Joining a New Yarn

While I would love to see one, I have never seen a ball of yarn large enough to create an entire sweater or a skein with perfectly placed color changes, so you never have to join a new ball of yarn. When I first learned to crochet, I didn’t know how to properly join a new ball or color. I would fasten off the first ball, create a slip knot, and join the new ball. Or I would knot the two ends together. Either of these methods created a knot in the fabric and can be an annoying, though small, waste of time. When you have spent hours on a handmade creation, little imperfections such as these hard knots can be disheartening.
There is a different option. You can join a new ball or color as you go without fastening of the first color. It's surprisingly easy actually. I even snapped a few pictures to illustrate.
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Work the stitch before the color or ball change to the last two loops. I used single crochet but the same instructions apply for double crochet, treble crochet, a puff stitch, or about any other stitch you can think of.
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Now, instead or yarning over and drawing the old color through, yarn over with the new color and draw it through the two loops. It can be a little tricky coordinating all of the tails at first, but it become second nature. Until you work a few stitches the new color will be a bit loose; be careful not to pull on it as that will shorten the tail which will need woven in later for stability.
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And that's it, you have started a new color or ball without the annoyance of a knot or fastening off and rejoining. I would love to hear or discuss other methods of joining new yarns or switching colors while crocheting.
Best wishes,

Toni

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