Joining Yarns: Middle of a Knitting Project [FREE Knitting Tutorial]

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Text area which says "Basic Tutorials: Joining Yarns: Middle of a Knitting Project , learnknittingonline.com" followed by a drawing of a different colored yarn being knitted in the middle of a knitting projectIn most knitting projects, there comes a time when you run out of yarn and need to attach a new yarn ball. While joining yarns at the end of a row is ideal, it’s not always possible.

Knowing how to join yarn in the middle of your project is essential for seamless knitting.

For instance, when knitting in the round, you will always need to attach a new yarn ball in the middle of a round.

Furthermore, some colorwork patterns may also dictate that you need to change yarn colors in the middle of a row.

However, mid-row or mid-round yarn joinings should be handled carefully. Whenever possible, always try to join the yarn in an inconspicuous place. Examples of such places are at the edge of a cable or in a textured area.

If you’re knitting in the round, consider making the yarn join at the side of a garment or on the underside of an arm for a more seamless look.

Joining Yarns While Knitting: Step-by-Step

Knit to the best place for joining yarn. Make sure to leave a yarn tail that is at least 6 inches (approx. 15.5 cm) long.

How to Join Yarns While Knitting Step 1: Hands knitting to where the yarns will be joined.

Insert the right-hand needle into next stitch to be knitted.

How to Join Yarns While Knitting Step 2: Right-hand needle being inserted into the next stitch.

Wrap the new yarn around the right-hand needle. Make sure you leave a yarn tail that is about 6 inches (approx. 15.5 cm) long. Continue knitting with the new yarn.

How to Join Yarns While Knitting Step 3: Red yarn wrapped around the right-hand needle.

There will be some loose stitches where you have joined the yarns. If this bothers you, you can tie the two ends loosely together.

How to Join Yarns While Knitting Step 4: The joined red yarn tied to the original loose yarn.

When you have finished knitting the piece, untie the two ends and then weave them in. You can find a tutorial on weaving in ends here: Learn How to Weave in Yarn Ends.

How to Join Yarns While Knitting Step 5: Weaving in loose yarn on the purl side using a tapestry needle.

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