I always get excited when I come near the end of the project. In my mind I already plan for the next, because I do no concentrate on this project too much anymore, since I got all the stitches down by now.
BUT wait a minute: It is NOT finished!
It takes SKILL to finish a project!
There might be more involved than just crocheting the last stitch?!?
The finishing can be the most important part of the whole project. That is why I write this down, so you can finish grandiose.
One of the most important parts of finishing is to weave in the loose threads. I usually weave them in at a length of 1.5- 2″ while I crochet, so they will not come unraveled in the wash. With some projects that is not possible and you need to take a tapestry need and weave /sew them tightly and unobtrusively into the crochet fabric. You say: “Of course , I know that” but are you actually CAREFULLY doing it? It also helps to make a guide thread on the back side somewhere, especially for Afghans or pillows, bedspreads and such. The purpose of this is that once the item is used the guide thread will wear with the item and if you ever need to repair something the thread had the same wear as everything else and the repair can be made not to be noticed.
Your best thread the needle with the left over thread= loose end and weave in ONE direction, then come right back and weave it in towards where you started.
Yarn ends for stuffed items, such as Amigurumi can be hidden more easily, deep into the stuffing. Thread the needle, poke into the piece pull the starter knot inside, push needle into and through the item. Then come out at another end several inches way. Just be sure to to add sculpting where you do not want it.
If you have to stuff a crochet item, it is best to stuff it as you crochet along, then at the very end. Never over stuff , just use a little fiber fill at a time to stuff firmly, yet not bulky, because the stuffing will show through the crochet fabric. You can also use your scraps of yarn, your tangled yarn (I have so little patience to untangled yarn and will write a blog about that too), even bits of old clothing.
When you tie bows, laces, trim or satin roses to your items , secure them with a little invisible sewing stitch. like I did in my sun catcher pattern:
When making borders either for Afghans or towels make sure there are just the right amount of stitches, that the fabric lays flat and not bulges.
Sew and weave pieces together neatly and carefully, making sure the stitches are neither too tight nor too loose. That is best accomplished with a blunt tapestry needle with a large eye.
I love the braiding technique that I used in the Chevron Afghan:
When you crochet limbs for dolls or animals leave app. 5-10 ” length of yarn when fastening off. Use this length to sew on the pieces securely and take extra stitches when needed to shape the limbs, nose ect. in the right direction.
See my blog on finishing doilies, fuzz removal and I have several blogs for caring for your crochet item.
All these little extra loving touches show you care and make you artwork to last.
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I hope you found this contribution informative.