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Weaving in ends
Recently, smallest granddaughter requested a blanket for her favourite doll. I thought I'd make a smaller version of the one I made for her when she was a baby and I've just finished crocheting all the squares. I've joined them using the join-as-you-go method, but whichever method I used, there would still have been an awful lot of loose ends! This is the snag of doing multi-coloured crochet or making items from squares or other motifs.

See what I mean?

All those ends!

You often see people saying that you should weave them in as you go along, but here's why I don't.

For Christmas 2015, I decided to crochet some Christmas stockings for the grandchildren. The idea was that they would have money for their main present but I would give them some sweets and small toys in a stocking so they would have something to open and enjoy on Christmas day. I embarked on the three stockings, but after getting this far, I realised that they were coming out far too big.

All those ends!

See all those ends?! Now, if I'd woven them in as I went, I would have just have had to throw those part finished stockings away because when I weave in an end, it stays weaved! I know that from bitter experience. A few years ago I was trying to make something out of African flower motifs and I'd followed the advice to weave in ends as soon as I finished and joined each motif. Unfortunately, I eventually realised that I didn't like the way the project was working out and I decided to frog it and rescue the yarn to use for something else. It was a complete pain trying to find and unpick the ends and I wasted quite a lot of yarn.

This time, however, the unravelling was easy and the yarn, along with other random bits from my stash, ended up as small tea cosies which I use every day.

Small tea cosies

To be honest, I don't find it too bad tidying up the ends all in one go. I usually find an interesting drama on the BBC iPlayer and once you get into it, end-weaving can be quite relaxing.

Here are the three small Christmas stockings I made. It was quite easy to modify the original pattern to make them smaller.

Small Christmas stockings

I did finish one large one. Here it is for comparison. It would have taken an awful lot of chocolate and treats to fill it and my son and daughter would not have been pleased if I'd given their children so much sweet stuff!

Large & small Christmas stockings
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From: kaishin108 Date: February 14th, 2017 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh oh, I see what you mean! I never crocheted, just knitted when I was younger. I wish you could come give a crochet workshop at JoAnn's - where I work for us, you are so talented!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 16th, 2017 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm nowhere near as talented as many people who post in crochet groups on Facebook or on Ravelry. :) I've seen some amazing stuff.

Crochet is very much back in fashion and young people are taking it up. I'm sure you could find someone local to do some demos or workshops if you asked around.
From: kaishin108 Date: February 16th, 2017 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh yes, there are locals but you seem to have some special talents with it :-)
kishenehn From: kishenehn Date: February 14th, 2017 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
My Mom's crochet work always had a phase where it looked like the blanket in your first photo ... it was a little terrifying to me. :)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 16th, 2017 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you just stick to one colour and don't make things out of squares, you can avoid all the ends, but for multicoloured stuff you just can't avoid it.
grey853 From: grey853 Date: February 14th, 2017 06:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely job on the stockings. I know what you mean about all the ends. It's a chore I always dread, but like you I tend to do it at the end.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 16th, 2017 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've found that it's one of those jobs that's worse to think about than to actually do. Once I settle into it with a good radio drama to listen to, it's actually quite relaxing as you don't have to think much.
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