Joining New Yarn

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Knitting expert Toni Lipe demonstrates how to knit a gauge swatch, including how to join new yarn.

    Toni Lipe: Hi! I am Toni Lipe with Toni's Design Studio. We are talking about knitting gauge swatches for your project. Right now, we are going to talk about joining new yarns. Most projects take more than one ball of yarn and sometimes you might want to switch yarns to put in stripes or different design elements. When you add a new yarn to your project, like right now, I am knitting with this cream color yarn and I want to add this blue. Most knitters say that you should never tie a knot in your yarn. You should simply grab the yarn in your left hand and just begin knitting with it. Now, you want to always start your new yarn whether it's a same color or a different color at the beginning of the row if you are doing stripes. If you are using the same yarn and you knit in the same color in the middle of the garment, it's going to show up and look very very untidy.

    So, you always want to start your new yarn at the beginning of the row, unless you are doing entire -- some kind of -- as you are card knitting where you are trying to knit a picture or some other design in the sweater, but a good rule of thumb -- now, see we have knitted that blue on to the white and it is a bit loose there, but we are going to tight it that up in a little while. We continue knitting, continue knitting in our new color and I will show you how you will take care of that in just a second. Once you have completed your garment and you have all of these loose ends hanging off, because of changing yarns or colors, you will weave them in and we are going to discuss weaving in yarns in just a little bit; but as you can see we have completed a row of our new yarn, a new color and our yarn is staying together. Now, I am going to cut this one off and later on we are going to take these ends in a tapestry needle and weave them in.

    Now, if you are knitting and you need to switch colors in the middle of the row for a picture, what you need to do, I will knit to about the middle here and then I will grab my light colored yarn. You hold that in your left hand and what you want to do is to twist the yarns, just like that, so that they are little bit crisscross and this white comes over the blue and you began knitting again. This crisscross will help eliminate any holes you may encounter as you switch the yarn over. So I am going to continue knitting with the white and I am going to knit and we've changed the yarns again, so you can see how I did that twist again. Uh! I have missed up a stitch so I backtrack. Always correct your mistakes otherwise you may never wear the sweater. Alright, and when you'll complete your project or as you knit you can put it down and snug up your yarns just to make sure its looks right and so here we have a strip of a white and we are knitting into the blue and I am going to switch to the blue again. So we are going to switch this over here and I am crisscrossing my yarns and I just dropped the stitch, but picked it up again and then I will start knitting with the blue. Now, that one more row and then we will put it flat, so you can see what we have done. Some people find it unnerving just to leave the threads hanging on the garment and they will put a little knot in it and then at the end of the project, will go back and take the knot out and then weave the ends in. That's your personal preference. Alright, so here are our thread ends and our project still look like that sometimes, the threads hanging everywhere, especially, when you are working on pictures or stripes in your knitting. Next, we are going to talk about weaving those ends in and finishing our project.