Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Issy Does Moscow...

...or, How to do a Russian Join.

This past weekend at our "Knittin' on the Lake" retreat, Isobel was kind enough to demonstrate for us how to join new yarn to old yarn in a way that eliminates the need for weaving in ends later.

Filmed by me and embedded here for your edification:

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The basic technique: (still pictures of the technique can be found here and here; another video, more professional than mine, can be found here): when joining one strand of old yarn to one of new yarn, wrap the ends of the old and new yarn around each other once, so that there's about a six-inch tail on each side, and then, using your darning needle, sew the wrapped old end into itself, and the wrapped new end into itself. This may require loosening the spin of the yarn just a bit, to work the darning needle through the yarn.

In the particular project in this video, the yarn being used is Noro Silk Garden for the Sursa Shawl, which is being knit using two strands held together, one strand from each end of the same ball of Noro, so that when you get to the end of that ball of yarn, (really the middle), there is a loop, rather than a single strand.

I apologize for the several instances of out-of-focus filming -- the fault lies entirely with the filmmaker. Please be gentle with your critique of this amateur film-making and editing effort.

I hope you enjoy!


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Suzanne said...

I love russian joins! I used it on the Kiri lace shawl I made--the one that got the ribbon in the fair. I think it helped that project.

To be fair, I have used it on bulkier wools and not been as happy with it. So use your judgment.

emmy said...

I loved your video, especially the credits. Why it was just like being there again!!

Nikki said...

for the Irish Hiking scarf, I'm using Cascade 220. I've really enjoyed working on it! As for the Stepp yarn, I can't WAIT to start those socks. I've heard so many great things about it.

The Purloined Letter said...

Thanks for allowing me to post this on Yarnival!

jess said...

hooray! one of my favorite methods (the one I use now on all of my knit-in-the-round sweaters -- split splicing never works as well for me). :)