3 Easy Ways to Join a New Skein of Yarn in Knitting

 

It’s just a fact folks.  Whether you are a knitting beginner or an experienced knitter, at some point in your knitting journey, you are going to have to join a new skein of yarn while working on a project.

This can happen when you come to the end of your first skein of yarn or your project calls for a color change.  Your project may even require a change of color in the middle of a row!

Regardless,  the same technique is used in all three cases.  Thus,  this is an extremely important skill to master.

Adding new yarn might seem scary.  I know I was terrified the first time my project called for a color change.  I actually broke out in a cold sweat!  But, truthfully, there’s no need to panic.

Joining a new skein of yarn to your knitting project is much easier than you think.  Let me show you how!

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Free Pattern: Crochet Seed Stitch Baby Blanket

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You know, it seems to me that sometimes specific genders tend to run in families.  In my family, it’s boys.  In fact, out of my six siblings, I only have one sister. And out of all our children, there are 13 in total, only two are girls.  So, when my sister announced that she would be having her third child, I was not surprised to learn that it would be a boy.

And this time, I was determined to send him a special handmade gift on time.  I was late with the last one.  I’m notorious for being tardy.  But not this time, no, this time his gift would arrive early.  It would be ready and waiting for his arrival.  Ready to wrap him in comfort and love from his auntie Rae.  My intentions were good, but little Walyon had no patience.  He couldn’t wait to discover all that this beautiful world had to offer.  He made his grand entrance over a month early!

Unfortunately, his lovely seed stitch blanket was only half done.  I finished it as quickly as I could, intending to send it off ASAP, but here it is… on my dresser… unshipped.  And he is now a month old.  Shame. On. Me.

The issue is that I needed to hold onto the baby afghan so that I could write this post.  I had to take pictures of it, do a video of it,  and write down the pattern. I have a terrible habit of writing the pattern after the project is finished–this is a no, no folks.  Don’t follow my lead on this one!  So, you see, my nephew’s warm and cozy zero year birthday present is late because I just had to share with you.  It’s really all your fault folks. 😉

All blaming aside, if you’re looking for a fabulous and super easy gift for that little newbie in your life, this gorgeous crochet seed stitch blanket is perfect!  And I am going to tell you exactly how to make it.

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Beginner Knitting: The Easiest Way to Cast Off

How to Cast Off in Knitting

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Hello, fellow knitters!  Today’s tutorial is part of my beginner knitting series.  If you’ve followed along then you should be familiar with the knitting basics and now be comfortable with how to make a slip knot, how to cast on, how to knit the knit stitch, and how to knit the purl stitch.

Now it’s time to learn how to bind off, also called casting off. Binding off is the process of securing the last row of stitches to create an edge that will not unravel.  This is also known as finishing the edge.  There are many ways to bind off and each method produces a different edge on your knitting project.

When I was a knitting beginner, my first project sat, finished, but untouched for weeks before I learned how to bind off.  This is because binding off sounded complicated to me.  I am not ashamed to admit that knitting was and sometimes still is difficult for me.  Knitting doesn’t come as naturally to me as crochet or sewing does.

Despite this, I love it and continue to work hard to improve my knitting skills.  Thus, in the beginning, learning to bind off my knitting projects was intimidating.  If you find yourself in a similar situation, don’t worry!

I am going to guide you through the Basic or Standard Binding Off method, the most common binding off technique because it is the one that most knitting beginners learn first. And believe it or not, this binding off method turned out to be super easy!  If I can master it, so can you.  🙂

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Beginner Crochet: How to Double Crochet

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Hi ya crochet newbies!

By now you have probably mastered the slip-knot, foundation chain, and the single crochet stitch.  If not, simply click on the link to be directed to easy step-by-step tutorials.  For those of you who already have solid experience with these stitches, it’s time to move on to the double crochet stitch!

 

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How to Crochet a Turning Chain

The Number One Reason I Failed at Crochet

Are You Making the Same Mistake?

 

How to Crochet a Turning Chain

 

Hi folks!  If you are new to crochet then you’ve probably heard of a turning chain.  Most likely from a pattern or another crocheter.  The first time you heard about it I am sure your brain went “uh… what the heck is that”?  I am sure because that’s what my brain did.

If your brain didn’t do this and you’ve already figured it out then that’s awesome!  Kudos to you!

My brain, however, just couldn’t grasp it.  And this is why I failed at crochet.  And I do mean failed.  Massively.

Of course, that was my first go at crochet over 10 years ago. Back then I just couldn’t figure out why that darn pot holder kept getting smaller and smaller!

Now I know that I wasn’t making a turning chain at the end of each row and if I was, I wasn’t doing it properly.   I didn’t even understand what the turning chain was.

If this sounds familiar, then let me help out.

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How to Yarn Over in Crochet

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What is Yarning Over

in Crochet?

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Yarning over in crochet is the most basic step when making a stitch.  You may see it written as yarn over (abbreviated yo) or yarn over the hook (abbreviated yoh).  They mean exactly the same thing.

Yarning over means wrapping the yarn over your crochet hook.  Yarn overs are used before or after you insert the hook into the next stitch, and depending on the stitch you are working, you may yarn over two or more times.

Yarning over is a very simple technique, but you have to do it correctly or you won’t be able to pull the yarn smoothly through the stitch.

Let’s practice!

1.  Make a slip knot. If you don’t know how, please see How to Make a Slip-knot.

 

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Slip-knot

 

2.  Slide the slip-knot onto the shaft of your hook.

3.  Using your yarn hand (non-dominant hand), hold the tail of the slip knot between your thumb and forefinger.

 

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4.  Using the forefinger on your yarn hand,  bring the yarn up behind the hook.

 

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5.  Place the yarn over the shaft, laying it between the slip knot and the throat of the hook with the yarn pulled toward you.

 

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Practice the yarn over motion until you are comfortable with the technique.

Do not wrap the yarn over your hook from front to back.  It must be wrapped from back to front, otherwise, crocheting is more difficult and you will end up with twisted and tangled stitches.

When you are actually working a stitch, you yarn over and “hook” the yarn in the tip (hook) of the crochet hook.  The yarn is then pulled through an existing stitch or loop(s) as part of the working stitch.

There you have it.  Easy peasy!

Did you have any problems?

Until next time…  Happy Crocheting!

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Beginner Crochet: How to Single Crochet

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Hi folks! As crochet beginner, you really have a lot to learn.  You need to figure out how to pick your first crochet hook, learn about the different yarns, as well as decide how to hold your yarn and your crochet hook.   You also need to master the slip-knot and the foundation chain.   All of this even before you learn any stitches!

It’s okay if you don’t know how to do any of these things yet.  It’s okay to be an absolute beginner.  Just click on the links and you’ll go straight to easy tutorials that will teach how to do each one.  However, if you’ve already mastered those skill and are ready to move onto your first stitch, this is the post for you!

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Crochet Beginner Series: How to Crochet a Foundation Chain (chain stitch)

How to Crochet a Foundation Chain (chain stitch) for Beginners

 

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My first attempt at crochet was a failure.  I tried over and over to figure out what I was doing wrong, but it was hopeless.   The pot holder I was working on only got smaller and smaller. Eventually I gave up.  Ten years later, I finally figured out where I went wrong.  It was chaining.  I failed at chaining.

Chaining is a simple skill, but an extremely important one in crochet.  For some reason, I just couldn’t get a grip on the concept when I first picked up a hook all those years ago.  If you are a crochet beginner, I’d like to save you my frustration.

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How to Hold the Yarn When Crocheting

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4 Popular Ways to

Hold Your Crochet Yarn

 

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Hi folks! Today I want to give you another useful tutorial when you are a crochet newbie and just preparing to crochet. In addition to learning how to hold a crochet hook in the most comfortable way for you, you also need to learn how to hold the yarn.

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How to Hold a Crochet Hook

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So you’re learning to crochet.  That’s so awesome!  First things first.  You might be wondering how to hold the hook in order to make the crochet stitches.  When I first learned to crochet I simply picked up a hook, held it the most comfortable way for me, and stitched away.   I had no idea that there are actually two ways that people generally hold a crochet hook.

If you are struggling with crochet, it may be that you need to re-evaluate how you are holding your hook.  Let’s review the two methods and see which one works best for you!

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