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  • No Ends to Weave In! Join Wool Seamlessly with the Felted Join!

    Whether you call it the Felted Join or the Spit Splice, this way of adding on a new ball of wool is perfect when you want to avoid having to weave in ends.

    A few drops of water help wool fibers bind together -- the result is seamless! Please note that this method is for wool yarn only! If you are interested in an invisible join for other types of yarn, check out our Russian Join tutorial.

    Take a look at how we've done it:

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  • The Best Ways to Join Yarn for Knit and Crochet

    Fair Isle Capelet
    These tips will come in especially handy when doing a stranded knitting project like this Fair Isle Capelet! You can see the pattern here.

    Once in a while I will search the social media universe to find out what yarncrafting techniques our customers could use help with. During my search I came across this suggestion on Twitter:

    Kelly Black @ShortysSutures: Best ways to join yarn when knitting would be helpful. I don't use a lot of wool, felted join is my fave but not always an option.

    I thought this would be a great idea for a blog post and wanted to include tips for crocheters as well. My personal preference when joining yarn for knit and crochet is just to pick up the new strand if yarn. I like to do it this way because I don't have to wait until I get to the end of a row and it's optimal for when I am working in the round. Now the question is, "What do I do with those yarn tails and how do I keep my tension even?". Well there are a couple tricks:
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  • How to Do a Felted Join on Yarn Ends

    Let's face it: weaving in ends is not nearly as fun as crocheting or knitting. My favorite way to avoid weaving in ends is the felted join. Also affectionately dubbed the spit splice, this method is the perfect way to add join a new skein to your work. Keep in mind that this will only work on feltable fibers like non-superwash wool, alpaca, mohair, and so on. Here are step-by-step instructions on this fast and easy technique. I used 2 different colors so that you can better see the technique, but this works brilliantly for attaching the same color yarn practically invisibly.
    Felted Join Tutorial
    Step 1: Carefully untwist your yarn for a few inches and separate the half of the plies. This Fishermen's Wool has 4 total plies, so I've divided my yarn into 2 sets of 2 plies each. 2-ply yarn would be separated into 2 sets of 1 ply each, 6-ply yarn would be 2 sets of 3 plies each, and so on.
    Step 2: Take one set of your plies. A few inches down (4-5 inches, just to be safe), break these plies. Now you'll have a set of longer plies and a set of shorter plies.
    Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 on the yarn you'll be joining.
    Step 4: Lay the long sets of plies next to each other. This will be the transition section of your yarn. Because each long piece of yarn only has half the plies, you'll end up with roughly the correct thickness in your join.
    Step 5: Get your yarn wet. You can dip it in water, mist with some water, add some saliva -- just get it wet. Remember, felting simply requires heat, humidity, and agitation.
    Step 6: Let's felt! Rub the yarns together in your hands briskly. Continue for a few minutes until the fibers have locked together. You may need to add some more water if your yarn isn't wet enough.
    Step 7: Give both sides of the yarn a gentle tug. If they're firmly locked, congratulations! You've made a felted join! If not, just continue the felting process until the yarn is secure.

    Now you'll have an easy and secure join in your yarn, so you can continue crafting with having to weave in ends.

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