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Joining a ball

June 14, 2013

cakesUnless you are knitting a 1 skein wonder, you will need more than 1 ball of yarn to complete your project. Whether you are working in a new color, or just adding a new ball, the method for joining is the same.

Join a new ball at the beginning of a row or somewhere inconspicuous (like under the arm if you are knitting a sweater) where possible. Always try to leave a 4 or 5 inch tail of the old ball.

  1. Insert your needle ready to work the next stitch (or the first stitch of the row as the case may be).
  2. Instead of wrapping your right needle with the old yarn, place a loop of the new yarn around the needle. Make sure to leave a 4 or 5 inch tail of yarn (if it’s too short it may come out or it will be difficult to weave in)
  3. While holding both the tail and the working yarn of the new ball, pull the stitch through.
  4. Work a few more stitches with the new yarn (they may feel a little looser than usual)
  5. Pull the tail from the old yarn and the tail from the new yarn to tighten up the loose first stitches.
Insert your needle, ready to work the next stitch (in this case it's a purl)

Insert your needle, ready to work the next stitch (in this case it’s a purl)

place a loop of the new yarn over your needle

place a loop of the new yarn over your needle

Pull the loop of new yarn through the stitch

Pull the loop of new yarn through the stitch

Work a few more stitches

Work a few more stitches (they might feel a bit loose)

Give your tail a tug to tighten up the stitches

Give your tail a tug to tighten up the stitches

I sometimes tie the two tails together in a loose knot so they won’t unravel or get in my way. When I am finished with the item I can undo this knot to weave in the ends.

Are there other parts of learning to knit that you are unsure about?  It is our goal to inspire and educate – so stay in touch!  We love to hear your questions and comments – ask and we will do our best to point you in the right direction.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Eva permalink
    March 6, 2015 10:57 am

    “I sometimes tie the two tails together in a loose knot so they won’t unravel or get in my way. When I am finished with the item I can undo this knot to weave in the ends.”

    Did you mean to put a link in there?

    Either way thanks for the tutorial. :)

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