Joining in new yarn and working over a yarn end
Joining in a new yarn
There are various ways of joining in a new yarn, depending upon which stitch you are using and whether or not you are working a flat fabric with repeated rows, or are working in the round or on a motif/block.
Joining in yarn using slip stitch
This method can be used for any stitch, but is best worked at the beginning of a row and not when working in the round.
Fasten off the yarn that has run out. Place a slip knot made from the new yarn on the hook. Place hook through the first stitch of the row, wrap the new yarn around the hook and draw it through all the loops on the hook to create a slip stitch. Continue to work with the new yarn. When the fabric is complete, undo the slip knot and sew in the yarn end.
Joining in yarn using double crochet
Use these methods of joining in a new yarn at the end or the middle of a row when working on a flat piece of fabric.
To join a new yarn at the end of a row, in your final stitch of the row work through the stitch until the final step of the stitch, thus leaving two loops on the hook. Wrap the new yarn around the hook and draw through the two loops.
When joining mid way through a row, join in the new yarn where the pattern indicates by working through the stitch until the final step of the stitch, thus leaving two loops on the hook. Wrap the new yarn around the hook and draw through
the two loops. Continue to work in new yarn as required.
Working over a yarn end
To avoid the need to sew yarn ends in, you can choose to work your next row of crochet over the top of a yarn end, thus trapping it within the formation of the stitch.
Work to the position of the yarn tails and prepare to work the stitch of your choice. Hold the tail end of the yarn in line with the top of the previous row, to the left of the stitches just worked.
Insert the hook into the following stitch position and under the tail end of yarn. Complete the stitch, trapping the yarn tail within it. Repeat for approximately 5cm (2in). Trim the remaining yarn, being careful not to cut too close to the final stitch.
The content on this page is taken from Ultimate Crochet Bible, published by Collins & Brown.
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