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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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