27 August 2008

Tutorial: Russian Join

I hate weaving in ends. Hate. It. Working with (non superwash) wool is great because I can spit splice. But what about non feltable fibers? Today I am spreading the gospel of the Russian join! Perfect for silk, cotton and superwash.

Here we have an undone knot in my skein. I am about to join it with the Russian join.

Thread your yarn through a tapestry needle. (I use a sewing needle for laceweight, because it is small and sharp). This is a dk weight, though, so a larger needle works perfectly. You will be weaving the needle through the yarn about 2-3 inches after creating a loop at the end.

Pull the needle through, leaving the yarn bunched up and the loop open.

Fan out the fiber at the end.

Trim the fiber into a wedge shape to avoid lumps down the road when you pull the yarn tight.

Repeat with the yarn you are joining, being sure to interlock the loops.

Begin closing the loops and pulling the yarn smooth. The wedges on the ends will be hidden inside the yarn.

Keep closing the loops, smoothing out the join and working the yarn into place.

Almost smooth.


Now try to pull it apart. It holds beautifully, even on silk! It will be a bit thicker at the joining point, but you won't notice it when the yarn is knit up. I love using this join on kidsilk haze, too. :)



Blogger Carole Knits said...

I tried this technique once but didn't have great results. I think your tutorial will help and the timing is just right since I'm knitting a pair of socks in superwash and I know there are a couple of knots in this skein. Thanks!

2:23 AM  
Blogger Marina said...

If there weren't Russian joins, I would never finish anything. Love them and it's good to know they work on other fibres.

2:53 AM  
Blogger kasiaiscarly said...

thanks for sharing! i'll have to try this on my next project!

3:20 AM  
Blogger Dani said...

That's awesome, thanks Rosemary!

4:27 AM  
Blogger m1k1 said...

Thank you for that. I have tried this unsuccessfully from a verbal instruction. Your pictures make it so much clearer.

4:32 AM  
Blogger lv2knit said...

Thanks for the tutorial on your method of Russian splicing -- it is a little different than the one I have used and looks like it could come in handy!

4:40 AM  
Blogger Gertieanne said...

Great, I have used a needle to run through the new yarn to connect it but this is much better because it will not come apart when tugged on.

Thank you for the tutorial

5:45 AM  
Blogger Cindy/Snid said...

Oh wow- that is brilliant. I am going to have to print that out so that I have it when I need it!! Thanks for sharing!

6:13 AM  
Blogger mle said...

Very cool!! I hate weaving in ends too. Thanks!

6:24 AM  
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7:33 AM  
Blogger Yarnhog said...

I've used the Russian join on lace and spit splicing on heavier wool. I find that they work best in slightly fuzzy or textured yarns. I've been very disappointed when working in smooth yarns.

2:39 PM  
Blogger kim•ber•ly said...

That is beautiful! I can't wait to try that.

5:51 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

The Russian join ranks right up there with circular knitting & sliced bread! What did I ever do w/o it? I know...wove in more ends that I care to think. I agree w Yarnhog, I've had better sucess with heavier yarns, but maybe I'm doing something I shouldn't or not doing something I should. I haven't tried fanning; maybe that will help.

6:11 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Rosemary- Looks too much like "work" to me!

I will give it a try.

6:53 AM  
Anonymous Beth S. said...

That you so much for this! I've always been confused by the description of the Russian join, but I think I've got it now...

7:32 AM  
Blogger Pilar said...

I love it, and have used it a lot since I knitted my first Ice Queen. Thanks for the tut :)

11:42 AM  
Blogger anne said...

thank you; i've never seen this done up close; it's a great technique

6:57 AM  
Blogger beadntat said...

I've been planning to use a sewn splice for my slippery joins after having a blocking disaster with my Ravelympics shawl (plied splice, baby alpaca...always worked before..not this time accck!). This looks even more refined...anotehr perfect solution. Thanks!

7:53 PM  
Blogger kim•ber•ly said...

Finally had a chance to try it. Works wonderfully! Thanks for posting!

8:17 PM  
Blogger Michele said...

Fantastic! Thanks for posting this with such clear instructions and photos. I just tried the technique and am pleased with the result.

10:17 PM  

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