Jen Lucas

Join a New Ball of Yarn to a Project

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Curious about how to join a new ball of yarn to your knitting project? Good news—it’s remarkably easy! In this video, knitting expert Jen Lucas demonstrates two ways to join a new ball of yarn to a project.

For most knitting projects, you’re going to run out of yarn at some point and need to join in a new ball or skeins of yarn to continue your knitted creation. Jen suggests joining the new ball of yarn at the start of a row whenever possible. It’s much easier to weave in the ends in such a way that they are invisible on the knitted fabric. Every knitter gets into a situation where they need to join the new yarn in the middle of a row; that’s okay too, just be careful when weaving in the ends. If the fabric is loose and airy, you might be able to see the woven-in yarn ends.

The first way to join a new ball of yarn is to simply pick up the new yarn and start knitting with it. So simple! That first stitch will be a little loose, but Jen tugs on the yarn tails a bit to tighten the stitch up. She suggests tying an overhand knot if that loose stitch makes you nervous. It can easily be undone before weaving in the ends at the completion of the project.

The second method for starting a new ball of yarn on your knitting project is to knit a stitch (or two) with both the old yarn and new yarn held together. This makes the join a little stronger and less likely to loosen up. Jen cautions when using this method to take care that when you come back to those stitches on the next row, be sure to treat those two strands together as a single stitch.

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4 Responses to “Join a New Ball of Yarn to a Project”

  1. Ingeborg Wilson 8

    Your video is not in the center so I could not see what she did very disappointing

  2. Marcia

    Jen I just watched your video about joining yarn and it was great. Your calm, confident voice makes it easy to listen to your instructions. I look forward to watching more videos.

  3. Kris

    Take the yarn in use and the new yarn. Fray both about 9-12”, thinning as you do the fraying. Get your hands wet then put the frayed ends across the palm of your hand, one from the left and one from the right so that the frayed ends are overlaping. Rub the strands together, up and down the 12” length until they look like they are spun together.


    I love the knitting circle. But i wish you had patterns to actually knit from. What good is the examples of knitting samples without patterns to try. I wish you can help me. And others

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