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How to Securely Weave Ends in Granny Squares

Weaving in crocheted granny square yarn tails may be a bit intimidating because there are so many gaps in the fabric. The last thing we want is for our hard work to unravel over time. When you learn how to weave ends properly on granny squares, you can rest assured that your crochet will stay intact.

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Weaving in ends may feel tedious, but try to weave in the ends after each granny square you make. This means you don’t have to weave in 100+ ends at the very end! I make sure to take my time weaving in my ends and do them properly, because the last thing I want are unraveled granny square centers after I wash an afghan that took a lot of time and effort!

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Weaving in granny square yarn tails


  • Finished granny square(s)
  • Tapestry needle & scissors

A granny square has two yarn tails to weave in: at the center where you started and where you fastened off your work. We’ll begin at the center and then tackle the tail at the end of the work.

Step 1:

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Begin by threading your tapestry needle with the tail end from the center of the granny square. Find the first cluster of three double crochets closest to the yarn tail and thread your yarn through the base of those stitches with your yarn needle.

Step 2:

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Going clockwise around the magic ring, thread your yarn through the next cluster of double crochet stitches.

Step 3:

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Make a knot around a double crochet stitch nearest to your yarn tail. Even if the yarn tail sneaks its way out, you have a secure knot to keep it from coming out any further.

Step 4:

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Insert your needle the opposite way you were weaving in your yarn tail, back through the cluster of double crochet stitches. Continue to thread your yarn through double crochet clusters until your yarn tail is too small to weave in. Cut off the excess yarn tail and stretch the square out a bit to let the yarn “settle.”

Step 5:

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Thread your other yarn tail with your tapestry needle and insert it into the double crochet stitch closest to the yarn tail. Insert it down into the cluster of double crochet stitches.

Step 6:

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Going clockwise, thread your yarn through the next set of double crochets.

Step 7:

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Insert your needle the opposite way, skipping the last double crochet you weaved into. You yarn will need something to catch on so it won’t go right back out the other way.

Step 8:

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Go back the opposite way once more to create a loop effect around the cluster of double crochets.

Step 9:

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Continue to find adjacent clusters to thread your yarn into until your tail end is too short to weave in any more stitches. Cut off any excess yarn tail and stretch out the square a bit to allow the weaved in tail to “settle.”

Use these steps to tackle your granny square yarn tails confidently. Taking care of those granny square yarn tails will protect your project from unraveling after washing and from daily use! 

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Ms. T.
So glad to see that this is exactly the way I do it, with the exception of the knot, which obviously makes it much more secure. I’ll add the knot from now on!
Thanks for everything! I love all your postings, patterns, tips, tutorials, (especially those! very easy to understand!) everything!

Mary Margaret

Why not just crochet over the tail in the starting ring, Love your ideas for the outside tail, I usually crochet over the tail when I crochet my blocks together (back loops only,right sides together) but I usually end up with the ends backing out just a tad. Your way would hopefully end the ends popping out.


Hi Mary! That is a good way to hide in the beginning tail end. However, I have found that not creating the knot for the center ring results in the magic ring coming undone after several machine washes.


Arrggh… wish I’d read this sooner. I just finished making about 50+ 8-cluster “dots” in various colors using magic circle whitch will, in turn, be used as centers for my squares. However, I did leave a long center tail which I wove in going back and forth low in the ring where the tail was crocheted over, trying to actually run the needle thriugh the wrapped portion of the tail so hopefully they’ll hold. But definitely using your knot suggestion for the rest I still have to make. Thx for this nice tutorial as I was wondering about best way to secure the tails for the actual square when I go to make them!


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