….that is the question for many of us yarn fanatics! The answer is NOT to knot….ever!

 [OK I have to admit here that perhaps I have, in past, tied knots while crocheting…but I was 8 years old at the time and those little mistakes have shaped me into the awesome knot-less crocheter I am today]

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When you get to the very end of a skein of yarn and need to attach another skein to finish a project…use this method for a smooth transition.  Using one strand of yarn from the new skein,  thread your yarn through a darning needle [a sewing needle with a large enough eye to accommodate the thickness of your yarn]  and weave back and forth through itself in the manner shown above

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Gently pull the needle through all the layers of yarn so that the yarn is sewn into itself and sorta makes a loop at the end as demonstrated in image above.

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Re-thread your needle with the yarn end where you left off on your project side. You are going to do exactly the same steps with this yarn as you did with the yarn from the new skein….this time though you will thread your darning needle and pull this yarn through the ‘loop’-made of the new skein before proceeding to weave the yarn through itself in the same manner as shown above.  This method will attach the new yarn to the existing yarn that you are using to complete your project. ….Weave into itself and gently pull through all layers as done before.

ImageGently pull the two attached strands of yarn to secure and smooth out any bulky areas.  You will notice that this method does increase the bulkiness of the yarn a tad..but I find that it is not so noticeable nor unsightly on most crochet patterns & far less noticeable [annoying]  than a big ole knot landed in the middle of a gorgeous pattern.     I’ve used this method for years and it’s proven to serve as a suitable as well as secure alternative to the unsightly ‘knot’ method.

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