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Apr 1, 2013 15:35:38   #
mperrone
 
This may sound dumb, but I never can get my yarn ends to stay hidden. Is there some kind of trick to this? I'm so bad at hiding them I tend to knit and/or crochet items that are one color. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Marianne (mperrone)
 
Apr 1, 2013 15:45:54   #
jumbleburt
 
Several things have helped me: when I weave the ends in I try to split the yarn of the stitches I'm weaving into and I kind of zig-zag rather than going in a straight line. I also wait until I've washed and blocked it to snip off the ends.
Apr 1, 2013 15:48:58   #
grandmann (a regular here)
 
I think acrylic yarns are very hard to work in the ends. when I'm working with that yarn I make sure I have a long enough tail to weave in so it doesn't unravel on me. Wool yarn is a lot easier to work in the ends all you have to do is spit on the yarn and the ends stay put.
Apr 1, 2013 15:53:27   #
Rosette (a regular here)
 
I only ever join a new ball at the edge of my work, then hide the end in a seam.
Apr 1, 2013 15:53:56   #
Dianne Saunders
 
When I am finishing off the ends, I run the yarn along under several stitches and then I reverse and go back a few stitches in the opposite direction. Using different stitches, of course. The change in direction seems to help.
Apr 2, 2013 07:38:38   #
Carol J.
 
I do as Dianne Saunders, make a U turn with the end and try to get the end into one of the stitches from where I started. Usually if the ends keep coming out, they are too short. Sewing the end through the bulk of other stitches works well instead of going in and out of established stitches. There are all kinds of ways to sew away the ends. Try different ones and the best is to be able to hide them in a seam.

Carol J.
 
Apr 2, 2013 08:26:45   #
mperrone
 
Thanks for all the help. I'm going to try all suggestions to see which one works best for me. After reading all your suggestions, I realized just how badly I was at trying to hide my yarn ends!
Apr 2, 2013 08:29:16   #
Knitish
 
Yes, u-turns, weaves and knots as needed.
Apr 2, 2013 09:13:46   #
KnitterNatalie (a regular here)
 
Dianne Saunders wrote:
When I am finishing off the ends, I run the yarn along under several stitches and then I reverse and go back a few stitches in the opposite direction. Using different stitches, of course. The change in direction seems to help.


Ditto...and, I try to "split" some of the wrong side stitches that I'm going through, to better "hold" the yarn.
Apr 2, 2013 09:38:28   #
knitnanny (a regular here)
 
Rosette wrote:
I only ever join a new ball at the edge of my work, then hide the end in a seam.


Me too... :thumbup:
Apr 2, 2013 11:08:21   #
EllenT1246
 
I would either do a magic double knot (leaves you with no ends) or do the braided join and then snip the ends after the item has been washed and blocked. :lol:
 
Apr 2, 2013 12:27:55   #
J. A.
 
you can't always start a new skein at the "seam edge". What do you do if Knitting a sweater in the round?
Apr 2, 2013 17:23:50   #
Evie RM (a regular here)
 
I used to do as some have suggested above, but now I use the Russian Join to join the two yarns together with no knot and no ends to weave in, just the end at the beginning which I usually knit in and then the yarn end when you are finished binding off. If you want to know how to do the Russian Join, there is an instructional video on line. In your search engine, just type in Knitted Russian Join and it should come up.
Apr 3, 2013 02:54:08   #
Jaymacphe
 
knitnanny wrote:
Me too... :thumbup:


And me... ;-)
Apr 3, 2013 07:51:02   #
oneofthegriffins
 
I love the Russian join, its well worth learning!
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