Make your edge look STUNNING after putting in all of that awesome crochet work. Since crocheting anything takes forever, don’t you think it’s a shame to leave your finished edge looking unfinished? Simply fastening off your yarn (the usual slip stitch and pull through) leaves a knot. It leaves your beautiful crochet looking like you have more work to do. You can do better, and your talent demands it. DEMANDS IT!
You can use your crochet hook to fasten off the yarn, and leave the tail to weave in later. (Do it immediately. You’ll high five yourself later.) This is the best part about this technique for me. What? That’s weird. Hear me out. I switch colors often. I change yarns often. I hate stopping to find a needle (I don’t work near needles, apparently.) to finish my edge, before I get to move on to the next portion. This is especially bothersome if I’m out somewhere and left my yarn needle at the house… every time, because I don’t like carrying around sharp needles. The fact that I can quickly finish off my edge and then get to go right into the next crochet section, makes me insanely happy.
How to do it (DOOOOO it!):
- Pull the loop up through the stitch so you have your yarn tail hanging out of the last stitch.
- Insert your hook through the second stitch from where you ended.
- Pull the yarn tail through.
- Pull your yarn tail back through the front loop of your last stitch. Make sure you adjust the tension so the “mock stitch” you just made, matches the other stitches.
- Weave in the the yarn tail.
It adds maybe an additional two minutes to your crochet time. That’s it. There are 5 steps. It’s easy to do (WITH YOUR CROCHET HOOK) and makes your work look as fabulous as heck. What else could you ask for? Nothing. I hope you take this great technique, and add it to your crochet toolbox. We’re taking out crochet up a notch. You can do it.
Do you have any other fastening off techniques that you use? What do you think of this one? Love it? Hate it? Do tell.