How to Add a New Ball of Yarn When Knitting

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How to Add a New Ball of Yarn?

You’re chugging along on your knitting project, things are going well and you’re remembering everything you should be doing. Things are going great until you run out of yarn. Now what? How do you add a new ball of yarn? What if your pattern asks you to change colors? Now what?

Clearly, this is a technique you’ll want to learn as a beginner knitter!

The good news is that changing to a new ball of yarn while knitting is really quite simple and I’m here to break it down for you in a quick tutorial.


Let’s give it a try

In this tutorial, I’ll demonstrate how to add a new ball of yarn while knitting. This technique is applicable whether you run out of yarn and need to add a new ball or if your pattern asks you to change colors. To practice, knit a little swatch in any stitch that you’re comfortable with. I’ll be demonstrating with the 2 x 2 rib but the technique works for any stitch.

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How to Add a New Ball of Yarn While Knitting

Let me begin by saying there is more than one way to add a new ball of yarn. I will demonstrate the method that I prefer using, simply because I like the outcome and I’ve never experienced breakage.

I’d like to begin by providing you with a starting point. In this tutorial, I’ll demonstrate how to add a new ball of yarn in the context of changing colors. Don’t worry, it’s a piece of cake!

First things first, the tutorial.



Written Instructions

Keep in mind the reason you’re changing to a new ball of yarn. Is it because you have run out of yarn or because you want to change colors?

  • If you’re changing to a new ball to add a different color, work through the last row before you want your color change to occur.
  • If you’re changing to a new ball because you’re about to run out of yarn, work through the end of a row leaving a tail that’s long enough to weave in.

Maintain your stitch pattern through the process. Insert your needle into the first stitch and wrap with the new ball or new color and finish the first stitch with the new yarn.

TIP: I find it helpful to make a loose knot with the tail of my first ball of yarn and second ball of yarn. This helps to keep everything in place while you knit your first row. You can release the knot and weave in your tails as you work more rows with the new ball.

Can you believe that’s all there is to it? I remember thinking as a beginner that there must be some kind of magic involved but thankfully, it’s one of the easiest techniques in knitting.

If you’ve found this tutorial helpful, share it with your fellow knitters!

Lastly, I’m here for you. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below. I dedicate at least an hour everyday to answering your questions because I’m not the kind of teacher that leaves their students hanging. Your success is my success!

Bye for now,

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