Fastening off

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Lady_oatcake wrote
on Feb 6, 2013 10:07 AM


I'm a very new knitter. I'm knitting a hat for a newborn, and the pattern says to :

"Break off yarn leaving a 30cm (12") tail.  Thread this tail through your tapestry needle and thread through remaining 12 stitches, removing them from the knitting needle.

Draw up tightly and fasten off so there is no hole. "

I then have to do some sewing.  But I'm really confused about what this means.  I've searched on the internet for some videos but it seems when "fastening off" usually you are only left with one stitch on the needle, not 12.

Any help (very simple basic steps) or a link to a video would be very gratefully received.



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salmonmac wrote
on Feb 7, 2013 4:45 AM

Hi and welcome to Knitting Daily!

Really it's just a matter of gathering all 12 sts on the strand of yarn, pulling very tightly to close the hole at the top of the hat and then knotting the yarn by weaving it through a couple of the stitches. Once the top gather is secure, you can weave the end of yarn through the sts again or you can use the same strand of yarn to continue seaming the hat.

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