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March 2017

In need of a join

I get regular requests to make a video showing the Twist-and-Weave color change technique, and this month I finally got round to it. There are two versions: one for knitters who hold the yarn in their right hand, and another for those who hold the yarn in their left hand.

It got me thinking about how I keep coming across different methods of joining yarn in knitting, and each time I wonder how many more can possibly be out there. And maybe I'm missing out on the perfect method just because I haven't looked for it?

So I've trawled the knitternet, tried all the methods I found and assembled them into a Compendium of Yarn Joins. You can apply filters ("Suitable for a color change", "Without knots" etc) and I've added some notes on when you might use each method.

See the Compendium of Yarn Joins >


Newly-published books

200 Fun Things to Crochet
Decorative Flowers, Leaves, Bugs, Butterflies, and More!

By Lesley Stanfield, Betty Barnden, Jessica Polka, Kristin Nicholas
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Simple Chic Crochet
35 stylish patterns to crochet in no time

By Susan Ritchie, Karen Miller
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Great Tunisian Crochet Projects
20 Colorful Patterns for Scarves, Afghans, Bags and More

By Kristel Salgarollo
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Garter Stitch Revival
20 Creative Knitting Patterns Featuring the Simplest Stitch

By Interweave Editors
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Knit Me, Dress Me, Love Me
Cute knitted animals and their mini-me toys, with keepsake outfits to knit and sew

By Sue Stratford
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Knitting Details, Start to Finish
A Handbook of Simple Tricks, Creative Solutions, and Finishing Techniques

By Ulla Engquist
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The Cable Knitter's Guide
50 Patterns, 25 Projects, Countless Tips and Ideas

By Denise Samson
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200 Fun Things to Knit
Decorative Flowers, Leaves, Bugs, Butterflies, and More!

By Jessica Polka, Kristin Nicholas, Lesley Stanfield
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The Knit Generation
15 Great Patterns by 8 Hot Designers

By Sarah Hatton (Editor)
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Designing a Knitwear Collection
From Inspiration to Finished Garments

By Lisa Donofrio-Ferrezza, Marilyn Hefferen
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Simple Chic Crochet
35 Stylish Patterns to Crochet in No Time

By Susan Ritchie, Karen Miller
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Knit Blankets and Throws with Mademoiselle Sophie
By Mlle Sophie
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Bath Knits
30 Projects Made to Pamper

By Mary Beth Temple
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Cashmere
A Guide to Scottish Luxury

By Lynne McCrossan
View on Amazon >

Knitting Socks for Beginners
Quick and Easy Way to Master Sock Knitting in 3 Days

By Emma Brown
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The Titus Vintage Collection
12 pattern's in Baa Ram Ewe's Titus yarn.

By Alison Moreton
View on Baa Ram Ewe >


New and discontinued yarns

New yarn Dragonfly Fibers - Dharma

New yarn —Dragonfly Fibers - Dharma—Image © Dragonfly Fibers

New

Adriafil
Buacaneve – Worsted – 100% Merino Superwash Wool – S on S plied – Solid colors

Austermann
Bio Cotton – Sport – 100% Organic Cotton – Plied – Solid colors, Self-striping
Cardis – Worsted – 100% Cotton – Plied – Tonal colors

Bergère de France
Coton Satiné – Worsted – 100% Mercerized Cotton – Crepe – Solid colors

Classic Elite Yarns
Hanako – Worsted – 50% Cotton, 50% Linen – Crepe – Solid colors
Mika – DK – 100% Organic Cotton – Single wrapped with thread – Solid colors

Dragonfly Fibers
Dharma – Light Fingering – 50% Yak, 50% Mulberry Silk – Plied – Solid colors, Tonal colors, Multicolored

Ella Rae
Sun Kissed – DK – 100% Cotton – S on S plied – Tonal colors

Fyberspates
Stolen Stitches Nua – Sport – 60% Merino Wool, 20% Yak, 20% Linen – Tweedy – Tweed colors

GGH
Malibu – Worsted – 60% Cotton, 40% Acrylic – S on S plied – Solid colors

Gründl
Arktis – Bulky – 70% Polyester, 30% Nylon – Faux fur – Semi-solid colors
Classico – DK – 50% Merino Superwash Wool, 50% Acrylic – Plied – Solid colors
Island – Bulky – 61% Acrylic, 24% Nylon, 15% Superwash Wool – 2 plies – Solid colors, Marls
Nizza – Sport – 100% Cotton – Plied – Semi-solid colors

Just Yarn
Aran Wool – Aran – 100% Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors

Katia
Paint – Aran – 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool – Plied – Gradient

Knitting Fever
Painted Mist – Sport – 58% Modal, 34% Acrylic, 8% Wool – Fiber-filled net – Self-striping

Lana Grossa
Only Cotton – Aran – 100% Cotton – Knitted tube – Solid colors

Noro
Kagayaki – Bulky – 40% Wool, 24% Cotton, 18% Viscose, 18% Silk – Tweedy – Self-striping (gradient)

Phildar
Phil Cakes – DK – 80% Acrylic, 20% Superwash Wool – Plied – Self-striping (long)

Premier Yarns
Isaac Mizrahi Craft Sutton – Super Bulky – 85% Acrylic, 15% Superwash Wool – Thick and thin – Self-striping (gradient)

Purl Soho
Shepherdess Alpaca – Super Bulky – 100% Alpaca – Single ply – Undyed marls

Queensland Collection
United – Sport – 55% Superwash Wool, 45% Cotton – Plied – Semi-solid colors

Rowan
Breezed – Heavy Worsted – 80% Cotton, 20% Linen – Tweedy – Solid colors
Stone Washed – Heavy Worsted – 100% Cotton – Tape – Semi-solid colors

Sandnes Garn
Tynn Line – Fingering – 53% Cotton, 33% Viscose, 14% Linen – Crepe – Solid colors

Scheepjes
Whirl – Sport – 60% Cotton, 40% Acrylic – Plied – Gradient

Stacy Charles Fine Yarns
Ariana – Bulky – 100% Linen – Tape – Solid colors
Lia – Aran – 41% Cotton, 32% Nylon, 27% Linen – Chained – Semi-solid colors

Stylecraft
Classique Cotton 4-ply – Fingering – 100% Cotton – Plied – Solid colors
Mystique – Super Bulky – 70% Polyester, 30% Viscose – Ribbon – Semi-solid colors

Sunshine Yarns
Cashmere Chunky – Bulky – 100% Cashmere – S on S plied – Solid colors, Tonal colors
Haven DK – DK – 60% Merino Wool, 20% Silk, 20% Yak – Plied – Solid colors, Tonal colors

Tahki Stacy Charles
Catalina – Heavy Worsted – 100% Mercerized Cotton – Tape – Solid colors
Skinny Jeans – Aran – 70% Cotton, 30% Nylon – Ribbon – Semi-solid colors

Discontinued

Berroco
Linus – Worsted – 50% Acrylic, 20% Linen, 18% Nylon, 12% Rayon – Loopy tape

Cascade Yarns
Rabat – Bulky – 50% Wool, 30% Acrylic, 20% Silk – Single ply – Self-striping (gradient)
Venezia Glamour – Bulky – 65% Merino Wool, 30% Mulberry Silk, 5% Metallic – Crepe – Solid colors with metallic thread

Fyberspates
Scrumptious DK – Aran – 55% Merino Wool, 45% Silk – Single ply

Lang Yarns
Alberta – Heavy Worsted – 40% Superwash Wool, 30% Viscose, 20% Nylon, 10% Cashmere – S on S plied – Solid colors

Queensland Collection
Superstar – Heavy Worsted – 63% Polyester, 15% Acrylic, 11% Wool, 11% Nylon – Sequinned – Semi-solid colors with sequins

Robin
Candyfloss – Super Bulky – 100% Acrylic – Single wrapped with thread – Multi-colored
FX Aran – Aran – 25% Superwash Wool, 75% Acrylic – Tweedy
FX Chunky – Bulky – 100% Acrylic – Tweedy
FX DK – DK – 100% Acrylic – Tweedy

Tahki Stacy Charles
Laguna – Aran – 78% Linen, 22% Cotton – Loosely plied – Semi-solid colors
Monet – Heavy Worsted – 52% Cotton, 40% Acrylic, 8% Nylon – Plied – Multicolored
Sherpa – Bulky – 48% Wool, 46% Alpaca, 6% Nylon – Fuzzy – Undyed

Universal Yarn
Alana – Aran – 58% Viscose, 42% Polyester – Tape – Multicolored
Ariana – Bulky – 63% Bamboo Viscose, 37% Nylon – Tape – Solid colors

Valley Yarns
Longmeadow – DK – 60% Cotton, 40% Microfiber – S on S plied – Solid colors

Wendy
Mode Chunky – Bulky – 50% Acrylic, 50% Merino Superwash Wool – Plied


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