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Russian Join

One of the most irksome parts of knitting is attaching a new skein of yarn after finishing the first.  This is especially true for me since I do so much knitting in the round.  I rarely have a seam I can hide a tail in.  Then the clouds parted, the gloom lifted, and yarn join nirvana descended from the heavens.  I was in love.

I can only guess that the Russian Join originated if not in Russia, then at least someplace in Eastern Europe (a quick Google search failed to elucidate me).  That could explain why this Polish girl gravitates towards it.  In truth though, everyone should add this simple technique to their repertoire as it offers a near invisible  yarn join for so many different types of yarn.  In the example below, I’ve used two different colors of cotton yarn for visual clarity.  Other than that, the only tools you need are a yarn darning needle and a pair of scissors.

Thread the first yarn through your needle. Cross the tails of the two skeins of yarn you are joining.
Loop the first yarn back over itself, capturing the other yarn. Thread the needle through the center of the yarn for about 3".
Pull the tail of the yarn, tightening the loop snugly down against the other strand.
Repeat the same steps with the other yarn tail.
Trim off any excess tails.
And there you have it.

4 thoughts on “Russian Join

  1. I had just heard about this a couple of days ago & was wondering what it was; like magic, a link to this page was included on the cabled baby bunting pattern I purchased from your etsy shop. Win-win for me!

  2. So glad to see you here, Robin! The Russian Join is a great trick. I was beside myself with joy when I first discovered it.

  3. I appreciate very much having this method of joining yarn ends. I love it. The pictures made it so easy. Thank you.

  4. It is a neat little trick, isn’t it? I’m glad it’s helped.

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