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Weave in Bind-off Tails in the Round

Learn to weave in the bind off tail on items you have knit in the round, such as fingerless gloves - a knitting lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.
Learn to finish the tops of knits worked in the round in this lesson about ending fingerless glove tops from Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

A standard bind off in the round will leave a yarn tail and a small jog where your knitted row ends. As you weave in your bind off tails in the round, you can use the yarn tail to close the gap and make a seamless, smooth edge.

In this lesson, I will show you how I weave in my yarn tails at the thumb and fingertips of fingerless gloves. This method will also help you finish headbands, ear warmers, leg warmers, cup cozies, and any other items you’ve finished with a standard bind off in the round.

After perfecting the glove edge, I tie in the loose ends with two small, interlocking knots. This tiny, nearly invisible knot anchors the yarn tail in place. Then, it hides itself among your stitches.

Below you will find both video and written guides to help you learn how to weave in bind off tails in the round.

Video Guide: How to Weave in the Bind-off Tail of Fingerless Gloves

Written Guides: How to Weave in the Bind-off Tail of Fingerless Gloves

Step 1: Weave in loose ends at the bind off edge of fingerless gloves in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Bind-off Tail in the Round, Step 1:

Thread the loose end through the eye of a darning needle.

Step 2: Weave in loose ends at the bind off edge of fingerless gloves in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Bind-off Tail in the Round, Step 2:

Pick up the work so that the top edge is facing you.

Step 3: Weave in loose ends at the bind off edge of fingerless gloves in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Bind-off Tail in the Round, Step 3:

At the edge of your work, you will see “>”-shaped stitches. Locate the stitch just next to the yarn tail, on the other side of the jog left by your bind off. Insert the tip of your darning needle under both legs of the “>”-shaped stitch.

Step 4: Weave in loose ends at the bind off edge of fingerless gloves in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Bind-off Tail in the Round, Step 4:

Pull the needle and the yarn tail through the stitch.

Step 5: Weave in loose ends at the bind off edge of fingerless gloves in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

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Locate the stitch from which the yarn tail started. Insert the tip of the darning needle down and through the center of that stitch, ensuring your needle tip goes under the leg of the stitch toward the inside of the glove.

Step 6: Weave in loose ends at the bind off edge of fingerless gloves in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

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Pull the needle and the yarn tail through the stitch only tightly enough to match the pattern at the edge of the work.

Step 7: Weave in loose ends at the bind off edge of fingerless gloves in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

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Rotate the work so you can see the inside of the glove and the yarn tail. At this point, a small hole will remain just next to where your yarn tail comes out of your work.

Step 8: Weave in loose ends at the bind off edge of fingerless gloves in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

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Locate the purl stitch on the other side of the hole. Insert the darning needle tip down and through that stitch.

Step 9: Weave in loose ends at the bind off edge of fingerless gloves in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Bind-off Tail in the Round, Step 9:

Pull the needle and the yarn tail through the stitch.

Step 10: Weave in loose ends at the bind off edge of fingerless gloves in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

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Locate the knit stitch just to the left of the purl stitch you just worked into. Insert the darning needle tip down and through that stitch.

Step 11: Weave in loose ends at the bind off edge of fingerless gloves in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

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Pull the needle and the yarn tail through the stitch.

Step 12: Weave in loose ends at the bind off edge of fingerless gloves in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Bind-off Tail in the Round, Step 12:

Remove the tail from the darning needle.

Step 13: Weave in loose ends at the bind off edge of fingerless gloves in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Bind-off Tail in the Round, Step 13:

Inspect your yarn tail by untwisting it a bit, near your work. Identify the individual yarn plies and count them. Use the tip of your darning needle to help you split the plies into two equal sections. With the four-ply yarn shown, the plies should be split so there are two on each side.

Step 14: Weave in loose ends at the bind off edge of fingerless gloves in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

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Gently separate the two halves of the yarn with your darning needle by sliding it out toward the end of the tail. Take care not to break the strands by pulling too quickly or roughly.

Step 15: Weave in loose ends at the bind off edge of fingerless gloves in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

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Once the tail is split in two, set one half aside and thread the other half through the eye of your darning needle.

Step 16: Weave in loose ends at the bind off edge of fingerless gloves in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

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With the darning needle, sew this half of the tail around the knit stitch that it is coming out from under. Do this by bringing your needle tip under and through the other side of the knit stitch.

Step 17: Weave in loose ends at the bind off edge of fingerless gloves in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

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Pull the tail through, only tightly enough to match the pattern of your knitting. Do not pull too tightly.

Step 18: Weave in loose ends at the bind off edge of fingerless gloves in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

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Remove the tail from the darning needle. Lay the sides of your top yarn tail out in opposite directions. One side should point right, the other should point left.

Step 19: Weave in loose ends at the bind off edge of fingerless gloves in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

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Tie two small interlocking knots. (See this link for more specific instructions.)  

Step 20: Weave in loose ends at the bind off edge of fingerless gloves in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

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Using the sharpest scissors you have available, clip off both halves of the yarn tail, one at a time, as closely as possible to the knot, without cutting the knot itself.

Weave in loose ends at the bind off edge of fingerless gloves in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Learn to weave in loose ends on fingerless gloves with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Return to Fingerless Glove Finishing Tips to see how to to weave in your other loose ends.

Practice With My Knitting Patterns

Ready to try it?

Simple fingerless glove knitting pattern in all sizes by Liz Chandler @PurlsAnd Pixels.

In this lesson, I’ve shown you how to finish the gloves made following my Simple Fingerless Glove Pattern, which is available here.

Learn to weave in the bind off tail on items you have knit in the round, such as fingerless gloves - a knitting lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Up Next

Learn to weave in the tail at the base of the thumb on a knit fingerless glove in this knitting lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

After you weave in the bind off tails in the round, one last tail will remain at the base of your glove thumb. In the next lesson, I will show you how to use that loose end to close the gap at the base of the thumb.

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