Friday, June 29, 2012

~ Tie a secure knot to join new yarn

Hello everyone!

Thank you very much for all your sweet comments on my last post. That's really a great motivation to me!

When making those granny squares for my blanket, I had an idea to make a tutorial on how to tie a secure knot to join new yarn color in a new round. In my beginning days of crochet, I often worked with the new yarn a few stitches, then turned the work and tied the new yarn tail with the old one in the back. I found it quite took time and but still kept working that way until I learned the easy but very effective way to tie a secure knot that I would love to share you in my post today. 

There are so many ways to tie a knot as well as to join new yarn. I found this saves much time especially when you have to change many colors for your work. This may be familiar to many crocheters, but I hope it's helpful to someone who is new to crochet or looking for a better way to tie a knot for joining yarn like I was before.

Okay, let's start. You have finished the first round:
 

Make a slip knot in the new yarn.

Wrap the old yarn over the hook and pull it through the slip knot.

Like this:

Slide the slip knot close to the first stitch.

Tighten the slip knot by holding two ends of the new yarn and pull tightly.

You have made a secure knot and ready to work with new yarn color.

It looks quite long with the detailed photos of demonstration, in fact this happens just within 1/10 second! :) Just keep going with your new yarn and weave all tails later on.

I love working with colors and was so happy to find my favorite way to tie a secure knot. I do the same with knitting too, and other things that need to be tied together...


Thank you for stopping by, I hope you all have a great weekend ahead - it's almost Friday today!!

~ Love and hugs, LS ~

20 comments:

by Teresa said...

Very nice of you to help people learn to make these! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Dinah said...

awesome..thanks for sharing..

Leah said...

I have always wondered what other options there were to do this fiddly task. Thank you so much for making it so easy. Much better than my current way!!!

becktovintage said...

Dear my friend, Thank you very much for sharing the tutorial step by step.. You know as My english is poor, I understand by step by step pictures very well..
And don't worry, I take your nice comments..:)) Thank you very very much..
Happy sunny days..:))

El Olor de Cádiz said...

HOLA LOVESTICH QUERIDA !!!!! (ES ESTE TU NOMBRE ????) QUE BIEN LO EXPLICAS TODO !!!!! ASI CUALQUIERA SE ENTERA BIEN . MUCHOS BESOS, GUAPA.

Mary said...

I am a very new crocheter and this was great for me as I was pulling the new color through the slip stitch and keeping my fingers crossed!

thanx..

Red said...

Great tutorial! Thanks!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Very interesting. I've not seen it done this way before. My joining and finishing is pretty primitive. I can't ever seem to do it properly or professionally like some. Will give this a try. Thanks for sharing! best wishes, Tammy

Kris said...

Hi there! I am so happy you stopped by and visited me at Simplify. I just love Meredith and her blog! I have done a bit of reading here at your blog, and LOVE it. I will be back soon, and have added you to my blog roll and am your newest follower. You have made some beautiful things, and I am eager to follow along.
XO Kris

Mereknits said...

Great advice, I can't wait to give this a try. Love your colors. Have a great weekend,
Meredith

nives said...

they are so cute

Eveline said...

Great! I didn't know this way so thanks!! For my knitting I just found the Russian joint... that works great but not with smooth yarn. So now I know another way of joining yarn. The learning never stops! BTW I love your colour use!

GrannyTaughtMeToCrochet said...

This is a fab way of doing it! For a newby like me I feel that I have finally grasped it! I have always been able to confindently change colour on rows, but not on rounds!

Thank you!

Kate xxx

Mel said...

Thank you! That was very informative. I am going to try it. Oh...how beautiful are all those colorful little circles!

Charlotte said...

Although this works for you, this is not the proper way to join a new color. I was taught that you should not make knots in your work. I join another color by changing in the last part of a stitch. But again, if this works for you, then this is the best way. Just stopped by to say hello. I don't always comment but enjoy your posts. Stay Cool!

Sandy said...

With all the ghans I put together from other's squares, I always tell them not knot and cut, and not to to leave their tails out to tuck in later. Instead of leaving those tails out as your picture shows, crochet them in the stitches as you change yarn colors. It saves HUGE amounts of time, and is truly much more secure. I always suggest several inches of tail, short tails have a way of coming out after lots of use and or in the wash.

I take my new color in left hand, pull it up through the actual stitch I'm working on with the hook, then hold old color down on the stitch and crochet right over it, and or hold both new and old yarn together for 2 or 3 stitches and crochet, then drop old yarn and hold it down to crochet over it. Therefore I can avoid knots most of the time. I say most because if you're square/circle is a lacy one, it's harder to hide those tails and make them secure without a knot. Older patterns and how to books always say the weekest point of knitting and or crocheting is the actual knot. I also think it's a good idea ...again depending on the stitch you're using, to go 2 different directions with your tail if in fact you're using a darning needle after the fact to work it in, that too helps make it secure.

angeliki said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower! I like your blog!
Very good tutorial, that's what I'm doing too!
Have a nice day,
Angeliki

Madeleine said...

Very nice, and it's looking beautiful!

Stella Smith said...

Thanks for Sharing ...
keep sharing more!!!
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LindaS said...

Great tutorial. I'll try this.

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