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Old 01-18-2009, 07:11 PM   #1
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leaving tails?
How long do you leave CO tails or when you have to switch to another ball of yarn... how long do you leave those after weaving?
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Old 01-18-2009, 07:21 PM   #2
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I usually have mine short, a couple of inches, but many people like them 3-4" long. After weaving in, there shouldn't be anything left, so if you've woven them through a few stitches, then just clip off the extra. If you want to use the tail yarn for seaming, then you'd want to leave about 2-3 times the length of the seam.
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Old 01-18-2009, 07:24 PM   #3
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I always leave 6-8 inches. But I like to weave my ends in a lot so I know they're secure and I don't like sewing with a short length of yarn.
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Old 01-18-2009, 07:38 PM   #4
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I leave about 6-8 inches as well, for weaving in. I do like to leave about 1/2 an inch after cutting off the woven-in yarn, because mine seem to poke out the front eventually if I don't. Clearly suzeeq is better at weaving in that me!

One thing I just tried today when weaving in yarn on a dishcloth was to weave in most of the yarn as usual, then when I just had about three inches left, I split the four-ply yarn into two sections and wove those in separately. That worked much better and doesn't show at all. It's much less lumpy!
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I usually just pull the ends through the nearby sts on the WS with a crochet hook. You can't tell they're there and there's no lumpy double thick stitch. Unless I'm misunderstanding how you're supposed to do it...
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I leave a longish tail too most of the time. If I can I like to use the duplicate stitch method of hiding ends and like to have a longer tail for that. I've never used a crochet hook for working in ends in knit (I used to for crochet), but so many thing work.
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I recently started using duplicate stitch for weaving in ends and I really like that method because it really secures the ends well, and I don't have trouble with them popping out on the other side.

When I'm snipping off the end, I pull on the end, stretching it a bit, and snip it. Then when I let go, it disappears into the fabric.
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One thing I just tried today when weaving in yarn on a dishcloth was to weave in most of the yarn as usual, then when I just had about three inches left, I split the four-ply yarn into two sections and wove those in separately. That worked much better and doesn't show at all. It's much less lumpy!
Hi!

After you weave in a few stitches, split the yarn plies as Jax says, and then you pull 1/2 back through the same stitch and tie the two 2-ply sections in a double knot. Then weave through the rest.

The double knot is so small that it'll bury itself easily into the weave and it makes the tie off so much more secure. This is terrific for dishcloths since they get so much wear!

Happy knitting,

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I usually just pull the ends through the nearby sts on the WS with a crochet hook. You can't tell they're there and there's no lumpy double thick stitch. Unless I'm misunderstanding how you're supposed to do it...
I had never thought of using a crochet hook. I'll have to give that a try!
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Probably that's how I get away with shorter tails than people who use a tapestry needle. With the needle, you'd have to have a tail at least twice as long as the needle, I think.
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