Joining #3 – the Russian join

In this final post on joins, I thought I’d mention a technique that is particularly good for (though not limited to) knitting yarns. It joins two strands of yarn together without using a knot!

The Russian join involves using a needle to poke the end of your yarn, back down the length of the strand leaving a loop at the top. You then pass the other strand of yarn through the loop and tuck that end down its strand using a needle. Clear as mud? Yes it’s definitely one for pictures and the best instructions I’ve found were these.

The only downside of this method is you are doubling the yarn back on itself which creates a greater thickness, but it makes a lovely neat join that you can then position in the weaving as preferred.

Image of a russian join


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