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Beginner Knitter: How to Join Yarn!

Welcome Beginner Knitters! So you’ve cast on and have been knitting with great success, but now you’re running out of yarn! Don’t worry, there are lots of different ways to join yarn! And some are super simple!

Yes, there are ways to join yarn without having ends to weave in later, but most of the time, I don’t care about my future knitting self. (Unless I’m at a yarn sale. Than I very much care about my future knitting self and the extensive stash she absolutely needs.) I care about knitting NOW, and this for me, is the fastest way to keep knitting when you run out of yarn. Just knit three stitches with “new” and “old” yarn together, then drop the “old” yarn. Easy!

Watch my video below for all the details:

A couple tips for beginner knitters:

There’s something completely unnerving and panic inducing about having to join yarn as a new knitter. You’ve finally figured it all out, and now you’re left to your own devices on joining two pieces of string. I promise it’s easy! Eventually you’ll get good enough at this that you won’t even blink an eye at your impending yarn ball conclusion. Actually, to be fair, you will move on to other types of knitterly panic, like playing yarn chicken (Do I have enough yarn to finish this project?) and over-estimating your ability to knit gifts prior to impending births and/or holidays (Seriously, do ALL of those gift receivers need personalized, hand-made presents?)

It’s easy to obsess about yarn waste. “Oh no, what if I could have made it one more row with this last bit of yarn!” etc, etc. But in reality? It’s going to be fine. If you waste one row’s worth of yarn, everything will be fine. What won’t be fine is if you run out of yarn mid-row, then have to tink back to get to the end of the row. I mean, OK, that’s fine too, but I’d rather lose a tiny bit of yarn then live in a world where I have to tink.

If you’re looking for links to the yarn or needles in the video, check out my Basic Knitting Supplies post.

As always, I’m open to feedback on improving my YouTube videos. Let me know what you think! Also let me know if you have any advice on editing videos … so far it’s more challenging than I thought it would be. What editor do you use?


My name is Monica Rodriguez and I can’t stop fidgeting with yarn. I live in Albuquerque, NM with my husband. We belong to two terriers who manage to cuddle us just enough to keep us from revolting.

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