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 binding off a crocheted piece and neatly weaving in ends. It’s super simple and used on pretty much anything you crochet so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to practice!
Binding Off Tutorial
First, I’ll show you the video on binding off, then break it down with pictured instructions.
Easy, right? You’re really only securing the last stitch to make sure it doesn’t open up and unravel, but it’s super simple to do! 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!
You’ve finished binding off your crocheted piece. Now all you need to 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 above.
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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