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Chris 11-29-2004 06:16 PM

joining yarn
Hi Amy..and gang,
I saw the video for your technique on joining new yarn. I see it says wool only....would this work on my 25% wool 75% acrylic encore yarn??
I am knitting a hat.....I cant get pix uploaded, I need my hubby to figure it out, but I will show you soon

amy 11-29-2004 10:23 PM

Hi Chris,

I don't know, but you can find out by trying it out on two sample pieces. I'm curious. Let me know if you can get 25% wool to felt!


Chris 11-29-2004 10:48 PM

I will let you know about 1 more inch hee hee

Chris 12-02-2004 02:38 PM

Just an update...I did not like the way the acrylic yarn felted.....with one caveat...I have never felted yarn before. So maybe I just need practice.
I changed the ol' fashioned way and it worked fine....
Thanks again Amy.
If my hubby ever fixes my disc drive I will send on a photo

Marnie 12-02-2004 04:11 PM

Russian Join
For non-wool yarns, I think this is the best joining technique
I've used it on almost every type of yarn. For thicker yarn, I split the plies so I'm only joining half the thickness. For thinner or novely yarns I just work the join as described.

Chris 12-02-2004 08:23 PM

thanks marnie...i will give that a try!!!

amy 12-03-2004 01:46 AM

That looks like a very neat method! Is there any trick to keeping the join from appearing in the middle of the stitch? Or is the potential imperfection just accepted as a part of the method (like my other favorite joining method, the felting method).


Marnie 12-03-2004 03:53 AM

For any of the methods, if you are joining different color yarn, you can knit to the point where the transition happens and mark that point with a thread (use a sewing needle to actually split the yarn at that point with the thread so it doesn't come out) then, undo a few stitches and work any join so that the transition happens at that exact point.

Both your method and mine are great for joinging a new ball of the same yarn to itself, for that, spliting the ply in half will ensure the thickness stays the same. :D

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