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I told you I would tell you if there were any more knots, and well, look for your self.

And 2 more in the skein:

There were precisely four more knots after my last post about them, for a total of 9 knots in a 300 yard skein.

I have now finished the skein, and started a new one, which so far seems to be more promising. And I am up to round number 76. Around knot number 7, I realized the one good thing I could create out of this skein was a picture series showing how I attach a new skein without any knots. I think I may have mentioned it before, I think attaching a new yarn by knotting it to the last one is a rather poor choice. Yet a lot of newer knitters seem to be taught exactly this technique.

I think using a knot for attaching is a bad habit for a couple of reasons:
1. It is very difficult to create a knot that will not loosen and/or come completely undone, creating a hole.
2. It is almost equally difficult to put the knot somewhere where it won’t pop to the right side of the work. And if your reasoning is that you can put the knot at the end/beginning of the row, I would refer to my current project, which is knit in the round. No beginning or end to put a knot.
3. It is actually easier to attach a yarn without a knot, rather then with a knot.

Let me show you. What I do to attach a new skein or ball, or to repair a place where the yarn in the ball was knotted, as was the case here, is to double the yarn for a number of stitches. I have never seen this come apart. I would do about 4-5 stitches on something done in garter or stockinette, but when I do something like lace, I will double as many as 7-10 stitches. This is because lace will be stretched after you are done, and the yarn will shift some. I leave little tails of about an inch, at least until after I block the item, but at that point I either just cut them off, or weave them in with a sewing needle, depending on my patience. 😀

Alright, here we go:
First, I line up the 2 yarn ends (the one coming from my needle, and the new one coming from the ball/skein) as follows:

I leave about an inch on each side, but then just start knitting with a double thread:

Here you can see the double stitches on my needles:

The next round/row you need to be a little careful and make sure you knit the 2 strands at the same time, but once you have done that, you really don’t see where you attached the new yarn.

The place where the yarn is attached is between the arrows.

As I said, I have never had this come undone, and I have been doing it for 29 years. You won’t have knots popping through to the visible side of your knitting, and it is no harder then just continuing to knit, just with 2 threads for a few stitches. If you don’t attach a new skein or ball this way, why don’t you give it a try, the next time you need to attach one. It works for any yarn, but the smoother or more slippery the yarn, the more stitches I would double up. The only time this is not a good method is when you change colors. Then it would be better to use something like the Russian join.

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