Whether your crochet pattern asks you to weave in the tails or not, it is obvious that you have to do it. Weaving in the tails, no matter how boring it seems, is vital to add that key finishing touch to your precious crochet project. Doing it the right way just doesn't add aesthetic value but ensures that your crochet project doesn't unravel with use and make all your effort go down the drain. You might get tails when you start a crochet project, when you add a new skein of yarn and when you change colors.
Things to keep in mind here are:
1. When you leave tails make sure it is at least 6 inches long. This will make it easier for you to thread the yarn needle for weaving in and give you enough length to work with.
2. Weaving in is always done on the wrong side of your work and into the part of your work which is the same color as your tail.
3.Yarn needle is a needle with a big eye and a blunt tip. The best way to thread a yarn is snip a bit of the end to remove any frayed edges and wet it. Some people fold the yarn tip and then thread it. Choose what suits you best.
There are a few ways you can weave in the tails.
1.You can opt to weave in the tails as you crochet by carrying the tails on top of your work and crocheting around it. You will have to do this for almost 1 1/2 to 2 inches and cut the yarn close to your work after giving it a nice tug to straighten it out. This method will reduce your work to a large extent as you are getting your weaving in done as you crochet. Again, if you do this when you change colors there is a possibility that the color of the yarn you just fastened off shows through the new color. This happens mostly if the new color you just added is much lighter than the previous color.
Crochet around the tails to weave them in.
2. After you finish your work you can weave in the tails using a yarn needle into the wrong side of your work. You have to weave in for almost 2 inches and then skip a few of the stitches you weaved into and go backwards for an inch or so. Then cut the yarn close to your work. Just take care to weave into the same color.
3. If you are making stripes and change colors say every two rows you can opt to carry the yarn on the side of your work. In this method, when you change colors you will just drop the previous color without cutting it and start working with the new color. Then you can pick up the dropped yarn later as shown below. This will work only for projects like sweaters where the the carried yarns will be hidden in the seams or in afghans or scarfs that will have an edging that will conceal it. Again, if you don't change colors frequently and your color pattern calls for wider stripes, then carrying it on the wrong side might increase its chances of getting tugged.