How to Fasten Off Your Crochet Project

Posted by on March 10, 2011 in Learn to Crochet, Tutorials | 10 comments

Have you ever had the perfect crochet project, that has no border, and you come to the end where it says Fasten Off and you cringe because you know you won’t be able to hide it?  Or, have you been told you should not use a knot to tie off your yarn? Here’s a way to finish without a knot and make it invisible, and give it a professional finish.

Pull up a 6″ loop and cut the end. 
Pull out the end still attached to the skein.
Take your needle and insert it into your second stitch, from where you ended, and pull the yarn through.
Now you are going to take your needle and go back through the center of the stitch you ended with.
DONE! Make sure you tie in your ends as usual.
Let me know if you have any questions.

Happy Crocheting!


  1. >Thanks so much for sharing this!! I do something similar to fasten the ends but I just tried this way and I love it so much better! I will be doing this from now on!

  2. >This is awesome! Thanks for sharing. :)

  3. >P.E.R.F.E.C.T. I love this! Thanks so much!

  4. >So glad you shared this since, YES, I do cringe when I have to fasten off things and it shows! :)

  5. >Super helpful tip!

  6. >Wicked! Brilliant tip, thank you.

  7. i hate asking this because everyone else seems to understand LOL but once you go thru the middle is that when you tie a knot or no knot?? LOL

    • Hi Gloria,
      I don’t use knots! There has been much controversy over the years. Some people love them, but it’s been said the ends work their way out if there’s a knot. A couple years ago when I took the Crochet Guild of American Master’s of Crochet Stitches exam, their rule was NO knots. So that’s what I’ve stuck with from then on. Hope that helps.

  8. I always use this method and love love love it. There is just one problem I have run into though. If at some point I decide to deconstruct the item (or frog it) is quite difficult to find that join to begin unraveling the yarn. Yes. That’s how good that join is and how invisible!! hahaha

    • That’s a very good point, Mimi! I always hope I won’t have to rip things out once I’m finished!


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