Let’s talk about something kind of gross but completely genius for a second: the spit join. What is it? Why would I do it? And how am I just now hearing about this awesome technique?!
What is a spit join?
One common way to join in a new ball of yarn is to leave a tail, start working with your new ball, and then weave in the ends later. This is fine. It works. BUT, if you aren’t a fan of weaving in ends (I know I’m not), you might want to try a spit join instead.
Note: this will only work if you are using an animal fiber (wool, alpaca, etc.) and a non-superwash yarn. If you aren’t sure if your yarn will work…try it! If you follow all of the steps, give your yarn a tug. If it comes apart, it’s not meant to be.
How do I join two yarns together with a spit join?
- Get the two ends you are joining wet – this is where the spit comes in.
- Overlap the two ends a bit (1/2″-1″ will do it).
- Rub the two damp, overlapping strands vigorously together between your hands. Really give ’em a go, like you’re trying to start a fire.
- Check it. Once you’ve given them a good rub, take a look. Does it look like the two ends are felted together? If not, keep rubbing, if so, you’re good to go!