I (Sara M.) may have actually invented a new trick with this method of joining a new yarn. It was inspired by the traditional method for joining a new yarn (or weft) while weaving. Weavers actually use a straight pin or needle, but we’re going to cheat and use a locking stitch marker.
This technique is quick, easy, and provides really even tension without having to spit-splice. Admittedly, it does require weaving in ends once the project is knit. To see any of these photos up close and personal, check out our Joining A New Yarn Tutorial on flickr.
Text Instructions (each step has a corresponding photo):
- Holding working yarn, make a slip knot with a 6 inch tail.
- Place the slip knot on the locking stitch marker and tighten.
- Pin the stitch marker to the wrong side of the project approximately 1 inch below the current row.
- Lock the stitch marker (it had to be said).
- Turn to the right side of the project and pick up the working yarn that is attached to the stitch marker. Tension the yarn as you normally would (i.e. around your fingers, in your hand, etc).
- Begin to knit with the new yarn.
- When you get to the end of the row, you’ll see the stitch marker (and yarn) have been pulled taught across the wrong side of the project. This will keep your gauge even and prevent unraveling.
- After about an inch of knitting with the new yarn you can remove the stitch marker from the wrong side.
See? Wasn’t that easy? Next week we’re going to steel ourselves and actually cut up some knitting. Get ready to steek!