the Faded Neve sweater by Andrea Mowry.


Giveaway Winner

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Knitting, Crochet & Pop Culture: Free Pattern Round-Up (+ Giveaway!)

While winter lingers just a bit longer, get cozy and craft your way to spring! In our latest round-up of free pattern inspiration, we spotlight some of the latest pop culture phenomena to inspire clever knit and crochet patterns for crafty fans like you. We also have a special giveaway just for our blog readers this month - keep reading for more details!

Star Wars
The viral popularity of the Baby Yoda character (also called The Child) introduced in last year's The Mandalorian series has crossed over into the world of craft, with knitters and crocheters making their own patterns celebrating this cute addition to the Star Wars Universe. While you wait for season 2 to arrive, try the Baby Yoda knit hat pattern by Shinah Chang or the Wise One crochet beanie by Elizabeth Roggasch to make hats for the little ones in your life. We're also loving all of the cute stuffed toy patterns that are popping up, such as the Baby Yoda knit doll by Kim Konen, the Baby Yoda Amigurumi by LarissaMaced (@beefriendscrochet), and the Baby Yoda Space Pod by Ami Amour.


Superheroes
With a new Wonder Woman movie coming out this summer, there are lots of great knitting and crochet patterns inspired by the Amazon warrior princess. You may remember Carissa Browning's Wonder Woman Wrap,  available in your choice of a Knit or Crochet version, which came out when the first Wonder Woman movie arrived in theaters. But there are plenty more patterns to try, such as the Wonder Woman Amigurumi by Yazmina Nieblas, the Wonder Woman double knit scarf by Konchan le Me, and many more found here!

Another popular superhero in recent years, Captain Marvel, inspired the Higher, Further, Faster Hat by Sara Huntington Burch, Captain Marvel fingerless gloves by Maratini knits, and Taking Flight by Katherine Belisle.

For still more patterns inspired by superheroes, check out We Call Him Spidey Mittens by Kathleen Taylor, the Captain America Baby Beanie & Shield Blanket by The Geeky Hooker, the Batman Wristband by 8-Bit Nerd, or the Black Panther Amigurumi by Yazmina Nieblas. Last but not least, while you wait for the next volume of Guardians of the Galaxy, why not stitch your own Groot Amigurumi by Clare Heesh to keep you company?

Gaming
Pokémon Go is one of the most successful video game apps of all time, and Pokémon Day is February 27 - why not stitch your favorite Pokémon to celebrate? Crochet designer Strings Away has created cute amigurumi versions of several Pokémon - click here to see them all and get started on stitching your very own Pokédex! Featured below are a few of the most well-known Pokémon, Pikachu (by Strings Away) and Snorlax (by Cathrine Johansson). Delight a Pokémon trainer with a Pokéball Knit Hat by Vicki Mann or a crocheted Pokéball Hat by Bonnie Jacobs - you can even knit or crochet a Pokéball so they can catch 'em all!  Click here for even more free knit & crochet patterns inspired by Pokémon!

The Super Mario games - both old and new - have inspired lots of clever patterns such as the Super Mario Mushroom Knitted Toy by Emily Miller, Crocheted Mario Mushroom by Linda Potts, Vickie Howell's Mario Mushroom Mitts, or the Yoshi Amigurumi by Kerstin Brünnler. For more patterns inspired by Super Mario and other Nintendo games, click here!

Giveaway
One lucky blog reader will win a Knitter's Pride prize pack which includes a Large Navy Knitting Chart Keeper, a Reverie Stitch Marker Pouch, and a set of Midnight Beauty Stitch Markers! To enter, just leave a comment on this post telling us about a project you've made (or want to make) that was inspired by your favorite book, movie, video game or other pop culture phenomenon! Be sure to also include your Ravelry ID or email address so that we can contact you if you've won. We'll announce the winner on our next blog post on Friday, February 28. Good luck!

Free Knit & Crochet Patterns for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and we've spotted several fun, free patterns to celebrate the day - just grab some yarn and your favorite Knitter's Pride needles or hooks and get ready to stitch something sweet for the one you love!

Free Knitting Patterns: Accessories
Valentine Mitts by Schibot Garne or the Valentine Mittens by Anita Viksten will keep hands warm; for toasty toes, try the Have a Heart Valentine Socks by Denise Bein Kroll or the V for Valentine Socks by Ellie Jones. If you're looking to knit a hat, try Milda by Claire Slade, the Valentine's Day Hat by Lisa Overby, or the Cupid's Mix Beanie by Jamie Hoffman. If you're short on time, whip up a super bulky Valentine Cowl by Sandra Nesbitt.
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Free Crochet Patterns
Keep your valentine warm with the Mini Heart Knit Look Hat by Kelsey Daughtry or the Valentine Beanie by Krystle Lindsay. If you're crocheting for wee ones, try the child-size Hearts and Stripes Forever by Christina Ramirez  or the Little Sweetheart Valentine's Day Hat by Lace Kennedy Crochet. Or, keep chills away with the Scarf Love Fringe Scarf by Jeris Swanhorst or the Madly In Love Cowl by Tamara Kelly.

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All Things Heart-Shaped
For knitters, the Love Note Valentine Pouch by Angelina Panozzo is perfect for stashing away special messages; add a festive flair to your craft room with the Easy Knit Heart Garland by Cassandra May; hang up a few stuffed No-Sew Hearts by Mary Anne Walters or decorate with a rainbow of Hearts in a Hurry by Frankie Brown; or use up leftover bits of yarn to knit a cute Knit Heart Pendant by Sarah E. White.

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For crocheters, decorate with a few Valentine's Day Heart ornaments by GoldenLucyCrafts; whip up a few heart-shaped baskets with the Forever Love pattern by DROPS design; make a colorful collection of Candy Conversation Hearts by ChiWei Ranck or try the Brioche Heart by Tatsiana Kupryianchy; or, whip up a few Light Heart Dishcloths by Naztazia.

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For more Valentine's Day pattern inspiration, check out our Pinterest board here.

A Quick Guide to Crafting for Charity

We received such a tremendous response to our Charity Knit- & Crochet-alongs last year that we've got several more planned for 2020 - stay tuned! Before we announce our first Charity KCAL for 2020, we'd like to share some tips and resources for anyone new to the world of charity crafting, plus a few ways you can use your crafting skills to help those in need right now.

Materials to Use

Most charitable organizations have a list of requirements for donations. For handmade items, they may stipulate that all items must be machine washable or contain a certain fiber content, for example. Additionally, there may be specific fibers they wish to avoid, or specific colors that the items need to be.

Unless otherwise stated, it's best to opt for "easy care" yarns (i.e. super wash) to ensure that your donation can be enjoyed for years to come. Remember to label each piece with care instructions and fiber content before donating.

If you are donating items to children's charities, ensure that any small items that could be choking hazards (such as buttons) are secured, or us a child-friendly options (for example, embroidered features instead of safety eyes on a stuffed toy). 

What to Make

You may have a pile of gently-used or completely unworn hats, scarves and other projects that are in need of a good home. That's great - just in mind that some charities will only accept certain items or have other regulations that they must uphold. Before you send in your donation, check their website or contact them via email to find out what they need most. Donating items that are not needed can put a strain on organizations, where resources are frequently scarce.

Where to Donate Handmade Items

Chances are, there are plenty of folks in your own community who are in need! Not only will your donations directly impact your community, but you will save money on shipping (which means you can buy more supplies for making more items to donate). 

Start by contacting local shelters, hospices, hospitals, churches, and other community-based organizations to ask what they need and arrange your donation. 

Knittingforcharity.org is an excellent resource to, and you can also visit Crochet.org's resource list here to get started. For a more DIY approach, try the I'm Not Lost Campaign, as featured here on the Mason-Dixon Knitting Blog

Consider a Monetary or In-Kind Donation

Many organizations have limited space, and while the thought behind donating a handmade item is wonderful, it could have an adverse effect but straining other resources. Consider making a monetary donation instead; you could even sell your handmade goods and use the proceeds to fund your donation. If you've been cleaning out your craft room and have a lot of yarn and other unused supplies you'd like to donate, here are some places to contact about your in-kind donation.

Breaking News: Crafters Helping Victims of the Australian Bush Fires

Here is another cause where you can lend your crafting skills: animals affected by the devastating Australian bush fires are in need of handmade protective pouches and blankets to aid in their recovery (learn more here). We've also spotted numerous fundraisers within the crafting community to raise funds for animals and humans affected by the fires. For those who would prefer to donate funds directly to the source, Zoos Victoria has set up a Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund (and you can find more options for helping those affected by the fires here). 

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