The Incredible Halt: “Knot in my skein!”

Sooner or later, crocheters would experience this awful interruption.

Yes! I’m talking about that awful surprise that jumps out at you when you’re just happily weaving your hook back and forth: “yarn over, draw loops up, draw loops through”.

Suddenly this feeling overcomes you.

“WHAT IS THIS HORROR!” You look down, and there it is…..

The Incredible Halt

You drop your pattern while letting your hook fall to the ground.

yarnknot

You might even go as far as hunting down your cell phone, and swear to capture this obscene image. “Shame on you, yarn knot! I MUST share it with my friends. No, that’s not enough. I must spread this image on social media with a “BULLSH*T” hashtag!”

If only we have magical spinning wheels fed with endless supplies of fibres….Truth be told, no matter what brand of yarn it is, fibres do get  ripped, broken, or disconnected while spinning.

What now?

imagesLike dealing with The Hulk: You know he’s going to be causing a grief every time you see him. You know that somehow, some day, he’s going to come back and haunt you.  So all you need to do is to cut him loose and hope that he won’t be returning any time too soon.

Enough puns and analogies. What I’m trying to say is that as long as you’re going to be working with yarn, you will have to deal with the inevitable knots. Just take a deep breath, and cut the knot.

Fine! I’ll cut the knot, but I hate Having To Reconnect the yarn and weave in the ends

There are actually quite a few ways you can join the two pieces of yarn without weaving in the ends. Because there are so many great resources out there, I’m not going to make another tutorial on the joining methods. Instead, I will link you to two of my favourite ways to join yarn.

1) Russian Join

This method is by far one of my favourite. You simply weave the two strands together with a tapestry needle. Although the joins becomes slightly thicker, I find that it doesn’t affect too much of my work. It’s mostly invisible too! Click on the picture below to Lion Brand’s website for full instructions.

2) Felted Join / “Split & Splice”

This method works extremely well for really fuzzy wool. Do keep in mind that this type of join can only work on feltable materials (aka non-superwash animal fibres). Visit Craftsy’s blog for more detail on how to split and splice.

There are always additional methods to join yarn–such as the old fashion slip stitch/weave in the ends, or the “magic knot” method which ends up with a slightly smaller bump than your average bad surprise yarn. Frankly after learning Russian Join and Felted Join, I haven’t felt the urge to do “magic knots”.

Got an idea or suggestion? Feel free to leave a comment. Maybe I can learn another awesome method to join yarn ends!

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One thought on “The Incredible Halt: “Knot in my skein!”

  1. makedovintage says:

    Wonderful! I’ve heard of the Plaited join. I use all my scrap ends of about 5-20 inches and make a new magic ball with the knot method. Wonderful random colours! I have a couple of pics. When I’m doing a bigger project that “knot” is very annoying though x

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