Joining a new ball of yarn

As you all know, I've done a good number of projects since I first started knitting 15 months ago, some large, some small. I always run into the same problem. When it's time to add a new ball/skein of yarn (same color), I struggle with how to secure it. I have watched videos about the Russian method of weaving two pieces together, an invisible method of braiding, even spit splicing! Is there a simpler way to do this. Right now, I pretty much just tie a tiny knot and weave in the ends, but that leaves what I like to call a "scar" effect. (That may be because I just had my hip surgery!) I know it's really difficult to explain things on here, so if anyone has any links that show a good method, or a reference found in a book, that would be great. I appreciate any help. It's such a simple thing, but it is something with which we all have to do when we knit.

Thanks guys!



eaco24's picture

I just double the new strand with the old strand and knit a few loops that way. Has never failed me!

ronhuber's picture

If I am working with pure wool as I usually do, I pull back plies from the end of the working yarn and the end of the new yarn and do a spit join. When I am working with anything else, I do what Edwin does. I knit four or five stitches with both yarns and make sure there is a good size length of each that I can weave in after. When knitting lace I try to do it on a plain row. I think we worry too much about things falling apart where we have joined in new wool. It has never happened do me and I have never heard horror stories of it happening to anyone else.

chipsir's picture

I use the spit method (same as Ron) for wool. If I am really concerned about the join I do it at the begining of the row and tie it off later. If you are knitting circular, that does not work lol. I really do think this problem can be over thought.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I used to weave in the ends with a needle after knitting a few stitches with a double strand. Then I began weaving in the ends - over and under - as I knit [Mary Thomas's book has really good instructions, as does Kaffe Fassett's Glorious Knitting] especially when working on socks. Most recently, I learned the Russian Splice method but find it works best [for me] near the edge of a project.

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scottly's picture

Spit splice works for any animal fiber or animal fiber blend. It will work with some silk. For me it's the easiest and fastest but it's kind of disgusting. For cotton, linen, hemp, etc I start a new skein at the end of a row and in circ knitting, tie a loose square not and untie the knot when I go to weave in the ends.

Bill Basler's picture

I haven't done any fine kitting yet, Mostly hats, scarves and afghans. I have had good luck with either knitting the old and new strands together or even just tying them with a surgeons knot and hiding it on the wrong side of the work.

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks Guys!
I appreciate all the advice. I have been tying a tiny knot in an inconspicuous place with thinner yarn, but with the chunky acrylic things I've made it was more difficult to hide. I try to hide it near or between a cable stitch or at the beginning of a row. Most recently, I made a baby blanket with all garter stitch and some YO stitches. Even when I added the new yarn at the beginning of a row, after I wove the ends in, I ended up with a bit of a scar. I don't have this issue with worsted weight with a variety of different stitches.


Masala's picture

Mark, I've always used what is called a "weaver's knot", I can't explain it to you in writing, however you can look it up on google or bing. It has never failed me in over 30 years! It tighens itself!!!

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steve kadel's picture

I found a new way this summer at the retreat. With bulky yarns lay them on top of each other. Take a felting needle and some foam and stab it a bunch of times and...voila. Seamless join

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