So, you’ve completed your first ball of yarn and now you’re wondering how you can join or change to a new color of yarn?
The problem with we human beings is that we’re always looking for the easiest way to do everything. And in this case, most crocheters will simply grab the beginning of the new yarn ball and tie it to the tail of the current ball.
Unfortunately, this is a sloppy way of joining or changing yarn and it can affect the look of your complete project.
Join us in below as we show you an easy and NEAT way to join and change yarn in crocheting.
- You’ll definitely know when your current ball of yarn is about to get finished, so you’ll need to stop crocheting when you’ve got around 6” of it left.
- Stop the last stitch with 2 loops left on your hook before you complete the stitch.
- Then, place a loop of your new ball tail on your hook and draw it through the last two loops to finish a stitch.
- That’s it. You’ve added your new ball of yarn and you can continue crocheting your pattern as normal.
That’s was Easy and Fast, right?
NOTE: You can use this simple technique to not only add a new ball of your when you run out of the current one but to also switch to a new color as your project requires.
An alternative method…
Apart from the method we’ve just outlined above, there’s another way of joining a new yarn ball to your crochet project, known as the Russian Join.
This is a great method for joining yarn with a tight twist to it.
This is how to do it:
- Grab the end of your current yarn and thread it on a yarn needle
- Make several stitches through your old yarn (approx.2 inches)
- Now pull your needle through the yarn so that you leave a loop at the end plus stitched section gathered up
- Now take the new thread you wish to join, thread it on your yarn needle, and thread through the old yarn loop
- Just like you did with the old yarn above, make a number of small stitches through this new yarn, approx. 2-inches
- Now pull your needle through the yarn
- Pull on both tail ends to enable you to bring the loops of the two yarns together
- Pull on the main strands of both the old and new yarn at the same time. This will make the tail ends to get pulled into the join
- Snip off excess tail ends, if any, and you’re done!
Quick NOTE: This method might take a bit of practice for you to master it. And it might not work for all types of yarns. This method is also suitable for switching to a new color along your project.
Joining a new yarn ball to your crochet project or switching to a new color to make your project visually appealing is nothing complicated.
Our first method above is quite easy and fast to learn for everyone as long as you know the basics of crocheting.
The second method, the Russian join, might take some bit of practice to master it but it’s also worth learning as it’s great for joining yarn with a tight twist to it.