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Crochet 101: How to Bind Off Crochet & Neatly Weave in Ends

So far in this series, we’ve covered how to create a foundation chain to start your crochet and how to work a basic single crochet. Now, to finish that swatch off, we need to secure the ends of the yarn so it doesn’t come undone. In this lesson, we’re going to cover how to bind off a crocheted piece and neatly weave in ends. It’s super simple and used on pretty much anything you crochet so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice!

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How to Bind Off Tutorial

When you’re finished crocheting your piece, you need to secure the ends with a very simple bind off that keeps the last stitch you made in place. Take a look at the pictured instructions below to see it again, step-by-step.

Note: You can bind off at any point in the work, it doesn’t have to be at the beginning or end of a row. But for this, I’m fastening off after 9 rows of SC.

1. Work up until the end of the row (or wherever you need to BO). After working your last stitch, chain 1.

2. Pull the loop out larger than you normally would, so that it doesn’t unravel accidentally. Remove the hook.

3. Cut your working yarn, and pull on the loop. Bring the tail out and give it a little tug to tighten it.

The sample above is actually half double crochet, not single crochet, but I didn’t have another picture! 

And you’re all done!

That’s how you bind off a crocheted piece! Now all you need to do is weave in the ends of yarn that stick out so you have nice, neat edges. To do that, just use your crochet hook or a tapestry needle to bring the tail yarn in and out through the spaces in the piece. This tucks the tail away so you don’t see it and it doesn’t get in the way. You can see how I did it in the video.

Once you’re done, the edge should be clean and neat like the swatch below.

Thanks so much for reading, everyone! Keep practicing and I’ll be back with another tutorial soon 🙂

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