Join New Yarn

Unless you will be knitting only one-color and one-skein projects, you will eventually need to add a new skein of yarn. I like to add the new yarn at the beginning of a new row and tying it into a little bow to secure. Watch this video to see how easy it is to move onto two-color and multi-skein projects!

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  1. Joyce Davalla
    Posted January 20, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    I wasn’t sure if I was joining the new color properly & it was too late to call my personal tutor so I checked the video for how to join new yarn & found out I was doing it right!! These videos are really helpful. Keep up the good work Michelle.

  2. Erika Sutherland
    Posted February 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    Thank you! This was so helpful. I love your site.

  3. Posted February 2, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for visiting!

  4. Viy
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Hi, Michelle-

    Is there a technique that will prevent the “running stitch” pattern (line) from forming on the wrong side of the fabric when one changes yarn colors either in circular or flat knitting? I am thinking of stripes in a blanket, for example, where I would like to not have that obvious yarn change line on the wrong side. The blanket is done in garter stitch.

    Thanks for all your very instructive videos. You are a very good teacher; but then, I already knew that from having taken some of your classes already.

  5. Posted June 22, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    How nice to hear from you, Viy! Unfortunately, the “running stitch” is a characteristic on the wrong side of garter stitch.The best that can be done with your situation is to knit even number of rows in garter stitch before changing colors (ex. 2 in blue, 2 in green, 2 in red). This will give a nice flow to the back. Good luck!

  6. Mary Koerner
    Posted January 30, 2013 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    How do you join yarn in the middle of a row?

  7. Melissa George
    Posted July 1, 2013 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    I just starting knitting in January (2013) and I am doing your block of the month class at my local yarn shop, Fanciwerks in Apple Valley, CA. I have learned so much and now have the confidence to take on new projects. Your Video lessons are the best!!!
    Thank you,
    Melissa G

  8. Posted July 1, 2013 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    I’m so happy that Building Blocks and my videos are helping you improve your skills. Happy knitting!

  9. Suzanne Hood
    Posted February 12, 2014 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    I taught myself to knit with lots of experts along the way giving me advice. I purchased your book, Building Blocks and I am knitting the largest project that I have tackled so far. Thank you for supporting me with videos and giving me the confidence to knit the blanket.

  10. Posted February 13, 2014 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    I’m delighted to be a part of your knitting education! Keep up the good work.

  11. Judy
    Posted April 14, 2014 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    I saw a video about joining yarn in the middle of the row without knots but now I can’t find it. What is it listed under?? thank you?
    I am doing building blocks and have learned so much, I don’t want to stop until I finish the block. Then I can’t wait to start the next one, things I thought were too hard to do are really easy and with your videos, I can check to see if I’m doing them right.
    thank you so much.

  12. Posted April 15, 2014 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    Thanks for knitting Building Blocks with me! The Russian Join video will show you how to join yarn in the middle of a row with no knots. Happy knitting!

  13. John
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 4:09 am | Permalink

    I just started knitting about week ago, I find that your videos are very helpful. if I wanted to change color in the middle of my work, but still have a lot of my original color, would I just cut a tail about 8″ then join the yarn ? How many times can that be done in a project ?

  14. Posted November 5, 2014 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Welcome to knitting! Yes, you can just cut the old yarn leaving a tail to weave in later. This can be done as many times as you would like. If you are going to stripe, I suggest watching my Carrying Yarns Up the Side video to avoid cutting your yarn at each color change.

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