Saturday, April 7, 2012

Why Knot?

We get a lot of questions on how to join a new skein of yarn and the answer varies depending on the project and the yarn. As a general rule we don't suggest tying knots, but there are times that a knot can and should be used (think of those slippery yarns like Cascade's Ultra Pima).

Knots are, in general, frowned upon and this is understandable because they frequently result in an unsightly or uncomfortable bump in the finished fabric. The solution... the square knot!  It secures your ends and naturally lies flat against your fabric, so it's not just any run-of-the-mill knot. 

If you must tie a knot, the square knot is a great option. 

Sound intriguing? Let’s show you how it's done!

We are using 2 different colored yarns to illustrate the process. The red yarn is Yarn A and the yellow is Yarn B. We have short tails for illustration purposes - make sure that you leave ends long enough to weave in later. 

Step 1: With Yarn A in your right hand and Yarn B in your left hand, cross A over B to make an X.
Step 1

Step 2: Bring A under and over B to the right. The end of A is now on the right and B is on the left.
Step 2

Step 3: Make another X by crossing A over B.
Step 3

Step 4: Bring A under and over B to the left. The end of A has returned to the left and B has returned to the right.  Notice that both ends of A are exiting together and the same with B - this is how you know you've tied the knot correctly.
Step 4

Step 5: Tighten your knot taking notice of how flat it is and the tails are pointing in opposite directions ready to weave in.
Step 5

Remember, a square knot is a knot, so try to tighten it up where you want it to be (most likely hidden on the back of your project).  If you do need to adjust the position later, with a little effort it can be undone and retied.  

Happy Knitting!

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