How to fasten off crochet

How To Fasten Off Crochet – 9 Easiest Pro Method In 2023

You have to do a lot of work to complete Crocheting. If you think that, you just need to follow crocheting tips and learn about all the stitches then I will say you are wrong. Because crocheting contains a lot of formalities to finish it completely. I will discuss exactly one such thing today. And this is “fasten off”. Fasten-off is an important part of crochet. You cannot give the completeness without fastening it off. I hope that you understand what I’m trying to say. Anyway, don’t take it as so complex. You have already learned about the stitches, changing the color of crochet, and so on. Fastening off is not as hard as changing color or some other stuff. It is so easy to do.

So how to fasten off crochet? The steps are also simple and easily understandable. Without fastening off you can’t show or give your project to anyone. It is a compulsory task of crocheting. Fastening off is basically used to finish your crochet. Fasten off used to tight off your crochet as if your project doesn’t get unravel. Suppose, you have completed a crochet in 3 days. But after some days you are noticing that your crochet gets loose day by day. Then you will get confirmation that it needs to be fastened off.

Key Takeaways

  • Yarn over, pull the yarn through the entire yarn tail onto the hook, and weave it is the basic form of fasten off.
  • You can fasten off and change the color of your crochet at the same time.
  • You can use slip stitch, needle join, and other different methods to fasten off as well.

What Is Fasten Off?

What is fasten off
What is fasten off

Fasten-off is a part and parcel of crocheting. Fasten off used to tie up your crochet and make it secure. Basically, fasten-off can be done in many ways. I will let you know some easy ways to fasten off. Fastening off means holding or knotting the crochet at the end of the project. It makes your crochet tighter and reduces the chance of being unraveled. So for security purposes and not to ruin your hard work you have to fasten off your crochet.

How To Fasten Off – Step By Step Guide

There are several ways of fastening off. I will introduce you to all the possible ways of fastening off crochet. You have to take the issue very seriously as if you don’t have to face any problems with your crochet. Once your crochet gets unraveled, you need to start it from the beginning.

1. Cut the yarn

Cut the yarn
Cut the yarn

When you have finished crocheting, you need to cut off the yarn. Leave a tail about 5-6 inches or longer. It will help you to weave in the crochet perfectly. As if your crochet doesn’t get loose or anything. If you don’t leave the yarn tail, you cannot weave your project. This is the main purpose of fastening off your project as if you don’t need to face any unexpected error end of your project. So, cutting off the yarn is one of the important parts of fastening off.

2. Pull the loop

Pull the loop
Pull the loop

Pull your loop to fasten it off perfectly. Take your crochet hook and pull the loop straight up to get a large loop. Pull out the tail end of the yarn through the loop to fasten off your crochet. You have to use the tail always to make your crochet even tighter and strong.

3. Tighten the loop

Tighten the loop
Tighten the loop

You have to produce a tight loop here. The tight loop will help to fasten off the crochet in a perfect way. There is no alternate way except tighten the loop. So, gently pull the tail end to tighten the loop around your hook. The value of a tight loop in fasten-off is just inexpressible. Without a tight loop in your crochet, you cannot fasten off your crochet.

4. Remove the hook

Remove the hook
Remove the hook

When you will fasten off the crochet through the loop you cannot keep the hook here. If you get sure that, your loop has become tight enough then you should remove the hook from the crochet and fasten it off.

5. Yarn over

Yarn over
Yarn over

As you do in regular stitches, take your working yarn and simply pull it through the loop onto the hook. You have to be aware of the yarn. You can’t fasten off if you don’t pull the yarn through the loop.

6. Secure the yarn

Secure the yarn
Secure the yarn

To fasten off a crochet you have to keep the yarn tail tight. Otherwise, you cannot get the perfect position to fasten off your crochet. To secure the yarn you need to use your finger to pull the yarn tail through the loop as firmly as you can. When the loop got tight you can assure that your crochet is ready to fasten off. As fastening off is a must doing activity while crocheting, so you should do this carefully. Because once your crochet is become unraveled you cannot get back into its previous situation. You need to give more afford to fix the issue.

So, firmly use your finger to pull the tail end through the loop to make tighten to fasten it off perfectly.

7. Tighten the slip stitch

Tighten the slip stitch
Tighten the slip stitch

You can fasten off the crochet by using a slip stitch. I will discuss the working process of the slip stitch later. But for now, just let you know that there is an invisible fasten-off process in crochet. You can fasten off your project with a slip stitch. You have to keep tight your yarn to fasten it off.

8. Weave in the end

Weave in the end
Weave in the end

Weaving your crochet is the most important part to finish your crochet. It prevents your crochet from unraveling. Weaving, in the end, is much necessary. Thread your yarn tail onto a yarn needle. Insert the needle under the last stitches you have made. Then weave the needle back and get forward through the stitches for a few inches to ensure that the tail is secure and won’t unravel. You can also weave the tail through the back loops of the previous row.

So you already understand that weaving really contains some importance of crocheting. The best time to weave is before washing or wearing your crochet. So that you can keep sure that your crochet is safe from unraveling. You can use the tapestry needle for a neat and good-looking finish. Then weave the yarn in and out in different positions like: horizontally, vertically, from forward or backward. Different positions of weaving will secure your project from unraveling.

9. Drop the excess

Drop the excess
Drop the excess

When you have completed weaving off your crochet, It’s time to trim the excess part of yarn close to the fabric. But you need to leave a small tail to prevent unraveling. Hence, you can’t keep any extra yarn or yarn tail in your fabric. Because it causes your crochet to look unprofessional and not that neat as well.

How to Fasten Off in Slip Stitch?

How to fasten off in slip stitch
How to fasten off in slip stitch

You came to know that you can fasten off the crochet by using the slip stitch method. The process is easy to understand. Not that complicated. You just need to follow some simple steps to do this. So, let’s start the discussion.

  1. Cut off the yarn and leave a tail of 6-8 inches of long thread while you still have the loop from the very last stitch on your hook.
  2. You need to yarn your needle. So pull the yarn simply.
  3. Skip the current stitch where you were going to do the slip stitch. Insert the needle into the very next stitch of the current slip stitch.
  4. If you are facing trouble understanding it then listen to me carefully to understand that one. Suppose, you are supposed to do a slip stitch into the next stitch. This time you will skip the stitch and go right to the next stitch.
  5. You cannot keep the thread tight. Pull the needle out now and make it a bit loose.
  6.  Now, insert the needle into the stitch and pull it gently. Make sure that your stitch is not that tight this time.
  7. In the last step you will continue to do that and you can see that your crochet is manually fastened off. That’s why, it is called an invisible slip stitch.

How to Fasten Off Crochet in The Round?

How to fasten off crochet in the round
How to fasten off crochet in the round

Suppose, you are doing crochet in rounds. Now you have to fasten off the crochet. But you are applying general methods but you are not getting the result you want. No problem, I will take care of your confusion. Now, I will discuss the methods of fastening off rounds. There are 2 ways to do that. Such as: Slip stitch and needle join is the two processes for fastening off your crochet in a round.

  1. Slip stitch: After finishing the round, join it with a slip stitch. It will make fastening off very easy and simple.
  2. Finish the crochet round and introduce slip stitch.
  3. Remove the hook from the last loop of your last stitch.
  4. Put the yarn tail through the loop.
  5. Pull the slip stitch very tight until a small knot has been created.
  6. Simply fasten off the round now.
  7. Needle Join: Needle join is typically called invisible join. It is less used by people than the slip-stitch method.
  8. Stop working when you are in the last stitch of the round.
  9. Drop the yarn.
  10. Pull the yarn tail through the yarn needle.
  11. Sew the first and last stitch of the round together with your needle.
  12. After finishing, it will look like a regular crochet stitch.

How Do You Fasten Off and Change the Crochet Color?

How do you fasten off and change the crochet color
How do you fasten off and change the crochet color

Is it a bit strange to hear that you can fasten off and change the color together? It sounds strange but it’s very possible to do that. It’s super easy and so simple as well.

  1. You all know that you need to cut off the yarn to fasten it off. So the first thing to do is to cut off the yarn.
  2. Leave a tail of 6 to 8 inches to weave it later.
  3. Then pull the yarn tail through the very last loop on the hook.
  4. Simply switch to a new color.
  5. This time you have to make a slip knot with new yarn and just place it on your hook.

Benefits Of Fastening Off

Fasten-off has a lot of benefits for us. Crocheting needs a lot of afford to be done completely. But, if you do not fasten off your crochet you will not get the perfect-looking and professional crochet end of the day. So the necessity of fastening off is really very valuable. Now, I am going to evaluate all the benefits of fastening off.

  • Prevents Unravelling: Fastening off ensures that you that the last stitch is secure and won’t unravel that quickly. There is no alternative way of fastening off your crochet to finish your project hundred percent. When you will wash or wear your crochet, it could be unraveled or get loose for not fastening off the crochet. So, I hope you all understand the importance of fastening off in crochet.
  • Neat and Professional Finish: If you don’t fasten off your crochet you will see that the yarn is hanging in the air or the crochet is not that perfect in look and so on. When you will fasten off your crochet you will definitely feel the difference. Your crochet will be very clean and professional as well.
  • Allows for easy join: Fasten off will provide you with a neat and professional look in your crochet. I have told it before that fastening off is used to finish your crochet in a great way and prevent your crochet from unraveling. Fastening off creates an endpoint for other components to make a larger project. You can easily add any other fabric or stitch with your previous crochet. It is necessary to make any big projects.
  • Enables Customizations: Fastening off helps your project to add a dimension to take your project to the next level. If you want to add any design or embellishments (buttons, zipper) to your project, you can easily add them after fastening off the crochet. It provides you with a secure way to add a dimension or any decorative items to your crochet.
  • Make crocheting easier: Fastening off helps you keep track of your progress. It provides a visual marker that helps you stay decorated and organized to follow instructions correctly.

So, from the previous discussion, you got to know all the benefits of fastening off crochet. So you have no way to avoid this activity of crocheting.


What does fasten off mean in a crochet pattern?

Fastening off means putting on a knot in place as if the crochet doesn’t unravel. Fasten-off is used to keep your crochet secure and to give it a professional look.

How do you fasten off crochet without a needle?

Normally, fastening off has done with a tapestry needle. If you don’t have that you can use a crochet hook to weave it later. Put your crochet hook into the crochet fabric where you normally put the needle.

What is the easiest method of fastening off?

The basic rule of fastening off is to yarn over with the crochet hook and then pull the entire yarn tail through the loop with your current hook. But there are a lot of ways that will provide you with an elegant and professional look to your crochet.

Final Thoughts

Fastening off is not that tough work to do. It is very easy and it has some simple steps to do it. Though I have mentioned a lot of steps here. But, don’t worry! Try all of them at home and then select one between them all. It will help you to improve your skills in crocheting. If you try only one fasten-off rule, then one time you will get bored enough to do the same thing. So, be patient and try all the simple steps to make yourself a professional crocheted. And I am pretty sure that, you will be the fan of fastening off when you get the real vibe behind it. Some of the steps may be a little difficult but if you practice them 2 times a day, you can overcome the problem for sure. In conclusion, I want to say that crocheting is a form of art and craft that is vastly used worldwide to make various products and stuff. Keep crocheting and keep careful about fastening off. Because without doing that your crochet is not secure enough and it may cause your all hard work as well.


Hey I’m Sherry Howes an expert in sewing, knitting, crocheting, and embroidery. With a passion for fiber arts and a talent for crafting, I Have spent years improving my skills and sharing knowledge with others. Whether teaching a class or creating a new project, I’m always excited to share my love of crafting with the world. I like researching new techniques and trends in the crafting arts community.

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