Almost all knitting patterns end with the instruction to “weave in all yarn ends”. It’s easily done if there is a seam, you just weave the ends into it. But often yarn ends are not fortunate enough to have a seam nearby.
There are wrong and proper ways of dealing with this problem.
The wrong way is to tie a knot, clip off the yarn, dab a drop of Fray Check onto the knot and hope it never unravels. His approach disregards one of the basic rules on knitting: to never have knots in your knitting. All ends should be properly woven into the body of the knitted fabric.
So how to properly (and most invisibly) weave in the yarn ends?
Below is the method I use and it has never failed me.
1.When weaving the ends I follow the weave of the fabric. For this example a plain stockinet stitch is used.
2.Turn the knitted piece wrong side up and look closely at how the stitches interweave.
3.To make the weave invisible on the right side of fabric it must follow the movement of the stitches on the wrong side of fabric (i.e. the darker colored stiches, numbers show the sequence of movements ).
4. Thread the tapestry needle with the end that needs to be woven in ( the fuchsia color yarn on the pic). Insert needle going in the direction from point 1 to point 2. Do not pierce the fabric stitches through, let your yarn end to move freely in between the stitches of the right and wrong sides of fabric.
5.Insert your needle in the direction from point 3 to point 4.
6.The yarn end is woven behind one stitch.
7.Repeat the above steps going from point 5 to points 6, and 7 and so on.
8.Continue for as many stitches as you need. Usually weaving behind 5-7 stitches is enough.
9.While weaving slightly tighten the yarn end so the loops on the top and bottom of the weave are uniform and not too loose. Now clip off the yarn ends.
10.Check the results on the right side of work. The stitches on the right side of work remain undistorted. Even the high contrast yarn used in this sample is practically invisible on the right side of work.
With time and use the woven length will become plied together with the main yarn and will be inseparable from it.
11. Different stitches will look differently on the wrong side of work. Take time to analyze their structure and movement and follow it when weaving the ends.
If you are a leftie, mirror the direction of the weave (i.e. work from left to right moving from point 5 to 4, 3, 2, 1, then repeat).