How to Join New Yarn in Knitting: Seamlessly Add More Yarn

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To join new yarn in knitting, one can loop the new strand over the right needle and knit with it, weaving in the ends later. It’s important to ensure the yarn is securely attached and that the ends are woven in to prevent fraying.

Are you looking to join a new strand of yarn to your knitting project? Joining new yarn is an essential part of knitting, and it’s not as complicated as it might seem.

All you need to do is loop the new strand over the right needle and start knitting. You’ll then want to secure the strands and weave in the ends for a seamless finish.

With just a few simple steps, you can join new yarn with ease!

Gather Supplies

To begin, gather all necessary supplies to ensure a successful project. This includes selecting yarn for the project and estimating the yardage needed. You should always buy extra yarn to make sure you have enough for your project, as it’s better to have too much than not enough!

When picking out yarn, be sure that it’s similar in weight and material to the type of yarn already being used in the knitting project. It can be difficult to match dye lots, so try to find a skein that looks close enough or purchase an additional skein if needed.

Once you have gathered your supplies, you’re ready to move on to joining the new yarn. Before beginning this process, make sure that you have left some slack at the end of your current strand of yarn; this will help when weaving in ends later on in the project.

Then take your two strands of yarn and hold them together with one hand while using your other hand to separate them slightly from one another. Now place both strands over your right needle before continuing with knitting with the newly added strand of yarn.

Loop the New Strand Over the Right Needle

By looping the new strand, you’re one step closer to finishing your project – and it’s estimated that 10 million people around the world knit as a hobby!

To join a new yarn when knitting, begin by knotting together the ends of the old and new strands. Then you’ll use what’s known as a ‘loop joining method.’ With this technique, you’ll loop the end of the new yarn over your right needle. Make sure to move slowly so that everything is secure. You don’t want any loose threads or gaps in your work!

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Once you’ve successfully completed this step, you can start knitting with the new yarn. Your stitches will be joined seamlessly with no visible lines or gaps. Depending on how intricate your pattern is, it may take some time to get used to working with two different colors of yarn at once. However, practice makes perfect and soon enough you’ll be able to create beautiful projects without difficulty!

Be mindful not to forget about weaving in all those ends later on; otherwise, they could come undone after some wear and tear. But for now, we’re ready for the next part: knitting with our newly joined yarn!

Knit with the New Yarn

Now that the new yarn is securely looped over your right needle, you’re ready to start knitting with it and create something beautiful!

Working with different color combinations and stitch patterns can give an exciting new look to any piece of work. With the new yarn in place, it’s time to focus on a few important aspects of knitting with it.

First, remember that when working with multiple strands of yarn at once, they should be kept as separate as possible while knitting. This will ensure that there are no tangles or knots in the project and make sure that each strand is used correctly.

Pulling one strand too tight can cause tension problems throughout the entire piece. As you knit, take care not to pull too hard on either strand so that everything remains even.

Second, pay attention to how the two strands are interacting as you work them together. When alternating between each strand, make sure they fit comfortably around your needles without becoming twisted or tangled up together.

If you find yourself having difficulty keeping them separate or if they become knotted up along the way, simply stop and untangle before continuing again. This will help prevent any issues later on in your project due to a knot being hidden inside of it after completion.

Finally, take some time to experiment with different techniques when working with two strands of yarn at once – such as combining colors for interesting effects or changing stitch patterns for added texture variations – until you get comfortable enough to create something unique and amazing!

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Then move onto securing both strands so they won’t unravel or come undone while wearing your finished garment or item.

Secure the Strands

Tying off the strands securely will ensure that your project stays intact, so take care to firmly knot them together and weave in the excess ends.

When it comes to changing colors or joining new yarns, there are a few techniques you can use:

  • Knot Tying: You can tie a simple knot between two pieces of yarn by looping one piece over the other and pulling tight. This is an easy solution but not all knots will hold up well over time.
  • Invisible Knots: To create a more secure connection, try making an invisible knot with the two pieces of yarn. Hold both strands together and wrap one end around your fingers several times before threading it through itself and pulling tight. This creates a strong, nearly invisible bond between the two pieces of yarn that won’t unravel easily.
  • Color Changes: If you’re working with multiple colors in your project, you’ll need to secure each color change carefully to keep from creating unsightly gaps or lumps in your finished work. Start by tying a small knot at the end of each strand of yarn before weaving them into nearby stitches and trimming away any excess ends. That way, they’ll stay put while you continue knitting without slipping out.

No matter what technique you choose for securing strands when joining new yarns, taking extra care ensures that your projects look neat and professional once they’re complete!

Taking just a few moments now to tie off any remaining loose ends will save time later on when it comes to weaving in those pesky little bits of excess yarn.

Weave in the Ends

Don’t let your hard work go to waste – make sure you securely weave in those pesky little ends for a polished look!

To ensure that the yarn is woven in correctly, use tension control and pattern tensioning techniques. This will help keep your work even and neat.

Cut any excess yarn close to the knot, being careful not to cut too close. Take one strand at a time and use a tapestry needle or crochet hook to weave it into the knitted fabric. Make sure each end is firmly woven in so that it won’t come loose over time.

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Weaving them both in different directions can provide added security, but this isn’t necessary if you’ve used proper tensioning techniques when knitting. Once all of the ends are woven in, take one more pass over everything with the needle or hook to make sure they’re secure and won’t unravel later on.

Now you can enjoy your newly joined yarn without worrying about any bumps or lumps!

Enjoy Your Newly Joined Yarn!

You can now bask in the fruits of your labor, admiring the secure and even join you’ve created with your yarn! Your newly joined yarn is ready for whatever project you have in store.

As a knitter, it’s time to explore color, stitch patterns, and share projects with other knitters. Here are four ways to make the most of your new yarn:

  1. Practice different types of stitches to create unique textures for scarves, blankets, or sweaters.
  2. Experiment with color combinations to design eye-catching accessories like hats or mittens.
  3. Make something special for a friend or family member as a thoughtful gift.
  4. Try out new techniques like intarsia or Fair Isle knitting to add complexity and challenge yourself as an artist and crafter.

No matter how you choose to use your newly joined yarn, it will provide endless possibilities for creativity and joy as you craft beautiful pieces that can be treasured for years to come!


Now you know how to join new yarn in knitting! You should feel proud of having completed this task on your own. It’s a feat that many beginner knitters struggle with, but you’ve managed it with ease.

As the old saying goes, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” With your newfound skills and patience, you can create beautiful pieces that others will admire for years to come.

So, go ahead and pick up those needles – the wonderful world of knitting awaits!

Katherine Pearce
Katherine Pearce
Katherine Pearce is a knitting enthusiast and the founder of With a deep passion for the craft, Katherine aims to make knitting accessible to everyone, regardless of their skill level. Through, she provides online tutorials and resources to help others discover the joys of knitting and develop their skills.

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