Joining a New Yarn

Sep 10, 2009

While I would love to see one, I have never seen a ball of yarn large enough to create an entire sweater or a skein with perfectly placed color changes, so you never have to join a new ball of yarn. When I first learned to crochet, I didn’t know how to properly join a new ball or color. I would fasten off the first ball, create a slip knot, and join the new ball. Or I would knot the two ends together. Either of these methods created a knot in the fabric and can be an annoying, though small, waste of time. When you have spent hours on a handmade creation, little imperfections such as these hard knots can be disheartening.
There is a different option. You can join a new ball or color as you go without fastening of the first color. It's surprisingly easy actually. I even snapped a few pictures to illustrate.
Work the stitch before the color or ball change to the last two loops. I used single crochet but the same instructions apply for double crochet, treble crochet, a puff stitch, or about any other stitch you can think of.
Now, instead or yarning over and drawing the old color through, yarn over with the new color and draw it through the two loops. It can be a little tricky coordinating all of the tails at first, but it become second nature. Until you work a few stitches the new color will be a bit loose; be careful not to pull on it as that will shorten the tail which will need woven in later for stability.
And that's it, you have started a new color or ball without the annoyance of a knot or fastening off and rejoining. I would love to hear or discuss other methods of joining new yarns or switching colors while crocheting.
Best wishes,


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Jeanxo wrote
on Sep 10, 2009 12:16 PM

<p>I made a blanket for my granddaughter using granny squares. It had many colors and I used no knots when I changed colors. I thought I did a great job tucking in the ends of the yarn. When I gave it to her, it unraveled when it got tugged on.  What did I do wrong?  I live in fear of it happening again.</p>

on Sep 10, 2009 4:56 PM

<p>I will often make the first tie of a knot with two ends (where a new color was added) before weaving them in.  The ends are more secure, but you don't get the bump that occurs when you tie again to make the full knot.</p>

<p>I then weave the ends through the bottom back of stitches along one row, wrapping the end around a "leg" of the stitch every few stitches to make sure the end can't be easily pulled out.  One strand of color goes in one direction along the row, the other strand in the opposite direction.  </p>

<p>You could also go one row down once you've woven some of the end through the stitches and back in the opposite direction on this new row.  </p>

<p>Hope this helps.</p>

<p>Patrice Walker</p>


Toni Rexroat wrote
on Sep 14, 2009 10:16 AM

<p>Those are great ideas. There are multiple ways of weaving in loose ends depending on the fabric. You want to make sure the loose ends are long enough, I generally leave about 4 inches. When weaving the end in on something that is tugged or pulled on a lot, try weaving the yarn in one direction and then turning and weaving it in in a different direction.</p>

on Nov 26, 2009 11:54 PM

<p>I've recently been changing colors (for the first time, really) and having to add yarn to finish a project.  I realized quickly that I hate weaving in ends, so I've been leaving an extremely long tail and crochet over them for a couple of rows.  It's very hard to tell where I changed yarns and when I'm done I only have ONE tail to weave in!  YAY!!</p>