Joining Yarn

As you knit it is a natural progression that you will have to change to a new ball of yarn as the old one finishes. How you do this is an important aspect of your finished garment. You should always plan to join in a new ball of yarn at the start of a row. Here we show you how to do just that!


As you are knitting it’s easy to misjudge the distance to the end of your ball of yarn and suddenly find that you’ve run out of yarn in the middle of a row. Don’t be tempted to join a new ball at this point; it is always worth unpicking the row stitch by stitch and joining the yarn in at the side edge.

Step 1


Work the last full row possible from the old ball of yarn. Trim the end to approximately 10cm. Knit the first stitch using the new yarn, keeping the tension on the yarn with the right hand.

Step 2


Knit to the end of the row as normal using the
new yarn.

Step 3


Turn the work over. Gently pull up the two loose ends and secure with a reef knot, starting by taking the old yarn over and under the new yarn and drawing up the knot.

Step 4


Now pass the yarn on the left over and under the yarn on the right and draw up gently to complete the knot. Do not trim the ends.

Step 5


Continue knitting with the knot fitted snugly up to the first stitch. Once you have finished knitting the item you can stitch in all the ends of yarn by threading them onto a blunt-ended needle and darning them into the side edge.

Step 6


Join in a colour as if you were joining in a new yarn (steps 1-3/4 above), knotting the two colours together, but do not cut off the ends – keep two balls of yarn on the go.

Step 7


Work the required number of rows in the second colour. Leave the second colour end (blue) loose and draw up the first colour yarn (white). Work the first few stitches in the first colour (white). Then draw up the blue yarn by hand under the first white stitch to give a neater edge.

Step 8


Work the required number of rows, then revert to
using the second colour – blue – as in step 2 – floating the colour up the side and drawing up the yarn as before.