As a beginner joining yarn in crochet is something you must know because it allows you to join yarn when you come to the end of a ball.
In this article, we explore four distinct methods for joining yarn in crochet and provide a guide on selecting the most appropriate method for your project.
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How To Join Yarn In Crochet 4 Methods
To join yarn in crochet, there are four methods available: Knot Join, Russian Join, Magic Knot, and Double Crochet Join.
- The Knot Join is the simplest method but may leave an unattractive bump on the work.
- In contrast, the Russian Join creates a seamless join that is suitable for smooth-textured projects.
- The Magic Knot works best for projects with color changes as it creates a secure and almost invisible join.
- For seamless joins in smooth-textured projects and great for joining new colors, the Double Crochet Join is ideal.
When deciding which method to use, consider the texture of your project, the desired final appearance, and the type of yarn you're using.
For textured projects, the Knot Join and Double Crochet Join are appropriate while the Russian Join and Magic Knot work well for smooth projects.
If you're changing colors, the Magic Knot is a good option as it creates a secure join that won't come undone.
Method 1: Knot Join
The knot join is one of the most straightforward methods for joining yarns.
Simply tie a knot with the old and new yarn, leaving a tail of several inches for each.
Trim the tails close to the knot, and you're ready to continue crocheting.
However, be aware that this method can create an unsightly bump in your work and may not be the best option for projects with a smooth texture.
Method 2: Russian Join
The Russian join is a little more complicated than the knot join, but it creates a more seamless join.
To use this method, thread the end of the new yarn through a tapestry needle and weave it back through the stitches of the old yarn, leaving a tail of several inches.
Then, weave the end of the old yarn through the stitches of the new yarn in the same way, leaving a tail of several inches.
Finally, pull both tails tight to join the two yarns, and trim the excess ends. This method is excellent for projects with a smooth texture, as it creates a nearly invisible join.
Method 3: Magic Knot
The magic knot is a popular method for joining yarn, especially for projects with color changes.
It involves tying a knot between the old and new yarn, but the knot is worked in a way that creates a small, nearly invisible knot.
Step 1 - To use this method, take the end of the old and new yarn and hold them parallel to each other.
Step 2 - Tie a knot with the two ends, making sure to leave a tail of several inches on each side.
Then, tie a second knot, making sure to insert the old yarn end through the loop of the new yarn and the new yarn end through the loop of the old yarn.
Step 3 - Pull both knots tight, and you'll be left with a small, secure knot that won't come undone.
Step 4 - Trim the excess ends close to the knot. This method is great for projects with color changes, as it creates a secure and nearly invisible join.
Method 4: Double Crochet Join
The double crochet join is a method that is worked directly into the last stitch of the old yarn.
To use this method, work your last stitch with the old yarn, leaving two loops on the hook.
Then, place the new yarn over the hook and pull it through the two loops on the hook, completing the last stitch with the new yarn.
Continue crocheting with the new yarn. This method creates a seamless join that is great for projects with a smooth texture.
This double crochet join, is the same method that we used in our article on how to change colors in crochet.
Which Method to Choose:
Choosing the right method for joining yarn depends on the project you are working on.
If you are making a textured project, like a blanket with raised stitches, the knot join or double crochet join may be the best options.
However, if you are working on a smooth project, like a scarf or shawl, the
Russian join or magic knot may be better options, as they create nearly invisible joins.
Also, if you are working on a project with color changes, the magic knot is an excellent option, as it creates a secure join that won't come undone.
Tips for Joining Yarn:
Regardless of which method you choose, there are a few tips to keep in mind when joining yarn.
- Always leave a tail of several inches on each side of the join. This will give you plenty of yarn to weave in later and will help ensure that the join doesn't come undone.
- Try to join the yarns in a place where it won't be noticeable in the finished project. For example, if you're working on a scarf, you might want to join the yarns along one of the edges, rather than in the middle of the project.
- When weaving in the ends, be sure to weave them in securely. You don't want your hard work to unravel because the ends weren't woven in properly.
Joining yarn in crochet is an essential skill for any crocheter. Whether you're working on a large project or just need to add a new color, there are several methods to choose from.
The knot join, Russian join, magic knot, and double crochet join each have their advantages and disadvantages, so it's important to choose the method that works best for your project.
By following these tips and practicing your joins, you'll be able to create seamless and beautiful crocheted projects that you can be proud of.
Frequently Asked Questions
Common mistakes include not leaving enough of a tail on each side, joining in a noticeable place, and not weaving in the ends securely.
Yes, you can join yarns mid-row. Simply follow the instructions for your chosen join method, making sure to leave tails of several inches on each side.
To weave in the ends, thread the tail of the yarn through a tapestry needle and weave it back and forth through the stitches of the project, being careful to avoid creating bumps or puckers.
Trim the excess yarn close to the project. See more detailed instructions on our how to weave in crochet ends page.
You can use the same join method for all your projects, but keep in mind that different methods may work better for different textures and types of projects.
Choosing the right yarn for your project depends on several factors, including the project type, the desired texture and color, and your personal preferences.
It's always a good idea to consult the yarn label for information on gauge, fiber content, and care instructions.
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