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Knitting How-To: Joining 2 Skeins of Yarn

Posted by TacieJ on January 25, 2015 in knitting, tips and tricks |

I don’t know about you, but I really dislike weaving in ends. I’m lazy and when I’m finished knitting I really want to be done with a project. And also, I’m always afraid that my weaving in won’t be enough and the ends will come undone and my entire project will unravel.

What I do is probably – if I did my research – something common. Here is what I do, especially with the fluffier yarns. The join with the smooth yarns (especially bulky) is more noticeable. But depending on what you are knitting and where the join is, it might not make a difference.

When you are about 6 to 8 inches from the end of a skein, fold the yarn in half.

2 skeins - fuzzy

New & Old - smooth New Looped - Smooth Old and New - Smooth

Take the new skein and do the same thing (fold in half) looping the new through the old.

Joined - Fuzzy

Old and New Joined - Smooth Old and New Joined - Smooth

Knit the folded yarn like you would any other yarn. Just be careful when you knit back over the join to pick up both strands as 1 stitch or you will increase accidentally! Or worse pick up an end which isn’t knit in and it will come undone creating a hole. So just watch then next row and you’ll be just fine!

Knit to Join - Fuzzy A look at the join on needles - Fuzzy A look at the join on needles - Fuzzy

Knit as Normal - Smooth Starting New Skein - Smooth Working Yarn & Tail - Smooth Knit as Normal - Smooth Joined - Smooth

Tah-Dah! You are woven in without weaving. And because your join is actually knit into the fabric you don’t have to worry about it coming undone.

Knit both side of the join - Fuzzy

Snip Off the Excess Old - Smooth Snip Off the Excess New - Smooth TahDah Joined = Smooth

 

 

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