Care to Join Me? (90 minutes) (advanced beginner)

Class Description

The end of the skein. Changing to a new color. A knot or a thin spot in the yarn. You can’t avoid it – at some point you’ll have to join a new strand of yarn to your knitting. What’s the best way to do that? How do you avoid join-related issues, like knots, bumps, jogs, or twisted stitches? What works best for different projects, like stockinette, cables, or Fair Isle? Practice a variety of joins, then compare and contrast the effects and discuss the pros and cons of each. Weaving in ends will be mentioned in passing, but is not the main focus of this class. Join the ranks of smarter, more confident knitters, with Sarah as your guide!

Techniques to be covered:

  • Spit splicing
  • Needle splicing
  • Tying knots
  • Trapping yarns
  • Working a single stitch with two strands
  • Working multiple stitches with two strands
  • Russian join
  • Weaver’s knot
  • Advantages and disadvantages of each technique
  • Where and when to join yarns
  • Applications for color knitting (stripes, intarsia, Fair Isle)

Supplies needed

  • 50 gm smooth, light colored, worsted weight, 100% wool yarn (not superwash)
  • 25 gm smooth, contrasting colored, worsted weight, 100% wool yarn (not superwash)
  • US 7 (4.5 mm) double-pointed needles
  • Blunt darning needle
  • Sharp darning needle
  • Safety pins
  • Scissors