how to join new yarn in the middle of knitting project in 3 easy steps

Today I want to show you how I join a new yarn in the middle of knitting project. Why? Because I got angry, and let me tell you.

I happened to over hear a discussion about how to join or attach new yarn in the middle of your work. A novice knitter was asking someone more experienced, how to do it. And her answer amazed me.

I practically drop my jaw on the floor…

Instead of talking to her about the easiest way to do it, she held a lecture of multiple advanced techniques available. I hardly kept myself quiet (as I know it’s not nice to eavesdrop, but they were talking about knitting you know). It really made me think though.

Have you noticed that there are a lot of how to tutorials and technique videos about knitting? And have you noticed that techniques showed, are more and more complicated? I mean – it looks like the more complicated stuff we can throw in, more cooler we look…

Well – we are scaring beginners people

So, here is my super special and fancy technique. Furthermore, this is the ultimate technique we, Estonians, use in our sensationally loopy Estonian lace. And, I personally use it everywhere.

Here’s how you join new yarn in the middle of knitting in 3 easy steps:

1. Make sure you have enough yarn end left over (about 10 cm / 4 inches)

join new yarn in knitting

2. Make a knot

joining new yarn for beginners

3. Make another knot

how to attach new yarn in knitting

Pull it closed and done!

easy way to join new yarn in the middle of knitting project

You can knit those yarn ends into your work as you move on or you can thread those in with a needle.


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8 thoughts on “How to join new yarn in the middle of knitting project – the easy way

  • 16. September 2016 at 17:05

    For me it depends on the yarn and project. I wouldn’t use this method for lace, it will show out.

    • 16. September 2016 at 18:06

      actually it won’t – after blocking there’s nothing showing

  • 16. September 2016 at 22:10

    Thank you very much. I usually use double yarn without using a knot. Have never tried the join requiring saliva-simply looks gross to me.

  • 17. September 2016 at 02:01

    The Russian method is so much easier and leaves no ends to knit i. Easily googled on the net.

  • 19. November 2016 at 14:37

    I like your method,square knot & weave in the ends, as you say, it is quick, easy, works for yarn and thread of all sizes, and rarely shows once ends are woven in. (It is also how manufacturers of yarn deal with the issue.

    I like the idea of the Russian method for finer yarns, but haven’t gotten the hang of it, but find it takes more time and effort, and it doesn’t work on threads.

    Thanks for sharing your ideas on knitting. I am an advanced crocheter and a novice knitter and the tips you share are most appreciated.

    • 19. November 2016 at 19:59

      Thank you, Diane! Naturally, there are multiple ways of doing things, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. πŸ™‚

  • 2. March 2017 at 03:16

    Hi, I have attracted a few frowns using this method but so what, it works for me.

    • 2. March 2017 at 13:02

      πŸ™‚ me too


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