Knitting Fundamentals: How to Join New Yarn

The only time when you need to join new yarn is (a) when you need to change colours; or (b) when you run out of yarn. Learn how to do it now.

What You'll Be Creating

The only time when you need to join new yarn is (a) when you need to change colours; or (b) when you run out of yarn. But when you're just starting out with knitting, working your way through a whole skein seems like it will take ages, and the idea of changing colours is daunting at best!

I can tell you wonderful new knitters right now, those skeins of yarn will be knitted up before you know it, and changing colours is not only easy, it's also a tonne of fun! So let's toss those fears aside and learn how to join a new yarn to your knitting now.


  • Knitting needles
  • Yarn (make sure that you have the yarn that you've been using on your current project as well as the new skein of yarn that you would like to join in. In most cases, these two yarns will be of a similar weigh)
  • Current knitting project (or work on a quick swatch to practice)

The Method

There are many different join-in methods, but today I'm going to show you one of the most basic, and what I think is one of the most simple and easy to learn methods. So, grab your supplies and check out the video below to start learning!

Tip: With this method of joining yarn, there will always be a slight transition row in which you will see both pieces of yarn. This row will always show up on the side on which you add in the new yarn, and it may pose a bit of a problem if you are adding in a new colour. So, as a general rule, I always try to join in a new skein of yarn when I'm on the wrong side (or back side) of my knitting project.

How Will You Use Your New Skills?

You see, joining a new skein of yarn into your work is a piece of cake. You've overcome yet another knitting obstacle and gained a new and important skill!

How are you going to put that skill to work? Perhaps by knitting up a giant blanket that requires multiple balls of yarn or a scarf full of stripes? Drop us a line in the comment section below and let us know what joining-in knitting project you're working on.