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How to Fasten Off Yarn in Crochet

8 of 12 in Series: The Essentials of Crocheting a Gauge Swatch

When you get to the end of your crochet design and you’ll need to fasten off the yarn. Fastening off crochet is a fancy way to say “cut the yarn and secure it.” You also need to fasten off one color to join a new color if you’re working with different color yarns.

1

Cut the yarn about 6 inches from the hook.

You weave the yarn end into the fabric to secure it.

2

Using your hook, draw the cut end of the yarn through the last remaining loop on your hook.

This step actually fastens off the yarn.

3

Pull gently on the tail of yarn to snug up the end.

This action keeps your work from coming apart without having to make large unsightly knots.

4

Thread the remaining yarn tail onto a yarn needle.

You need the yarn needle to weave the yarn into the fabric.

5

Weave the 6-inch tail of yarn up and down through 3 or 4 stitches — kind of in a zigzag pattern.

Be careful not to split the yarn of the stitches.

6

Go back the way you came, weaving the end backwards through those same few stitches.

This step makes the end really secure.

7

Cut the yarn about 1/4 inch from the fabric and gently pull the fabric.

The end disappears like magic, and your work is secure.

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