When a pattern instructs you to “draw yarn through the remaining stitches,” it is asking you to weave the yarn tail through your final live stitches. This will remove your stitches from the needles and will also keeping them from running. Using a darning needle (or blunt tapestry needle) to slip the stitches onto the yarn tail makes this bind off easier to complete. Once you have threaded the live stitches onto the yarn tail, pulling on the end brings the stitches together and closes the hole at the top of your work.
Below you will find both video and written guides to help you learn how to draw yarn through your remaining live stitches.
Video Guide: How to Draw Yarn Through Remaining Stitches
Written Guides: How to Draw Yarn Through Remaining Stitches
Draw Tail Thru Remaining Stitches, Step 1:
Measure the working yarn coming from your knitting and find a point that is roughly eight to ten inches away from your needles (or the length your pattern instructs). With sharp scissors, cut the working yarn at that point.
Draw Tail Thru Remaining Stitches, Step 2:
Thread the loose end through the eye of a darning needle.
Draw Tail Thru Remaining Stitches, Step 3:
Locate the next live stitch that would have been worked if you had continued knitting your pattern. Starting with this first live stitch, insert the tip of the darning needle into the front leg of the stitch from front to back.
Draw Tail Thru Remaining Stitches, Step 4:
Slip the stitch onto the darning needle (slip the stitch purlwise).
Draw Tail Thru Remaining Stitches, Step 5:
Continue slipping live stitches onto your darning needle until it fills up. Then, carefully pull the darning needle and yarn tail through the stitches.
Draw Tail Thru Remaining Stitches, Step 6:
In the same manner, slip all the remaining stitches onto the darning needle.
Draw Tail Thru Remaining Stitches, Step 7:
Thread the remaining stitches onto the yarn by pulling the darning needle through them.
Draw Tail Thru Remaining Stitches, Step 8:
Pull the yarn tail away from your work to secure the stitches; this will bring the stitches closer together and close the hole at the top of your work.
Return to Hat Finishing Tips to see how to to weave in your loose ends.
Practice With My Knitting Patterns
Ready to try it?
You will finish Simple Knit Beanie hats with the yarn tails as I’ve shown you in this lesson.
My Slouch Hat pattern is finished by weaving in the loose ends in the same manner.
Next, let’s learn to make knitting increases. The “Make One” increases add stitches to your rows. Learning these stitches will allow you to shape the thumbs of gloves and more.