How to Add New Yarn When Knitting

    by Kathryn Hatter

    About the Author

    Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.


    Whether you are changing colors, or run out of yarn and must start a new skein, it is occasionally necessary to add new yarn when knitting a project. Where you add the new yarn depends upon what you are knitting. This technique conceals the tails of both the new and old yarn, and is not difficult. You can keep knitting your project almost without missing a beat.

    Things You'll Need

    • Knitting project
    • Knitting needles
    • New yarn ball
    • Yarn needle
    • Scissors

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    Make the transition between the old yarn and the new yarn at an edge or side seam unless your knitting project will have exposed edges (such as a scarf). In this case, make the transition approximately three stitches in from the edge. Leave yarn tails with both the old and new yarn of at least 6 inches long.

    Hold the old and new yarns together as if they are one strand. Knit one stitch using both strands together.

    Release the tails of each yarn and continue knitting your stitches using the new yarn only.

    Continue knitting through this row and start knitting the next row. When you come to the point where you made the transition between old and new yarns, pull the tails gently to slightly tighten the knitting stitches.

    Weave the old and new yarn tails into your knitting stitches to conceal them after you finish your knitting project. Thread the yarn needle with the old yarn tail and insert the yarn needle in and out of the knitting stitches for approximately 3 inches. Trim off the excess yarn at this point. Repeat with the new yarn tail.

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