Magical Joining

I have decided that I must have some sort of knitting ADD.  I have too many projects on the needles and get myself over-stimulated.  But it's just so much fun!  Since I returned home to my stash and my snuggly project bags I have not touched the Kaleidoscope.  Instead I have been working on my Umbre Lovre.

I am loving the stripes as much if not more than I loved the mosaic blocks on the edge.

Last night on the way to zumba I listened to the latest episode of Knitting Pipline, in which Paula explains how she uses the Russian Join.  At first I tuned it out.  After all, I used to always weave in ends.  And when I taught myself how to do a felted join when I knit my Gramps Cardigan I thought it was magic.  But when I got home I realized that I was going to have to join some yarn very soon and I did not want to weave in ends because I did not want any added bulk in weird places on the fabric.  On the other hand I could not felt them because this is knit out of Knit Picks Comfy Sport, which is a cotton blend.  So I decided to dig out my grandmother's sewing supplies and go for it.

(From last night when I first gave it a shot)

I love this join.  It was so much fun to knit (Chris was suitably impressed) and so far has proven very resilient.  I did not watch Paula's video, just followed her verbal instructions, and out came magic.  The way it is work involves taking a sharp sewing needle and weaving the end of your yarn back in on itself. 

(From this morning when I decided I may possibly need another skein at work today)

The best part is it is all but invisible from the front side.  You really have to look to see that a few stitches are thicker than the others.

Now I just have these ends hanging inside that I really don't know what to do with.  Has anyone done a Russian join before?  Do you just snip them off or do you do a little weaving?

To see more explicitly stated FOs, check out Tami's Amis.


  1. Thanks for the great idea. I'd heard of the russian join before but I'll now go and look at it properly.I'm loving that project it's so pretty :)

  2. Inspirational! I'm always interested in new ways to deal with those pesky ends! It is my least favorite part of crochet!

  3. I make my joined section quite long and then I can snip off the ends after blocking or first wash. I find Russian joins so strong that I can frog back without redoing the join. Awesome!

    Lovely colours by the way!

  4. COngrats on mastering the Russian join!

  5. Your stripes do look lovely :)
    I have just heard about the russian join too - can't remember where!
    I've also learned about a magic knot which was brilliant when I was knitting with cotton recently.

    1. Oh, I've never heard of a magic knot. I'll have to check that out!

  6. That's great - I cannot tell where the join is from the front! I'll have to learn that technique someday.