In this post I will explain 4 easy ways of joining yarns.
You may need this skill because of working on a larger project and so there is more than 1 skein of yarn needed or you are working on multicoloured project and the pattern tells you to switch to the different colours.
1. Joining in the middle of a row
Not the prettiest way of joining a different coloured yarn. Definitely useful for monochromatic yarn joints (same colour – new skein only).
Usually, you join different colours “in the middle” while working on Amigurumi project as they are worked in spiral (no rows connected with slip stitch, but just continuous rows). If you do not know how to work slip stitch, here is my previous article, which could help How to make a Slip Stitch (ss) the smallest stitch of all
Especially with Amigurumis, I highly recommend you choose to join the yarn either somewhere in the back or bottom (armpits, soles, groin etc. of your doll or creature) that the joint is not so visible.
- Work the last stitch, before the new yarn is to begin, until it has two loops on the hook (do not finish the stitch completely).
- Wrap the new yarn, from back to front, around the hook in the same way as for previous stitches.
- Draw the hook backwards, pulling a loop of the new yarn through the two loops and onto the hook.
- Continue with the new yarn. When the piece is complete cut off the yarn. If you do need help with ending off and weaving tails read my previous article here 3 Steps to End Off Yarn and Weave Tails2. Joining at the end of a row
As you can see from the picture above this joint is good looking for multicoloured projects as well as monochromatic skein changes. You start similarly as per points 1-3 above however the joint is the last stitch of your old yarn.
- Partially work the last stitch of your old yarn, leaving two loops on the hook.
- Wrap the new yarn over the hook, from back to front.
- Pull the new yarn through the old 2 loops on the hook, completing the stitch.
- The completed joint should look like the picture below. You can see the colours alternate in rows, which is very neat on any garments or decorative items.
3. Joining with slip stitch (personally my favourite 🙂 )
Slip stitch joining is my favourite as I personally find the tails of old and new yarn a bit more secure than in the other ways of joining described here above in this post.
This joint can be used “in the middle” as well as “at the end of the row”. As mentioned already “in the middle” gives you stepped joint and more visible if you joining different colours. “at the end of the row” is more neat and prettier for different colours. But, your pattern tells you when to change the yarn, so follow that or join any time for monochromatic skein addition (same colour joint).
- Work your stitches until you need to change the yarn. Do not finish the last stitch completely, leaving 2 loops on the hook as in previous cases described here in above
- Temporarily remove the hook off your project, but secure your working loops with stitch marker or safety pins. If you do not have small cheeky kids around, you can leave them as they are, as no one, but only you will touch them 🙂
- Simply follow How to make a Slip Stitch (ss) the smallest stitch of all to make slip stitch of your new yarn
- Take the hook with the new yarn slip stitch and insert into the old two loops, from front to back.
- Take the new yarn, from back to front, around the hook
- Pull the new yarn through all the loops on the hook
- Continue with the new yarn as your pattern tells you.
4. Sewing joint
Quite unusual way of joining and I personally used it only for felting, shaggy yarns as they blend together well. It is more elaborate technique and in my opinion, you would not use it in every yarn joint due to fiddly process. But still useful for well blending yarns (e.g. mohair) as it can make multicoloured joints “in the middle” nearly invisible.
I would discourage you to use it on smooth cotton or acrylic yarns as the joint will be visible and it is not worth the effort 🙂
- Thread the tail of the new yarn into tapestry needle.
- You will need to cut off the old yarn leaving an approximately 8cm tail. Stretch the tail of the old yarn by rubbing your fingers.
- Beginning at the end of the tail, work running stitches through the stretched yarn tail at least for 3cm.
- Unthread the needle. Very gently pull both yarns until the stitched section is about the same thickness as the new yarn.
- Trim the end of the old yarn and loose tail of the new yarn ( on the above picture you would cut off second – blue and third – grey yarn tail counted clockwise from the hook). Continue with your stitches over the sewed part as normal.
And that is all for joining the yarns topic from me,