Join a New Yarn Two Ways

For years I avoided crochet colorwork projects and dreaded see the end of my skein. I didn’t know how to properly join a new yarn. Yes, I simply tied the end of the old yarn and the beginning of the new yarn together in a knot and tried to work around the horrible bump. I wish Interweave Crochet had been around. I now primarily use the yarn over method for joining a new yarn, whether for colorwork or to move to the next skein-no bump or messy knot.

In the Fall 2013 issue, I learned two new methods, and I’m so excited I want to share them with you.

Joining a New Yarn

Learn how to crochet with the russian join

Learn the Russian Join

Learn how to join a new yarn

Learn how to join yarn

The Russian Join

This method works for joining new colors or a new ball of the same color. The Russian join creates a knotless join with no ends to weave in.

To work this technique, you’ll need a small yarn needle. Using the working yarn, thread a few inches of the yarn end through the yarn needle. Work back into the same strand, leaving a small loop, and insert the needle through the plies of yarn and thread the yarn back through itself. Leave the loop at the end open, but pull the yarn tail all the way through the plies.

Using the second ball of yarn, thread one end through the yarn needle and then put the needle through the created loop on the end of the first strand. Repeat the same process as above, threading the yarn back through itself to create a loop.

You now have two interlocking loops of yarn. Pull the tail ends of each strand to close the loops of yarn around each other. Trim the tails, or work over them for extra security against raveling.


Standing Stitches

The standing stitch, particularly useful when you want to join a new yarn color in a motif, is more stable and more attractive than joining with a slip stitch and chaining up to the height of the stitch. To work the stitch, hold the yarn end against the hook, and then start the stitch in midair (in fact, Doris Chan calls this an “air stitch”). Yarn over one more time than you normally would for the stitch (two here for the double crochet shown). Insert the hook into the desired place and complete the stitch as usual. If it makes you sweat to loop in midair, start with a slipknot, and then either pull out the slipknot when you’re finished or work over it.

— Sarah Read, Interweave Crochet Fall 2013

Order the Interweave Crochet 2013-2014 Collection today for more great crocheting techniques, tips, and patterns.

Best wishes,

P.S. What is your favorite method of joining.



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