How to Finish Off Crochet

    by Lynn Little

    About the Author

    Lynn Little has been a freelance writer for five years. She holds a communication degree from Mississippi State University and has worked in the television, radio, and newspaper business. Her work has appeared on several websites including Bella Online, where she is the Board Games Editor.


    To finish off crochet is to fasten off the end so that it doesn't come unraveled. This is the last step that you do when crocheting. There are just a few steps to follow to finish off crochet, which should take less than 10 minutes to complete.

    Things You'll Need

    • Crochet hook
    • Scissors
    • Yarn needle

    Leave the crochet hook on the last loop. Cut the end of the yarn, leaving about 4 inches that you will work back into the crocheted project.

    Place the yarn tail over the hook and pull the loose yarn completely through the last loop. This will make a small knot at the end that will keep the item from unraveling.

    Tug on the knot slightly to make sure it is secure. Don't pull too hard, as some yarn stretches more than some. Now you are ready to weave the rest of the yarn into the crocheted item.

    Use a yarn needle or use your crochet hook to work the yarn into the last row of stitches.

    Work your starting piece of yarn into some of the stitches. Some patterns will suggest to work it into the stitches as your progress through the crochet project.

    • Using a yarn needle might be a faster method for finishing off crochet.
    • The end of the yarn can unravel when using the hook to weave in and out of the last crochet row. This can make it more difficult to weave into the piece.