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Last week, I shared my Locked Loop Ends Method tutorial for working in your initial yarn tail in the round. This incredible, time saving tip has totally changed the crochet game for so many of you! You guys have blown me away with all your kind comments and thanks. I appreciate every single one of your awesome comments and shares! You also brought up some excellent questions about the method, too! So, I’m back now to help you work the Locked Loop Method to crochet in your ends while working in turned rows, and save even more time crocheting with this amazing yarn hack.
Locked Loop Ends in Rows
How to securely work in your yarn tails in rows.
If you crocheted through the Locked Loop Ends in the Round tutorial, this one should be a piece of cake!
Materials Used in these Photos
- Peaches and Creme Cotton Yarn, Ocean Coral
- H 5.0mm Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hook – Find the set here
- A crochet pattern worked in rows.
Here, I’m working a simple dishcloth in the Suzette Stitch (I’ll post the tutorial and pattern separately later.)
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Let’s get started! First, you’ll work your initial chain.
Next, you’ll complete your first row in pattern according to the directions, stopping with one stitch left in the row. Then, draw up your initial loop through the stitch as normal. Since my pattern ends on a double crochet, I three loops on my hook- the working loop, the yarn over, and the loop drawn up through the last chain.
Then, You’ll complete the stitch using BOTH your working yarn, AND your yarn tail. Simply hold them together and yarn over with both strands as pictured. Then, complete your stitch.
Doing this serves two functions. First, it brings your yarn tail up to the level of the stitches you’ll be working into. Second, it adds another point of friction to secure that tail in. You can see in the photo below that there are two loops on the hook- my working stitch loop, and the yarn tail
Now, we’ll pull that yarn tail all the way up and through our stitch. You can separate it with your fingers as I’ve done here. If you have trouble finding it, simply use your crochet hook to lengthen both loops until the tail pops through on its own. You can pull your working loop tight again later without any trouble.
When you’ve rearranged your yarn, you’re ready to turn your work and continue in pattern. Remember to work over that yarn tail! For the first few stitches, I like to just work over one end of it, to secure it.
Then, I fold the yarn tail in half, and work a stitch over both ends of the tail. Just snuggle the yarn tails right up to the stitches, and continue working over them both.
For this stitch, there are some skipped stitches, but it doesn’t affect how well the tail holds for smaller gaps, since you still have the same amount of friction points holding those yarn tails in.
When you near the end of your looped ends, you’ll need to lock in the loop.
To do this, you’ll need to crochet a stitch through that loop. So, insert your hook into the stitch as if to crochet the stitch.
Once you’ve gone through your stitch, you can use your fingers to slip the loop onto your hook.
Then you’re ready to yarn over and draw up a loop through the stitch and your locked loop, securing it in place.
Complete your stitch as normal. Now you can gently tug your yarn tail tight to secure the loop. You’re ready to complete your row, and begin the second row. Continue in pattern until you approach that pesky loose yarn tail. Here, you can see that my little yarn tail is approximately twice as long as the length of unworked stitches.
Now, it’s pretty secure already, but if you want some extra security, like me, you’ll want to lock in a second loop. Pull the yarn so it crosses your stitch. The tail will extend beyond your work to the right (or the left if you’re a lefty!). Work one stitch over the yarn to lock it down.
Then, pick up the yarn tail, and bring it back across toward the unworked end of your row. This creates a second loop. Work another stitch or two over both ends to lock them down. Then tug it taut. Voila! You’ve got a second locked loop!
Work over the tail again until the end of your row. If you can, pull that tail just a little tighter than you want it to lay in the end. It should hang out just a bit.
Now, you can confidently snip off the excess tail! Using Locked Loop Ends to work in yarn tails saves me so much time! Plus, you can feel confident in your finished product because you know your tail has been secured in four directions, plus the turning chain! No way that’s coming loose.
Isn’t this such a nifty trick? Seriously, I love the locked loop ends method! The yarn tail is absolutely invisible, and incredibly secure in there. Better yet? Absolutely NO yarn needles were used in the making of this tutorial!
Hopefully this awesome trick will save you a bunch of time! If you liked using locked loop ends to simplify your crochet, I would love to hear about it! Come visit me on my Facebook page to catch video clips of my best time saving yarn hacks like this one. Or, if you’re looking to connect, come join my brand new group, the Salty Pearl Crochet Circle. Join me there to connect with me and with other crocheters. We can compare projects, share our favorite yarn hacks, and find new crochet ideas and patterns! I’d love to see you there! If you want to be sure you don’t miss out on tutorials like these, subscribe to my email newsletter, so you get the latest and greatest time saving yarn hacks delivered straight to your inbox! (I love to treat my fans with special coupon codes and giveaways, too!)