If you’ve been learning how to crochet and have just got to the end of your first crochet project, then now is the time to learn how to finish off crochet! You’ll generally see the words ‘fasten off’ at the end of every crochet pattern or shape, but occasionally people may refer to this technique as ‘how to tie off crochet’ – don’t worry, they’re both the same thing! Essentially, when you fasten off crochet (or tie off crochet), you’re putting a knot in place so that your crochet doesn’t unravel. As well as the crochet fasten off technique, we’ll also show you how to weave in your ends securely using a yarn needle.
How to fasten off crochet
Once you’ve worked your last stitch, you’ll have one loop left on your hook. Cut the yarn leaving a tail approx 15cm-long. Wrap the yarn round the hook (yrh) and pull through the loop.
Remove the hook and pull the yarn tail to tighten it up. This will create a nice little knot that will mean your yarn can’t unravel.
*Once you’re accustomed with how to fasten off crochet, some people will remove the hook altogether at step 1, loosen the last loop and thread the yarn through by hand*. That’s all there is to it, now you know how to fasten off crochet/how to tie off crochet!
How to weave in crochet ends
Once your crochet is fastened off, there’s one more thing you’ll need to do to finish off crochet – you need to hide that yarn tail. Weaving the tail in not only helps it to look neater, but also secures the tail in place so even with a lot of movement your crochet won’t unravel (never cut the tail right up to the crochet fasten off knot as this could potentially work itself loose).
To weave in your ends, thread your tail onto a yarn needle (also called a tapestry needle). On the wrong side of your crochet, weave the needle down in and out of the back of a few stitches as shown in the picture.
Weave the needle back going in an upwards direction. There are no strict rules about how best to weave in the ends of yarn – the important thing is that they need to be secure and invisible from the front. When crochet is pulled or requires a lot of movement, woven in tails can occasionally come loose, so you may want to weave the yarn tail in different directions to prevent this from happening.
And that’s how to finish off crochet! It’s so simple, before you know it you’ll be fastening off without even needing to think about it.