Fairisle Mittens: Crochet Weave-In

Since I had to re-knit my mitten due to my dissatisfaction with the original result, I also got to retry my attempts to weave-in the ends using a crochet slip-stitch. Last time, if you’ll remember, I reported that my attempt was inconclusive.  This time, I can conclusively say:  This method is THE method.  Forever.

1. Pull all the ends down towards the cast on edge, to tight them up:

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2. Start at the loose end, furthest from the cast-on edge.  Insert a 4.25 (+/- 0.5mm) crochet hook into a float in this area.

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3. Grab the next nearest 2 strands of loose ends and crochet slip-stitch them through that first float, leaving a loose loop for the next stitch.  Put those 2 ends aside out of the way.  They’re pointing “Up” in the completed portion of the image below.  Crochet your way down the column, grabbing 2 new strands for each stitch and putting them aside at the end of the stitch.

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4. At the end it will look a bit like this.  Pull the ends a bit tighter to make it look like the photo below:

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5. Now trim the ends so that they are all roughly 1cm to 1.5cm long:

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6.  Now here’s the right side of that seam.  Can you tell where the crochet column of ends were woven in? :)

Not me! I like this sleek looking weave-in.  If you remember to do the crochet loosely enough, you’ll still have plenty of elasticity.

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This is the un-blocked mitten.  If you look at the pattern pictures in my previous post you can see how beautifully this yarn responds to blocking.  I will add that it is remarkably soft too, considering how scratchy it is while you are working with it.

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