Crochet, Temperature blanket

How I sew in ends-Temperature blanket

Hi everyone!

As you may or may not know, I spend most of my time, on instagram, searching through the #temperatureblanket tag, where, I’m in absolute awe at the colour palettes and how the temperatures are looking so far!

One thing I noticed, is that a lot of people, are annoyed with their ends when they’ve changed colour. So far, I surprisingly haven’t had a problem with this, even though I have to change my colours, a lot! I have developed a technique, which works well for me; I’m not sure if anyone else does this, or if you’re familiar with it, but I’d like to show you, as it may be of some help!

Alternatively, you could leave a long strand and tie the ends into tassels at the end, it completely depends on what look you’re going for. This technique works for rows only, particularly the moss/linen stitch; I’m not sure if you could do this with other stitches, but you could give it a go!

It’s a little complicated to explain, but once you get it, it’s really simple. I will try my best to explain each step.

To start off, you will want to join your new colour, on the last stitch, from the previous row. To do this, start the moss/linen stitch as normal, with a DC (UK terms) at the final stitch; instead of completing the stitch, leave two loops on the hook, and draw through with the new colour. You do not need to do a slip knot with the new colour! just leave a long tail, as it is necessary.

As pictured below:

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Leave two loops on the hook
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Draw through your new colour. Please do not do knots, they are not needed!

With your new colour joined, you will chain one, and turn your work, as normal. Snip off the previous colour, leaving a long tail; as a guide, each tail should be around 10-15cm. The yarn tails will sit in front of your work, so you will need to bring them round the back and hold them in place. With the yarn tails sitting on top of the work, you will simply continue the moss stitch as normal, just working over the top of the tails. Please leave a few cm’s, as these will be sewn in at the end.

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Here, the yarn tails sit infront, bring them round the back
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Now the tails are at the back of the work, you will want to hold them down and crochet over them
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Continue crocheting the stitch and working over the tails. leave a few cm’s to sew in at the end

Most people stop here and sew in the ends, however, I like to do a little extra step, as I can clearly see where the ends have been worked over; for me, it looks messy and can easily be pulled out. This is where it gets a little tricky to explain, but I promise you, it’s really easy! You will finish to the end of the row as normal, you may need to change colour, just do the steps before, and then you will come to this next section. You will crochet your moss/linen stitch as normal, until you come to the area where you have worked over the yarn tails.

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Here, you can see the yarn tails, simply insert your hook through the chain space and pick up the tails on the hook, do your stitch as normal.

When you insert the hook into the chain space, to do your moss/linen stitch, you will want to pick up the two yarn tails you have crocheted over, on the hook as well. You won’t see this from the front, but if you have a little look at the back of the work, you can clearly see that they are definitely on the hook. This way, it picks the tails up in the stitch, and they won’t easily be pulled out. Please note, you ignore the actual tails that are sticking out, until you sew those in. It makes the work neater and more secure. You could either snip the tails off here, or I like to quickly sew them in, just to make sure and then snip them off.

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You can see from the back, the tails are definitely on the hook and will be secured in the stitch.
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Now, as if by magic, my ends are hidden and my work is secure! I usually leave the tails and sew them in once a week; alternatively, you can snip them off without sewing.

I hope this quick little ‘tutorial’ has helped! If you’re at all confused, please don’t hesitate to ask me questions, I’m more than willing to help 🙂

Thank you for reading!

OJ

xo

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