Russian Join: 10 Steps to Joining Yarn Seamlessly [FREE Knitting Tutorial]

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Unfortunately, there comes a time in most knitting projects when you have to join a new ball of yarn. If you are not too fond of weaving in ends, the Russian Join might be for you.

What is the Russian Join?

The Russian Join is a great technique for changing colors or attaching a new ball of yarn. In fact, it creates a very secure join that eliminates the need for weaving in ends later on. And best of all, it is almost invisible.

While the Russian Join is best when used on animal fibers (wool, alpaca, etc), it can also be used for cellulose and synthetic fibers making it a great all-purpose join.

When Should You Use the Russian Join?

There are many ways to attach a new ball of yarn. The three most common uses for the Russian Join are:

  • When attaching a new ball of yarn
  • When changing colors
  • When you cannot spit splice (yarns that will not felt, e.g., cotton or acrylic)

What You Will Need for the Russian Join

All you need to create a Russian Join is as follows:

  • A yarn needle
  • A pair of scissors
  • Two yarn ends that needs to be joined together

Russian Join: Step-by-Step Tutorial

Thread the yarn needle with the old yarn end. You should have about a 4-inch (approx. 10 cm) yarn tail.

Next, thread the needle through the plies of the yarn for about 1 inch (approx. 2.5 cm). The yarn needle should go right through the center of all the plies.

Russian Join Tutorial Step 2: Tapestry needle being inserted into a strand of light blue yarn.

If you find it difficult to slip the needle into the yarn, you can untwist the plies of yarn a little first.

Russian Join Tutorial Step 3: Light blue yarn threaded into a tapestry needle with the other end untwisted.

Pull the tail through the plies to form a loop at end of the yarn. This loop is where the second piece of yarn will be attached. It might look a bit messy at this stage but that will be fixed later.

Russian Join Tutorial Step 4: Light blue yarn with a loop created on one end.

Thread the yarn needle with the new yarn end. Again, leave a yarn tail of about 4-inches (approx. 10 cm).

Then thread the new yarn through the loop of the old yarn and pull the tail all the way through.

Russian Join Tutorial Step 6: Navy blue yarn being inserted in the loop of a light blue yarn using a tapestry needle.

Thread the needle through the plies of the new yarn as you did under step 2.

Russian Join Tutorial Step 7: A tapestry needle being inserted in a navy blue yarn.

Pull the yarn tail all the way through.

Russian Join Tutorial Step 8: A tapestry needle being pushed down as it is inserted in a navy blue yarn.

Tug on the yarn ends to tighten both the loops and smooth out any bunching of the plies.

Russian Join Tutorial Step 9: A light blue and a navy blue yarn joined together.

Trim the remaining excess yarn tails.

Russian Join Tutorial Step 10: Trimming the excess from a light blue yarn joined to a navy blue yarn using a pair of scissors.

Final Tip

If your join is not tight but a bit baggy and loose, pull on the yarn tails before you cut them. This should make the join tighter and more secure.

2 Comments

  1. This is fabulous. I used to just put one
    Yarn through the next one like this , but thick and not invisible.
    So looking forward to trying this out!

  2. Thank you for these tips, such a great help. I have trouble changing colours when knitting in the round, as in when you finish the first row ( round) in the new colour it does not join seamlessly. Can you help me with this please. Thank you.

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