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In crochet, fastening off is the process of securing your work and finishing a project. It involves closing the last stitch you made, so the yarn doesn't unravel. Whether you are working on a small project such as a dishcloth or a wide blanket or any complex home décor, you will need to fasten off before you remove the crochet hook from the yarn. This step is to be ticked off your list whether you work with single-ended crochet hooks or interchangeable Tunisian crochet hooks. Even for working on the unique Tunisian craft, you will finish off your project by fastening off stitches.

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to fasten off in crochet:

Step 1 - Finish your final stitch

When you reach the end of the row or round, complete the last stitch as your pattern instructs. This could be a single crochet, double crochet, etc. Many crochet designers do not count the last row or round where you fasten off the yarn but if they do it is always mentioned. So, carefully read through the crochet pattern or chart, whatever you are working with for the project.

Step 2 - Cut the yarn

Once you finish the final stitch, leave a tail of yarn that is about 4-6 inches long (10-15 cm). This tail will be used to secure the fastening off.

Step 3 - Yarn over and pull through

Take your crochet hook and yarn over (wrap the yarn around the hook) once, then pull the yarn end all the way through the loop on your hook. This will create a small knot at the end of your work.

Step 4 - Tighten the knot

Gently pull the yarn end to tighten the knot you just created. Make sure it's snug but not too tight, as it may distort your last stitch.

Step 5 - Weave in the yarn end

Thread the yarn end onto a finishing needle. Like knitting needles and crochet hooks, finishing needles also follow standard size. Make sure to work with a needle that matches the hook or needle size or a size smaller. Then, weave the needle through the back loops of the stitches on the row or round you just completed. Weaving through the back loops helps to hide the yarn end and secure it more effectively.

Step 6 - Trim excess yarn

Once you've woven the yarn end through several stitches, cut off any excess yarn, leaving a small tail of about 1-2 inches (2.5-5 cm). This tail will disappear inside your work, ensuring that it won't come undone.

Step 7 - Finishing touches

If you're working in rounds, you can join the fastening off by slip stitching to the first stitch of the round. After weaving in the yarn end, you can gently tug on your work to even out the tension and make sure everything is secure.

Fastening off is a crucial step in crochet as it ensures your project won't unravel. Once you've mastered this technique, you'll be able to finish off your crochet creations with confidence.

For some crochet projects such as ones with visible edges such as a scarf or a blanket, even after you fasten off you can still work on the pattern. Make some attractive designs on the border with the same single-ended crochet hooks you worked your project with. You can choose an edge of the basic single crochet stitches or even reverse single crochet stitches. You can also work with a different yarn shade to make frills or other designs.

Also, for many crochet projects your project is not complete after you fasten off, you may need to seam them together to make a different project. You can work them together with a whip stitch, mattress stitch, etc.

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