How to join yarn in crochet: No knots needed!

Posted by on August 22, 2014, in crochet & knitting, ,

Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

How to join yarn in crochet

Even if you haven’t graduated to multiple colors in crochet patterns, inevitably you’ll run out of yarn and need to know how to introduce a new skein. The mistake most beginners make is to simply tie a knot and keep stitching. The trouble with that approach is that the knots can show or come untied.

Instead, try a knotless method from The Essential Book of Crochet Techniques for a flawless transition.

Joining yarn with two loops

From The Essential Book of Crochet Techniques by Nancie M. Wiseman

Insert the hook into the appropriate stitch, work the stitch until there are 2 loops on the hook, yarn over hook with the new yarn, and pull through both loops. Proceed in the stitch pattern with the new yarn. Weave in the ends now or when the project is completed.

Joining yarn in crochet

The Essential Book of Crochet TechniquesCheck out The Essential Book of Crochet Techniques for 2 more ways to join yarn in crochet: joining yarn with one loop and joining yarn while weaving in the ends as you go.

What’s one crochet technique you’d like to learn? Tell us in the comments!

12 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I would like to know how to make crochet cables, like they have on knitted sweaters.

    —Quilting Tangent on August 22, 2014
  • I’d like to learn how to adapt a pattern so I can use a different yarn than the the one the pattern uses.

    —Amy Cofer on August 22, 2014
  • How many stitches before the end of the row do you introduce the new color which is beginning on the next row?

    —Rebecca on August 22, 2014
  • I would like to learn how to weave in ends without them being obvious or just pulling out, especially on a loose pattern.

    —Geri Running on August 22, 2014
  • Rebecca, to answer your question about when to introduce the new color.. wait until the last stitch in the row. Change colors on that stitch so the new color is ready to use in the next row.

    Thanks so much for your answer, Nancie!

    —Nancie Wiseman on August 22, 2014
  • How to finish the edge and put two seams together.

    —Linda Christianson on August 22, 2014
  • I can’t answer that here.. it’s a bit complicated without the pictures that are in the book.. It is all clearly spelled out in the book and it is available as an ebook or a book you can hold in your hands.. sorry I can’t help you more than that here.. Nancie

    —Nancie Wiseman on August 22, 2014
  • to answer the question about weaving in ends.. it is best to use a sharp tapestry needle not a yarn needle and working back and forth in and out of the stitches on the wrong side of the work for about an inch weave in the tail. Changing directions help.. don’t go in a straight line. If you are using cotton weave the end in for a longer distance. Don’t go over and over the stitches but weave in and out like a snake.. Nancie

    —Nancie Wiseman on August 22, 2014
  • I would love to learn how to do cross stich over Tunisian fabric. There are some lovely patterns for afghan panels using this technique, but I have not yet gotten up the courage to try it on my own.

    —Lynne on August 22, 2014
  • Dear Quilting Tangent: There are several stitch pattern books. Search for "crochet cables". Of course, there are also many crochet cable patterns out there – my personal favorite was a winter hat.

    —Lynne on August 22, 2014
  • Hi, Geri-

    Weaving in ends has some tricks:
    * Weave ends under the same color yarn, to keep it from showing.
    * Weave ends on back side of fabric, so small tag ends will not show.
    * Weave under 6 stitches, skip one and weave back through the other 5 stitches. This "locks" the end in place. (Similar to stay-stitching on a sewing machine.)
    * On loose crochet fabrics, be careful not to pull the yarn ends too tight. They should have the same stretch as the fabric.

    Hope this helps.

    —Lynne on August 22, 2014
  • I love to crochet but cannot read the patterns

    —Jan Weatherley on August 25, 2014

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