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Beginner Basics: Knit.101

Joining Yarn


At some point you’ll be knitting along, feeling confident and picking up speed, when all of a sudden, you’ve run out of yarn. Don’t panic—there’s a very easy way to remedy that situation, and it’s called “joining yarn.”

Whenever possible, join new yarn at the end of a row, even if that means cutting off some of the yarn from the previous ball. You'll find it easier to hide the ends later, and stitches will be less likely to bulge or become distorted mid-row. If joining mid-row can't be avoided, carefully check the tension of the affected stitch so that it's neither too tight nor too loose.

at the side edge
joining yarn at edge    
To join a new yarn at the side edge, tie it loosely around the old yarn, leaving at least a 6"/15cm tail. Untie the knot later and weave the ends into the seam (see Weaving in Ends).    
in the middle of a row
joining yarn in middle of row joining yarn in middle of row  

1. To join a yarn in the middle of the row, insert the right needle into the next stitch to be worked, wrap the new yarn around the right needle, and start knitting with the new yarn.

2. Work to the end of the row. Tie the old and new strands together loosely before continuing so they will not unravel.  

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