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What Does FO Mean in Crochet?

By: Zoe McRae, Editor, AllFreeCrochet.com
Updated June 21, 2019
What Does FO Mean in Crochet

If you're just starting to crochet and are just about to finish a project, then you may have encountered the FO crochet abbreviation. Don't worry if you don't know what it means because this guide will help! After reading, you’ll be able to answer the question, What does FO mean in crochet? We’ll also explain what it means to fasten off yarn ends and why it’s important to do so.

The abbreviation FO can mean two things: Finish Off, or Fasten Off and the term often comes near the end of a pattern to tell you that the project is complete. According to The Spruce Crafts, the term FO can also mean “Finished Object." Fastening off is an important step in crochet because this action means that all of the stitches in your crocheted creation will stay put. Fastening off the ends also means that there is less risk of the yarn ends getting caught and undoing all of your careful work.

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How to Fasten Off Crochet Ends

Now that you know the FO abbreviation definition, you’re ready to learn how to finish your project! The most popular way of finishing off a crochet project is to weave in the ends, which involves embedding extra yarn threads back into the crochet stitching until they blend in seamlessly. This process can also be referred to as casting off loose ends. See how it's done with this video tutorial that will walk you through the process of how to weave in ends.

Why Fasten Off in Crochet?

There is nothing worse than spending so much time and effort perfecting a crochet project then having it fall apart later. Although you can choose not to fasten off yarn ends, it is a good decision to finish them off to avoid having your project fall apart, especially if your project is something that is used often like a hat, shawl, or bag. Fastening off will also ensure that the pattern texture will stay in place and not come loose. Once you learn how to fasten off yarn ends, it will be a quick and easy step to make sure all your crocheted creations stay complete!

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