That'll teach me to start a project with multiple colors without testing how the joins work. This yarn seems to resist felting (because 40% is silk) and Russian join likes to fail rather easily. The only successful join tactic I've discovered is knotting, and I *#$%ing hate knotting. I'm so paranoid the knots will come undone, and since this is a scarf I'm going to be selling, I am just staring at it all the time thinking, "Yeah....." I'll just keep my fingers crossed and keep the $30 bucks until ample time has passed in the winter season. LMAO


New York Built's picture

There is a join I use for linen thread that seems to work well with slippery yarns with no binding capability. This works with waxed linen, so it should work with anything.

Thread the old yard onto a sharp needle and pass through the new thread several times. Then, thread the new yarn onto the removed needle from the old and pass it through several times as well. Pull gently till it snugs, and it wil, but only if you use a sharp pointed needle to pierce the fiber structure in both yarns. After you knit, trim off the ends close to the yarn. You can thin each side a little if thickness is an issue, but do this lightly. It's the fiber structure on each side that holds this join. That being said, I have reduced each side with little loss in holding power, but with graduated lengths, like one third an inch, one third two inches and the remaining third three inches in length, on both sides.

The resulting thickness is identical to the single yarn and the join is invisible. Works well on slick yarns.

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Kerry's picture

You might also try Elizabeth Zimmermann's join by knitting 1 stitch with both yarns, then darning them in later. I like the sound of Mark's method with linen and will try it as I am knitting a polo shirt in linen.

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Am familiar with this join but have never used it. Superb for lacework, I'd guess. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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