Adding a new yarn

So it’s time to add a new yarn.  What to do?  Again, no one answer, no one best method.  Following are the methods I prefer.  Which I use depends on the circumstances – type of yarn, stitch pattern, project, or just whim of the moment.  They all work just fine.

 

 

Note:  The following videos show the new yarn as a second color for visual effect only.  The procedures would be the same for a new yarn of the same color as the old yarn. 

DO NOTHING

You actually don’t have to do anything, just drop the old yarn and begin with the new yarn.  You can use this at the end of a row or within the knitting (if the stitch pattern will allow tails to be woven in discretely).

I wouldn’t want to use this with slippery yarn or loose, open stitch patterns.   There is always the danger that the tail could slip through (and that’s what I refer to as a 4 letter event.)  Although if you leave a long enough tail, the yarn has some cling and the stitch pattern is nothing complicated, you should be fine.  Just check it and snug it up if it has  become loopy as you knit the next few rows.  You can adjust any loose stitches around the yarn change when you work in the tails.

Most people aren’t comfortable with this method and I fully understand.  Following are some methods I feel you’ll find more to your liking.

KNITTING LAST STITCH OF ROW WITH BOTH YARNS

This is simply securing the new yarn by holding it with the old yarn as you work the last stitch of the row.

Can you use this within the knitting instead of the end of the row?  Well I don’t, but you could.  There are just better ways to add a new yarn within the knitting.

JOINING WITH A SLIDE

This comes real close to a knot, but it isn’t.  I don’t recommend knotting yarns together but this slide works quite well and can easily be undone – or not.  It’s up to you.

This comes real close to a knot, but it isn’t.  I don’t recommend knotting yarns together but this slide works quite well and can easily be undone – or not.  It’s up to you.

TAIL TO THE FRONT

(my favorite method to add yarn within the knitting)

This is the technique I use to add intarsia yarns.  Naturally it can be used to add any yarn, it doesn’t have to be a color change.

  • Tail between the needles with cut end to the public side of the knitting
  • Interlock yarns
  • Resume knitting with new yarn

To finish the tail, pull it through to the back and weave in.  TaDa!

a helpful tip from Sherry