Cleaning up threads

Cleaning up threads
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faden1Cleaning up loose ends in knitted socks is my new hobby at the moment. Why do I work with colors again? Ahhh right, colors are awesome. But really, why does color knitting need to involve so many loose ends to sew in?

Probably I should use some of these methods to avoid finishing-boredom:

russian join

weaving in ends on the go (I would do this with only 1 thread though and weave in the new thread tail in the next row/round)

braided join  (similar to the russian join but extra tight)

In my opinion the russian join and the braided join are the best methods if you what your reverse side clean and no risk of loosening ends. However both are quite time consuming and need a tapestry needle at hand which is not always the case.

Weaving in ends on the go is less time consuming, but the thread is only pulled in one direction. This could result in a loose end if stress is put on that spot.

If you weave in ends afterwards with a tapestry needle make sure to pull the thread through itself once, like a handwritten “e”. This way the thread secures itself from being pulled out.

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Anne is an embroidery enthusiast living in rural north eastern Germany.

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