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Weave in the Cast-on Tail of Mittens

Learn to weave in the cast on tail and finish a knit mitten cuff in this knitting lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.
Learn to weave in the cast on tail and finish a knit mitten cuff in this knitting lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

After you finish knitting a mitten, you will need to smooth out the jog left by your long-tail cast on. Using the loose end at the cuff, you can fix the jog. Then, weave in that cast on tail of your mittens. A tiny knot at the end will anchor your tail to the inside of your work and help ensure that it will stay in place for a long time.

Below you will find both video and written guides to help you learn how to finish the bottom edge of knit mittens.

Video Guide: How to Weave in the Cast-on Tail of Mittens

Written Guides: How to Weave in the Cast-on Tail of Mittens

Step 1: Weave in the cast-on tail of mittens - a knitting lesson from Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Cast on Tail Mittens, Step 1:

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

Step 2: Weave in the cast-on tail of mittens - a knitting lesson from Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Cast on Tail Mittens, Step 2:

Turn the work so that the cuff of the glove is facing you and the top of the glove is facing down. At the edge of your work, locate the slipknot, which was your first cast on stitch.

Step 3: Weave in the cast-on tail of mittens - a knitting lesson from Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Cast on Tail Mittens, Step 3:

Insert the tip of the darning needle down through the stitch directly behind the slipknot.

Step 4: Weave in the cast-on tail of mittens - a knitting lesson from Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Cast on Tail Mittens, Step 4:

Pull the needle and the yarn tail through the stitch.

Step 5: Weave in the cast-on tail of mittens - a knitting lesson from Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Cast on Tail Mittens, Step 5:

Insert the tip of the darning needle down and through the slipknot.

Step 6: Weave in the cast-on tail of mittens - a knitting lesson from Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Cast on Tail Mittens, Step 6:

Pull the needle and the yarn tail through the slipknot.

Step 7: Weave in the cast-on tail of mittens - a knitting lesson from Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Cast on Tail Mittens, Step 7:

Guide the tip of the darning needle under the edge of the work and toward the front of the work.

Weave in Cast on Tail Mittens, Step 8:

Pull the needle and the yarn tail through to the outside of your work.

Step 9: Weave in the cast-on tail of mittens - a knitting lesson from Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Cast on Tail Mittens, Step 9:

Locate the loop just behind your slip knot on the backside of your work and insert your darning needle tip down and through it.

Step 10: Weave in the cast-on tail of mittens - a knitting lesson from Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Cast on Tail Mittens, Step 10:

Pull the needle and the yarn tail the stitch. 

Step 11: Weave in the cast-on tail of mittens - a knitting lesson from Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Cast on Tail Mittens, Step 11:

Remove the tail from the darning needle.

Step 12: Weave in the cast-on tail of mittens - a knitting lesson from Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Cast on Tail Mittens, Step 12:

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 13: Weave in the cast-on tail of mittens - a knitting lesson from Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Cast on Tail Mittens, Step 13:

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 14: Weave in the cast-on tail of mittens - a knitting lesson from Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Cast on Tail Mittens, Step 14:

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

Step 15: Weave in the cast-on tail of mittens - a knitting lesson from Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Cast on Tail Mittens, Step 15:

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 16: Weave in the cast-on tail of mittens - a knitting lesson from Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Cast on Tail Mittens, Step 16:

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

Step 17: Weave in the cast-on tail of mittens - a knitting lesson from Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Cast on Tail Mittens, Step 17:

Remove the tail from the darning needle.

Step 18: Weave in the cast-on tail of mittens - a knitting lesson from Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Cast on Tail Mittens, Step 18:

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 the cast-on tail of mittens - a knitting lesson from Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Cast on Tail Mittens, Step 19:

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

Step 20: Weave in the cast-on tail of mittens - a knitting lesson from Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Weave in Cast on Tail Mittens, Step 20:

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.

Step 20: Weave in the cast-on tail of mittens - a knitting lesson from Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Learn to weave in the loose ends on hand knit mittens in this knitting lesson mini-series with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

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

Practice With My Knitting Patterns

Ready to try it?

Basic mitten knitting pattern by Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

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

Learn to weave in the cast on tail and finish a knit mitten cuff in this knitting lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Up Next

Learn to weave in the loose end at the fingertips of knit mittens in this knitting lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

I’ll show you how to weave in the tails at the mitten fingertips in the next lesson. (Coming 10/9/2021)

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