Useful Tips

How to replace a thread


The simplest and most effective ways to attach a new thread when knitting is an invisible knotless connection.

The first way - we knit the tips. We add the thread from the product and from the ball to the lap and knit 3-4 loops with a double thread, then we continue to knit with one thread, already from a new ball. In the English-speaking Internet, this method is called Overlap join (Joining by overlap). You can see photos of how this method looks in the finished product here. And for those who prefer video - Knit-in Join video clip.

This is the easiest and fastest way, but due to the fact that the ends of the yarn remain outside, it is not very suitable for double-sided products (scarves, stoles).

Method Two - Felted Join. Unwind a few centimeters of the ending thread and a new one, cut it off (just cut it off, not cut it), and then roll them together, making them one whole. It seems like in felting from scraps of yarn they get something homogeneous, for this they got their name. Watch the video master class at the link.

The third way - Russian Join. Nice name, isn't it? We cross the threads and thread the tips with a needle deep into the threads. See the master class in pictures here. Or for video enthusiasts - a video workshop from Garnsudio Drops Design is here.

It is better to introduce a new thread into knitting at the beginning of a row, so it will be easier to thread the ends of the threads into the seam. Tricks on how to calculate if there is enough thread from the ending tangle to knit a number, read on the website

Other tips and tricks for knitting and crocheting can be found in the Encyclopedia of Crochet and Knitting on Handmade Runet.

Change of thread at the end of a row

In the last loop of the row we do not knit a crochet, i.e. we knit it until 2 loops remain on the hook.

Pick up a thread of a new color

and we knit the remaining 2 loops with it.

Next, we knit a new color with 3 vp.p. for the next row,

we turn the fabric and continue to knit the next row

Thread change in the middle of a row

During knitting various dense patterns, sometimes you have to change the thread in the middle of the row.

Similarly, we knit a crocheted column until the last step, until 2 loops remain on the hook.

Pick up a thread of a different color

and we knit these 2 loops

Next, continue knitting with a thread of a different color.

This way you avoid crocheting color shift.

When knitting jacquard patterns, a non-working thread is usually stretched along a row, at a distance of 3-4 loops, and after replacing the colors, the working and unused thread is simply interchanged.

We knit a crocheted column with a green thread until the last step, until 2 loops remain on the hook.

Pick up the orange thread

and knit her 2 loops

(we place the green color along the row), insert the hook into the loop, grab the thread

and pull out a new loop (as you see, the green thread should be inside the columns),

we knit a crochet column and

continue knitting, changing the colors of the thread according to your drawing

In this case, the wrong side will look very neat

If the sections are longer, then you should choose whether to pull the thread along the row or knit from a separate ball. It all depends on how you prefer. In the case when the thread is torn off, the end of the thread is hidden, positioning it along a row, as shown above or fixed from the wrong side in another way, which we will talk about a little later.

There are situations when a thread of a dark color, which is located inside the tables of a light color appears through, then it is better to take the thread from a separate ball.

Knitting flat pattern with white and black pattern

Before you start knitting a flat pattern, find out how to correctly knit a half-crochet without a crochet.

The product is knitted according to the scheme “4 white single crochet”, 5-6 black single crochet ”. When knitting, remember that in the last loops of the previous column, the color changes. This happens as follows. First, three white columns are knitted, the 4th is knitted from the loop (while there should be 2 loops on the hook), the black thread is picked up by the hook. The 2 loops remaining on the hook are tied with black thread. Thus, the black thread stretches immediately through 2 loops.

After this, you need to knit 5-6 black loops and repeat the same steps as with the 4th white. After the row of the canvas is connected, you can see that there will be no color shift with this knitting, because the last loops will be the “tops” of the next ones (for example, the 4th in relation to the 5th).

Fastening the ends of the thread

With a frequent change of thread when crocheting in multi-color patterns when crocheting, the question often arises of how best to fix the ends of the threads. The easiest way is to fix the threads on the wrong side of the product.

At the same time, most knitters do not tie the ends of colored threads to each other at all. When there is a need for a new color, the thread is simply crocheted. Hold the short end of the yarn with your finger and lay it along an already knitted row, i.e., knit it into the fabric itself. This method allows you to make the wrong side of the product more professionally, avoiding unnecessary nodules and tubercles.

Although the method of knitting the ends of the thread is not suitable for every yarn. If the threads are very slippery, it is better to use knots so that the tips do not accidentally pop out. In the case when the product is knitted from wool, bulk cotton, wool or acrylic, you can use any method of fastening the ends. If the tips get involved, they can be cauterized or glued.

Alternating work and unused threads

In the process of knitting, knitters are faced with the fact that in the process of knitting one of the threads is not used. So that she does not sag, she must also be hidden. For this, the same method is used as the one used to fix the ends of the threads. The "resting" thread is laid along the row, which is now tied. New posts are made around this thread. If necessary, the threads change.

Knitting crochet jacquards

With jacquard knitting, one or more balls can be used. It all depends on the preference of the knitter. Many prefer to use new tangles so that a thread of a different color does not shine through. In addition, if the thread is pulled through the product, the fabric becomes more dense. To avoid this, it is better to use new balls at each color change.

Sometimes not even a ball is taken, but a thread of the desired length comes off. In this case, tangling of the threads can be avoided. Separate threads are used to knit small parts in the picture of the product.

The methods for replacing a thread in jacquard crochet proposed in this article are not exhaustive. Each knitter can find their own methods for changing the thread. But even these methods can greatly help both beginners and professional knitters to knit a beautiful and high-quality product.