New To Knitting - How to Start New Skein

I'm very new to knitting. My first project is a scarf for my wife. I have also started on an "easy" sweater pattern. It's all one colour. I'm working on the back panel. I've come to the end of the first skein, and I'm wondering if it is best to start the 2nd skein in the middle of the work, or on the end. Does it make much difference?

Bill's picture's better to join at the you can weave the ends in more easily.

Bill's picture

the above was posted very late at night in answer to a call for help... there are several ways of joining/splicing...which we use as needed. and Bernie can research the very good suggestions from the group when he has time. Since the work he's knitting is not in the round, but in pieces...I felt joining at the edges was simplest.

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bobshome's picture

Hey - I recently told a friend that I hated weaving in all those loose ends after I finish a piece. She showed me that she uses both yarns to knit four stitches then works in one tail on the back of the work like you would as if knitting with two colors. Then work in the other tail when you come around on the next row. I love the method, it's clean and easy, when I finish a piece it's ready to go.

OperaGeek's picture

If you are using wool or another animal fiber yarn, you should learn to felt the end of your working yarn onto the end of the next skein. It's very easy, and you can find a video of the procedure at Felting will not work with acrylic or other synthetic yarn, so I would go with Bob's or Bill's advice if that is what you are using.

Welcome to the world of knitting!

Patrick :)

Bobohead's picture

Thanks for the help guys!

teejtc's picture


I'm going to make an unconventional suggestion: knot.

There are a lot of ways to splice and weave ends in (and many of them are wonderful and effective), but a good ol' fashioned knot works wonderfully (I'd suggest a square). If your garment isn't skin-tight and you make sure to knot on the wrong side (inside) no one will know and it'll work wonderfully. Totally stress free :-)

Grace and peace,

Tallguy's picture

Sorry 'tim, I like most of the things you do, but this suggestion is just plain wrong. It is heresy. You should not even have thought of it, let alone posted it to the world like that! No one in their right mind, with any kniting experience whatsoever, would ever make a knot in their knitting!! Never! You should have your Men's Knitting membership card revoked. This is doubly bad since you are misleading a new knitter, and that is unforgiveable. JMHO

teejtc's picture

I know, it's heresy... but sometimes the wrong option is still the best one...

In any case, I'll set the stake up in the back yard and pull out the wood drying in the garage. I expect everyone to show up for a big party before y'all torch me for my misdeeds.

Grace and Peace,

You are not the only one on here who has been known to tie a knot!

MMario's picture


I also am heretical.


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Bill's picture

I often tie knot on the back while I'm working...then at some point, when I'm bored with the knitting...I take a needle, untie the knot, and weave in the ends...
Tying a knot is quick..and allows me to keep knitting...

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I just do whatever my whimsey tells me...I almost always end up cussing at it anyway. Most often, though, I try to weave the ends in as I knit along since lots of my projects are in the round. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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MitchPR08's picture

I always do it on the end, but then again, im OCD and everything must always be perfection with me and I think it'll look cleaner if you do it on the end...just my opinion. But I would go with whatever makes you comfortable.

michaelpthompson's picture

I guess I'll have to join the heresy. I almost always join new yarn at the end of a row with a square knot on the wrong side. I've tried a sheet bend, which works wonderfully with rope, but seems to give inconsistent results with yarn.

I've found that if you pull the knot really tight, it reduces to virtually the same diameter as the yarn. It's still noticeable if you run your fingers along the yarn, but it's barely noticeable at all in the knitting, and since it's on the wrong side, you'd have to be looking closely to find it on purpose.

I've seen a method on TV where you knit with both colors for a few stitches. Looked like it worked well, but I don't remember how they kept it from showing. something like what Bob said, I suppose.

In any case, I guess I'll have to join Tim on the stake. :-)

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."