Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday: Joining Yarn

Happy Valentine's Day!

In honor of today's holiday, I thought we'd talk about joining yarn!

When you're working on a large project, it's always an issue when you come to the end of one skein and need to start another.  This also happens when you need to change colors.

First, if you have a feltable yarn, the easiest way is to felt the two ends together.  Just get the ends wet, place the ends in your hand and rub together.  Easy peasy!  This is best for when you are joining yarn of the same color.  If you want to decrease bulk, split the plies of both ends and break off about half of the plies on each end.

You can also do a knit-in join where you knit a few stitches with both yarns, overlapping the new end with the old end.  This is also called the overlap method.

A third, and perhaps sneakiest way is to do a Russian Join.  This method is a bit more complex, so I'm including a video tutorial created by the wonderful Susan B. Anderson.

These are just a few options, but there are many more out there!  What's your favorite way to join a new skein of yarn?

1 comment:

Elena. (theresmiling) said...

I like the Russian join, but also do the overlapping method a lot. Sometimes I only join at the beginning of a row, so that I don't have yarn ends stick out in the middle of the back of a sweater one day.