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June 04, 2006

Knitting Your Ends In

On Fridays -- the best day of the week -- I work at my LYS.  Last Friday, I drew the short straw in your 3 car, 4 driver household and had to be dropped off 2 hours early -- not a problem when you work in a knitting store.   I grabbed a couple balls of wool, pulled out my needles and continued with my log cabin fiesta.  As Friday turned into Saturday, and Saturday into Sunday, this log cabin square continued to grow and grow.

The colors are not very accurate, but you get the idea.

I find when I'm in a knitting groove, it's best to avoid bogging yourself down with laundry, bill paying, or weaving ends in.  If presented with a plethora of ends -- like my log cabin squares -- I opt for knitting my ends in as I go.   Shall I show you...

It takes two knit stitches (repeated several times) to lock in an end.  The first stitch -- steps 1 to 5 below -- twists the end and the working yarn.  The second stitch locks in the twisted.  Repeat these 6 steps for about 2 inches to secure the end. 

Step 1 -- Hold the end in your left hand and the working yarn in your right.  In this example, the end is sage green and the working yarn is turquoise.

Insert the right needle into the first stitch on the left needle.
Step 2 --  Lay the end over the right needle from right to left.

Step 3 -- Wrap the working yarn as you normally would to create the new stitch.

Step 4 -- Move the end to the right and off the right needle.
Step 5 -- Finish the knit stitch by drawing the new stitch through the old and sliding the old stitch off the left needle.

This completes the first stitch and twists the end and working yarn.
Step 6 -- Without changing the positions of the end and the working yarn, knit one more stitch normally.

This locks in the twisted end.

June 4, 2006 in Improvisational Knitting, Tips and Techniques | Permalink


Nona, your Gees-inspired squares continue to impress.

Posted by: Daphne | Jun 4, 2006 11:15:35 PM

That square is looking awesome, I love the little reddish stripes.

Posted by: gale (she shoots sheep shots) | Jun 5, 2006 4:23:33 AM

Completely cool! The square and knitting in ends.

Posted by: Susan | Jun 5, 2006 5:42:17 AM

Nona, I love your log cabin square. It has so much personality.

Posted by: Diana | Jun 5, 2006 6:01:36 AM

What do you do with the end from the new yarn? Knit it in on the return row?

Posted by: Linda | Jun 5, 2006 6:22:19 AM

hi nona! do you do this a row after you've changed colors?

Posted by: gleek | Jun 5, 2006 7:25:43 AM

nona here -- in answer to Linda's and gleek's questions: I tend to knit the end of the "old" yarn in on the first row of the "new" yarn and then knit the end of the "new" yarn in on the next knit row.

Posted by: nona | Jun 5, 2006 7:40:18 AM

Okay, that is the coolest square ever. My dh would LOVE an entire blanket like that. I will, as I do in all things knitting, copy this! :-) Wow. Very neato bandito. It's not unlike knitting an abstract painting.

And the tutorial rocks too! I am of the mind to tie the ends on the wrong side and snip. I know, BAD!

Posted by: Aura | Jun 5, 2006 10:12:51 AM

I've always wondered exactly how that was done! Thanks!

Posted by: jillian | Jun 5, 2006 12:24:41 PM

Love the colors and shape of this square, very nice.

Posted by: shelly | Jun 5, 2006 3:10:35 PM

I've always wondered what that phrase, "knitting in as you go" meant. Thanks!

Posted by: Stefani | Jun 5, 2006 7:18:37 PM

Thanks for the tip! I'm currently knitting a mitered square blanket, and this will save me much time when it comes to the finishing.

Posted by: Liz | Jun 6, 2006 9:30:21 PM

This is coming along beautifully! I love the little flashes of orange. And thanks for the info on locking in the ends.

Posted by: Zarah | Jun 7, 2006 6:04:58 AM

You explain this well. I've been doing this on all projects since the beginning (it's the way that I learned) and was surprised to notice that it's not something everyone knew.

Posted by: colleen | Jun 12, 2006 3:47:21 AM

I have been making log cabin squares and using this method for knitting in the ends -- this is very, very cool! Anything that helps with the finishing as you go is an excellent method in my book. Love your square! Unfortunately my personality does not generally permit me to make things that are so free-form, but I can admire them when others do, and I really like yours.

Posted by: AuntieAnn | Jul 10, 2006 8:37:55 PM

oh wow! another one of your great tutorials for the bookmarks. Thanks!

Posted by: Liz | Oct 6, 2006 6:46:59 AM

Thanks for the tip. I love knitting ends in!

Posted by: Emily | Jun 18, 2007 9:26:40 AM

Thank you for the wonderfully clear tutorial! I'm doing a log cabin afghan right now, and thanks to this technique I think I'll actually finish it.

Posted by: T2 | Feb 18, 2008 2:25:09 PM

Thank you so much for sharing this! After looking at many knitting reference books, I finally "get it" with your explanation and photos! Thanks for sharing this!

Posted by: Too Cozy | Mar 2, 2008 7:31:05 AM

What a wonderful, clear tutorial! Thank you!!!

Posted by: Jennifer | Jan 31, 2013 7:11:37 AM

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