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Old 02-02-2011, 11:09 PM   #1
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Weaving your ends. Lesson Learned.
When I first started knitting I used to think. Why do I need to weave in the ends. Why can't I just knot the end and have that be good enough. I would like to present these two pictures as examples of why. I loved this hat, and I could probably repair it, but I think its just going to serve as a lesson learned.

It is necessary to weave the ends of your knitting so that this doens't happen. I knotted the end of this project because I didn't know any better and this is what happens when you do that.

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The knot will eventually come loose. This hat is a couple years old, but it will eventually happen.
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:26 PM   #2
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Oh no! That's too bad. Can you pick up the stitches and finish off again?

I don't knot because I think to finish a hand knit object properly you need to weave in ends. Apparently this is another reason.
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:12 AM   #3
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Well, I always knot my joins, but I leave a bit of a tail on each end to weave into a couple sts on either side. I don't cut them off close so they don't come undone.
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:07 AM   #4
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I've also seen a join done with a temporary knot, which you remove when you're ready to weave. I like that because it keeps the stitch tight. I can't get the hang of that locking twist of the 2 yarns.

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It is too bad since it looks like a great hat. Like Suzeeq I weave in the ends and don't cut them too close to the knitting. I once heard someone say that the back of her knitting wouldn't win any prizes at the state fair, but she never had ends poking through either.
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I hate changing colors or having to change to a new ball/skein. I can't seem to work the new ball of yarn in without a hole. I must be doing something wrong, but I'm not sure how to fix it. I've done what suzeeq does - use a knot but leave a tail to weave in. I would love to sit down with someone who is more experienced and knowledgeable than me and *watch* how they do. Maybe then I'd know what I'm doing.
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
Well, I always knot my joins, but I leave a bit of a tail on each end to weave into a couple sts on either side. I don't cut them off close so they don't come undone.
I do the same thing that you do now that I've learned a bit more. At least thats what I do if its not a join that I can felt. I loves me a felted join.
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:45 AM   #8
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I hate changing colors or having to change to a new ball/skein. I can't seem to work the new ball of yarn in without a hole. I must be doing something wrong, but I'm not sure how to fix it. I've done what suzeeq does - use a knot but leave a tail to weave in. I would love to sit down with someone who is more experienced and knowledgeable than me and *watch* how they do. Maybe then I'd know what I'm doing.
To add in a new ball of the same color, I just knit one or two sts with both the end of the old and the beginning of the new. It make's a double thickness of yarn but it doesn't show and leaves no hole. An alternative is to only add in a new ball at the end of a row.

When changing colors you can repair the hole when you're finished by just crossing or twisting the yarn ends (the way you would if you were doing two color fair isle knitting) before you weave them into the back of the work. Check on the front of the work to make sure that what you're doing is closing the hole before you weave in the ends.
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I can't seem to work the new ball of yarn in without a hole.
I make sure the knot is in the purl bump of a knit stitch on the WS. I tie it loosely first, then work a few more rows and go back to rearrange it and tighten it up. By having more rows above the knot, you can adjust the tension on it so it's not holey.
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
Well, I always knot my joins, but I leave a bit of a tail on each end to weave into a couple sts on either side. I don't cut them off close so they don't come undone.
That's what I do. I also don't weave them in close because whenever I do they're sure to pop out the wrong side (the right side).
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