Weave in tails as you knit

1. The green yarn is the color change, the working yarn, so it is held in the left hand. The yellow tail is held in the right hand.

2. Insert the right-hand needle knitwise into the stitch on the left needle. Wrap the yellow yarn tail in front and around both the working yarn and right-hand needle.

3. You don’t need to tighten the tail like it is shown here. I just want you to see that the tail wrapped clockwise around the right needle and working yarn.

4. Wrap the green working yarn around the needle counter-clockwise (or how you usually do when making a knit stitch). It should still be underneath the tail yarn which is wrapped in the opposite direction around the needle.

5. Bring the new, green stitch forward through the stitch on the left needle. The tail yarn may try to come through, as well, but make sure it’s only the working yarn that ends up on the right needle…

6. …as you separate the needles and pull off the yellow stitch from the left needle.

7. Knit a stitch in the usual manner for continental. This will anchor the tail yarn in place.

8. We’re now ready to repeat step 2.

9. And here are steps 2-4 completed again.

10. This is what it looks like when the tail yarn is accidentally pulled through the stitch on the left needle. Let the yellow tail yarn fall off the right needle’s tip and continue creating the green stitch.

11. Like this. Then repeat step 7.

12. When you have made a few sets of these stitches, the back of your work will look something like this. The end is woven in, and I suppose you could snug up the yarn to make it blend in better. In my case, I didn’t need to because I was going to fold this strip down the middle, wrong sides together, to create my cardigan’s placket.

And there you have it. Now, since I’m a skosh neurotic, I went back to all the woven-in ends and “back stitched” each loose end through a couple of its previous stitches. It was probably overkill, but this is my wa


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