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Joining yarn in knitting- the basics
There are a few different ways that you can join yarn in knitting. The most basic way is to simply tie the two yarns together. However, this can result in a bulky knot, which can be uncomfortable to work with and can also come undone easily.
A more secure way to join yarn is to use a crochet hook to join the two yarns together. This method is more secure and will result in a neat, unobtrusive join.
Another way to join yarn is to splice the ends of the two yarns together. This method is very strong, but can be a bit tricky to do if you’re not familiar with it.
The best way to join yarn- the Russian join
The Russian join is often touted as the best way to join new yarn in knitting. It’s invisible, doesn’t add any bulk to your work, and is easy to do. Simply thread the tail of your old yarn through the eye of a needle, and then thread the tail of your new yarn through the needle. Next, thread both ends of yarn through the loop on the needle, and pull tight. You’ve now joined your two pieces of yarn!
The knitted join
The knitted join is a method of joining new yarn to your knitting that results in a virtually invisible seam. It’s my favorite way to join yarn, because it’s so easy and it produces a nice, strong join that won’t come undone.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Start by knitting a few stitches with the new yarn.
2. Then, take the tail of the new yarn and insert it into the stitch on the needle as if you were going to knit it.
3. Using your left hand, grab the tail of the new yarn and the working yarn (the yarn that’s attached to the ball) and hold them together.
4. KNIT the stitch as usual, but instead of just using the working yarn, use both the tail of the new yarn and the working yarn held together.
5. Continue knitting with the new yarn in this way until you’ve used up all of the tail. Then, just keep knitting with the new yarn as usual!
The splice join
The splice join is one of the easiest ways to join two pieces of yarn together, and it also produces a nearly invisible seam. You begin by untwisting a short section of each yarn to be joined to form two fuzzy ends. Using a needle, thread one end of each yarn through the other yarn’s end, then allow the two sections of fun to twist back together. Be sure not to twist them too tightly, or the resulting seam will be very visible.
The crochet join
Crocheting the two yarns together is probably the strongest of all the joins, and also the most invisible. It’s also my favorite, because it’s so fast. You’ll need a crochet hook that is about the same size as your knitting needles.
1. Make a slip knot in both yarns, holding them together.
2. Insert the crochet hook into the first stitch on your left-hand needle, and loop both yarns over the hook (Figure 1).
3. Draw the yarns through the stitch (Figure 2), and then through the loop on the hook (Figure 3). You have now made one chain stitch using both yarns.
4. Slip the stitch off the needle, and continue crocheting until you have crocheted in all of your stitches.
The weaver’s knot
A weaver’s knot is often used to join new yarn in knitting. The weaver’s knot is strong and doesn’t slip, but it can be difficult to make and may leave a small bump in your work.
1. Hold the tail of the old yarn and the end of the new yarn together, leaving a 6-inch tail of each.
2. Make a loop with the new yarn, holding it between your thumb and first 2 fingers. Make sure the tail is on the inside of the loop.
3. Wrap the tail of the old yarn around the loop two times.
4. Insert your needle into the center of the loop, then pull it through until both tails are firmly wrapped around the needle.
5. Gently pull on both tails to tighten the knot, then snip off any excess yarn close to the knot.
The overhand knot
There are many ways that you can join new yarn in knitting, but the overhand knot is one of the most common and easiest to do. This method is best suited for joining yarns of the same thickness, as it can be difficult to adjust the tension of the knot if the yarns are different weights. To join your yarn using the overhand knot, simply follow these steps:
1. Start by making a loop with the tail end of your new yarn, leaving a 6-8 inch tail.
2. Pass the working end of the yarn over the top of the loop, then under and through the hole.
3. Pull on both ends of the yarn until the knot is tight against the skein. Trim any excess yarn if necessary.
The double knot
The double knot is by far the most popular way to join yarn when you’re knitting. It’s simple, it’s secure, and it doesn’t leave a lot of ends sticking out that could come undone later.
To do a double knot, start by holding the two pieces of yarn together, end to end. Make a loop with one piece of yarn, and then thread the other piece of yarn through that loop. Pull on both ends of the yarn to tighten the loop and form a second loop. Thread the first piece of yarn through the second loop, and then pull on both ends to tighten it. You should now have two knots side by side, with both pieces of yarn holding them together securely.
The slip knot
The slip knot is the most basic way to join yarn, and it’s also the most common method used by knitters. To make a slip knot, start by holding the yarn in your left hand and making a loop. Then, take the tail of the yarn and pass it over the loop. Next, insert your right hand through the loop and grab onto the tail of the yarn. Finally, pull on both ends of the yarn to tighten the knot.
The magic knot
The magic knot is an easy way to join new yarn in knitting without having to make a crochet chain or knit a long tail. It’s also great for joining two pieces of yarn together, such as when you’re running out of one color and need to start another. Here’s how to do it:
1. Cut a length of yarn from the skein, about 18 inches long. This will be your tail.
2. Make a loop with the tail, and tie it into a knot.
3. Cut another length of yarn from the skein, about 12 inches long. This will be your working yarn.
4. Insert the working yarn through the loop of the tail, from back to front.
5. Insert the tail through the loop of the working yarn, from front to back.
6. Pull on both ends of the yarn until the knots tighten up against each other. You should now have two loops on either side of the knot, with your working yarn coming out of one loop and your tail coming out of the other.
7. To join the new yarn in knitting, simply start knitting with it as you would normally!