FINISHING OFF: HOW TO COMPLETE YOUR INFINITY SCARF

If you are new to knitting, finishing off your project can be a daunting task. Even highly skilled knitters have been known to leave a project sitting for ages and all it needs are the finishing touches. Using my recently completed free infinity scarf pattern, I'm going to show you two basic techniques for finishing off: joining two edges and darning / weaving in yarn ends. You will need a darning / tapestry needle and a pair of scissors.

For those of you who've been wondering where I've been for over a month...I must first apologize for not putting up any new posts. I hope I haven't left too many of you stranding with your knitting projects! My husband, our kitty and me have recently moved. It took a little while to re-adjust to a new city and home...not to mention all the unpacking that needed to get done. We are all settled in now and loving our new home. I'm happy to be back online and can't wait to share today's post with you all!

Let's look at joining two edges first. Take the two edges that you need to join together and lay them flat next to each other on a smooth surface with the long tail closest to you.

JOINING TWO EDGES

Using the long tail that is attached to the finished edge and your darning needle, insert your needle into the first stitch on the opposite edge. Pull your needle and yarn through the stitch. Next, insert your needle in to the first stitch on the opposite edge from which it is now attached and pull it through. Continue in this manner, zig-zagging back and forth with your needle and yarn all the way to top. Remember, always insert your needle from the bottom side through to the top side. You can see what this looks like in the series of pictures below.

STEP ONE JOINING TWO EDGES

STEP TWO JOINING TWO EDGES

STEP THREE JOINING TWO EDGES

SEWING TOGETHER TWO KNIT PIECES

Your work should look clean and straight, resembling a braid. Leave the end of yarn at the top and I'll show you how to darn / weave it in so that your work won't unravel in the next step.

SMOOTH EVEN SEAM


Now let's darn / weave in all the ends of yarn to finish off your beautiful knitted piece. You will need a darning / tapestry needle and a pair of scissors.

DARN IN YARN ENDS


Pick an end you'd like to start with and using your darning needle, insert your needle into the closest stitch and weave the yarn end up through several stitches (approximately two inches) and back. This will secure the yarn end and keep your work from unraveling. Trim off the excess yarn and repeat.

WEAVE IN YARN ENDS

STEP ONE DARN / WEAVE IN YARN ENDS

STEP TWO DARN / WEAVE IN YARN ENDS
I can't wait to see your finished pieces! Let me know how it turned out and if this was a helpful post via twitter @tinselmint. Cheers!






9 comments:

  1. I am happy to see you are back. I have nearly finished my scarf and when I do you will be the first to have a picture.
    It has been a fun project. Thanks

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  2. Thanks, this is so helpful, I am a VERY beginner knitter and am trying to make my own infinity scarves!

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  3. Could someone tell me how wide this scarf should be?

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  4. I know that some infinity scarfs should be twisted before they are joined...How about this one? I am almost ready to join my ends (first knitting project ever!) and would like to know the best method (flat or twisted?)
    Thanks!

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    1. Some are twisted, but most are not. I prefer the flat method as the twisted will only create more bulk which you will get anyway from doubling the scarf around your neck. However if you like the idea of more bulk you can easily add a twist before you stitch your scarf ends together. :)

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  5. Hi, I cannot tell but are you only inserting needle through one loop, not both loops on the edge?? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Claire,
      I'm inserting the needle through the outside loop only for a neater finish.

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