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Knitting Tutorial: How to Join a New Skein of Yarn

By: M. E. Harrington, contributor for AllFreeKnitting

There are several reasons for needing to add another yarn: You may have run out of yarn, your project may require a change in color, or your project may require a change in color in the middle of a row.  Adding new yarn might sound scary, but there's no need to panic!  Use this knitting tutorial to guide you through the process.


Knitting Tutorial: How to Join a New Skein of Yarn


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  1. To add another yarn at the end of a row.  Simply drop the old yarn end, and begin the row with a new yarn.  Later, you will weave the yarn ends into the finished work with a yarn needle.



  1. To add yarn in the center of a row, for the first row, simply drop the yarn you were working with, and begin working with the other yarn.  Tie the two yarns together at the back of your work, in a square knot.  When your project is finished, weave the yarn ends into the finished work with a yarn needle.


  2. For subsequent rows, when the colors meet, twist the colors around once before changing yarns. This connects the two colors so there won’t be an open hole at the Junction of the two colors. 

  3. The photos below show how your work will look from the front and from the back.  Note the twist of the two colors at the back of the work, in the second photo.

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a straightforward clearly written and clearly illustrated explanation who could ask for more? Shall certainly refer new knitters among my friends to this page

i always wondered how to add a new colour to the knitting lines. The picture along with instructions is superb, so clear to understand and work with. thanks


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