A tapestry needle, also called a yarn needle, is a large-eyed blunt sewing needle to sew your knitted pieces together. The eye of your needle large enough for most of your heaviest yarn weights to fit through.
The tip of your needle is blunt, unlike the sharpness of a sewing needle, so that it doesn’t split your yarn. Sometimes it has a bent tip, but straight tips are fine, too. I like using these metal needles, and you’ll see plastic options, too.
WHY YOU NEED A TAPESTRY NEEDLE TO KNIT
Weaving in Yarn Ends to Finish Knitting Project Using a Tapestry Needle
Once you are finished knitting, you will cut, or break, your yarn. This dangling yarn is called a yarn tail. You can’t just cut your yarn tail at this point and be finished. If you did, your yarn would unravel and your knitted piece would be ruined. So, you will do something called weaving in our ends. We will have a yarn tail at both the start and end of our knitted project. We will use a tapestry needle to weave in our ends to finish our work.
Weaving in Yarn Ends when Changing Yarn Colors
When you change yarn colors, you will have yarn ends in your knitted piece. You will need a tapestry needle on hand when it’s time to weave in your yarn ends.
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Especially with cute little Knitted Softies, you may decorate our knitted piece with little designs. We can use embroidery techniques using yarn and our tapestry needle.
TAPESTRY NEEDLE STORAGE TIPS AND HACKS
Tapestry Needles can be really easy to misplace! Some can be purchased in these little containers, but others are just loose or in cardboard.
I like keeping these little cuties in a small makeup bag. Get creative and find a special container, bag, or location to easily find both your tapestry needles and scissors.
If you’re in a bind and don’t have one nearby, I found that a bobby pin can help! Let me know if you have any ideas for other tapestry needle hacks in the comments below!
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