How to Russian Join Yarn Without Knots or Ends

Russian Join Yarn: a method of adding a new ball of yarn or switching to a different color without knotting the yarn or creating additional ends to weave in.

Create clean color transitions with knot-free skein joins using the Russian join technique and eliminate some of the ends you need to weave in when you finish your project.

Russian Join
technique overview

What is the Russian Join?

This technique is used for crochet and knitting projects, and is a method of adding a new ball of yarn when you run out or want to use a different color. The benefit is that it creates a knot-free join which can minimize the number of ends to weave in, plus is makes for a clean color transition.

To be completely honest, I use it very little. However, it’s still a very interesting technique to know.

put it to use

When and why to use this technique

The Russian join seems to solve two of little nuances, knots and ends. So why not use it every time you want to add a new color or you run out of yarn? Well, it only works with certain types of yarn.

This technique works best with plied, wool yarn.

Wool yarn has a quality that makes it stick like Velcro to itself, making it perfect for the Russian join. Acrylic yarns, however, do not, so the strength of the join isn’t very great.

That brings me to another downfall – it doesn’t really work with roving yarns.

You all know how much I love roving yarn. The texture is delicious in my fiber-loving eyes. A word of caution to my fellow roving yarn enthusiasts – I have not successfully made a Russian join, wool or not, that held up to the test of tugging on the two ends.

The durability of this technique is debatable. There are some folks who swear by it, and use it all the time while others who don’t trust it and won’t use it at all. In spite of this, give it a try and decide if it’s a technique you’ll use more often.

see how it’s done

Russian Join Tutorial

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Right-Handed Tutorial on YouTube


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