How to Weave in Short Yarn Tails

For some reason, I often end up with yarn tails that are too short to weave in comfortably.

Sometimes, when I want to work to the end of a row before attaching a new ball of yarn, there is a very short tail left to tie the new yarn to.

In other cases, especially when working in a colour pattern, I discover that the tail is a bit short only after I securely attach it to the other yarn.

I hope you don’t have any issues with having to weave in short tails, but if you do, here is a simple way to secure those “gnome tails” in your work.


1. This way works great both for knitting and crocheting, so if you have any short tails in your crochet projects, you can easily use this little trick as well.

2. It’s better to use a sharper wool needle to easily split the yarn when we weave in the tails. Splitting the yarn keeps the tail from popping out of the work later on.

3. To make sure the tails never wiggle out of their hiding spot, use tips explained in this tutorial.


Click here to watch it in a video tutorial

Starting at the bottom of one of the tails run the wool needle through several stitches at the back of the work as if you are weaving in that tail. You can go vertically, horizontally or diagonally (like I did in the photo below), and try to go inside a strand whenever you can.


Here’s how it looks in the video.

Now thread the tail into the wool needle. Leave just a tiny yarn tail sticking from the eye of the needle. In the photo below, I moved one of the tails to the other side of the work so you could clearly see the tiny tail peeking from the eye of the wool needle.


Watch it in a video tutorial.

Pull the wool needle out of the fabric dragging the yarn tail with it. Now the tail is securely hidden in the work. If the path you made with the wool needle in step 1 is as long as the tail, you won’t even need to trim the tail.

If you work with several colours, weave in the tails within the area knitted in the same colour as the tail to prevent it from showing through the fabric. This is especially important if the fabric is quite loose.

Now these short tails don’t look so intimidating, right?

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If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:

“Matching Cast Ons and Bind Offs” Book

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“Neat Side Edges” Book

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Happy knitting!

Maryna Shevchenko -

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