3 Ways to Join Yarn without Tying a Knot

Tip Tuesday

Today, I’m going to show you my 3 favorite ways for joining a new yarn without tying a knot. These techniques can be used:

  • When you’ve run out of yarn, and want to join a new ball of the same color
  • To change to a new color according to the pattern (although the color change won’t be as clean as with this color change technique)
  • To add new yarns when you’re making a scrappy project- great for leftovers!

Russian Join

The Russian Join allows you to connect all of your yarns before you begin crocheting. You’ll want to check out this tutorial for a full how-to.

how to russian join yarn

This technique is great if you have a lot of small pieces of yarn. You can join them in advance and then just keep crocheting! The result in joining up little pieces is a fabulous magic ball!

magic ball

‘Double Up’ Join

This is the technique I usually use when crocheting. You basically crochet a stitch or two with both your old and new yarns, and it’s very secure and quick. Visit this blog post for details!

join with no knot

The disadvantage is that those couple of stitches are a little thicker (due to the 2 yarns), but that doesn’t bother me much!

Spit Splice

This technique is the cleanest, but only works for wool yarns. And yes, you use spit! Read the full tutorial here.

This can be done either in advance or while you’re crocheting.

Which is your favorite?

Or do you prefer to tie a knot? It’s okay!

If you’re going to tie a knot, I recommend the following:

  • Tie the knot as you go, not in advance with the yarns
  • Start crocheting with your new yarn, then tie the knot after you’ve done a few stitches

These two tips help you to position the knot in the most discreet way!

21 COMMENTS

  1. Diane SAYS...

    Hi Stacy,
    I’m with you– I join the two yarns and crochet. It is thicker,but only I know it.

    I am working on Kebler–he is so cute.
    Love your work and patterns

  2. Doug SAYS...

    Two at once! Never occurred to me. I usually do the “pick up the new yarn when drawing through the last two loops”, leave long tails and weave them in. Sometime I’ll work over the old yarn to save the hassle of weaving in.

    I’m very curious about the Double Up Join in terms of can you trim right at the join or do you still need to weave ends in?

    • With the Double up, you will still need to weave in ends. I suppose that if you doubled up for several stitches, you could snip close, but I think it’s much neater to weave in ends. Otherwise, you might snip and then a little 1/4 inch might come undone and look a little pesky 🙂

  3. Kaytech59 SAYS...

    I use the Russian join when crocheting . I find that I can join yarn ahead nof tiime and it’s a smooth transition. When working in cotton, the Russian join is much better than doubling up. The joins are very visible and too thick. I’m making wash clothes and other kitchen items to be used as game gifts at my daughter’s bridal shower. The #4 cotton, in some brands, is too thick to double. It’s fine for #3 and cotton blends, but, I’m not using that type of yarn. Also, a few skiens of cotton, came with many knotsbecause it was pieced together. I Russian join them and you would never know the skien wasn pieced together!
    I’m new to this site,( second email) and have alreeady used or passed on ideas I learned . Thank you so much!! I’ve passed you site on to a few friends.

    • Thank you so much for your feedback and details. You’re totally right- the method that you use will depend a lot on the type of yarn that you’re using.
      So happy you found me… welcome! 🙂

  4. I either use the double join or lately the Magic Knot. Working well for me so far and no ends to weave in.

  5. Amy SAYS...

    I like the braided join better than the russian join even though it is a bit more of a pain. It also doesn’t work quite as well if you joining different colors.
    I frequently use double up when crocheting but haven’t found it to work well for knitting. I usually end up tying knots for knitting. Is there a quick easy join like the double up that works well when knitting?

  6. Janet SAYS...

    Re: double join technique. Do you join yarns similar to changing yarns on a single crochet, but then picking up the tail of the old colour crocheting it in for a few stitches? Not clear on your technique. Do you have a video showing it?

  7. MJ462 SAYS...

    Hi Stacey! I want to do this for knitting; I’m making a blanket. I’m using bulky yarn, so I’d have to use the Russian join. For the future and for my blanket, will any of these work on knitted projects? Thank you!

      • MJ462 SAYS...

        Thank you very much! Would any of these work for knitting?

          • Ingie SAYS...

            Any join will work for either crochet or knitting. I recently learned of the “mango join” and have been primarily using it. Done correctly, it’s a very strong join.

            This video is the only one I could find on how to do it. I will say, though, I try to run my needle in the center of the yarn rather than weaving it in and out, but I mostly work with wool yarns only. For yarns that don’t have clear plies, weaving in and out would most likely be the only option.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD-5s6HuSYM

          • Thanks! I’ll look into that option!

    • Thank you! I’ll look into that one!

  8. Linda Quick SAYS...

    Working with wool – spit splice – love it!

  9. Virginia SAYS...

    The mango is one I’m going to try.
    I like the others
    The braided join is not an easy one

  10. Brenda Bryant SAYS...

    My favorite way to join yarn is to overlap the two ends, holding both threads, untwist a couple of inches at a time… then re twist together. A variation of the ‘spit’. Some yarns will not ‘felt’ but if twisted enough for 6-7 stitches will hold just as well. Even works great for cotton and acrylic yarns.

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