Blog How To

How to join yarns without a knot: Russian join step-by-step

6th February 2019


How to join yarns without a knot: Russian join step-by-step

Broadly speaking, you have three options for the joins between balls. The simplest is to tie a loose knot – then, when you finish your garment, you untie the knot and weave in the ends on the wrong side. You can also join as you go with a “spit-splice”, but this only works with feltable animal fibres such as wool and alpaca. We quite like the Russian join, which We’ve shown below. Please note that this method works better with finer yarns but we’re using a chunky yarn here to make it easier for you to see what we are doing.

Step 1: Thread Yarn A onto a darning needle

Step 2: Use darning needle to weave Yarn A back on itself.

Step 3: Do not pull tight – leave a loop at the top.

Step 4: Thread Yarn B onto a darning needle.

Step 5: Thread through Yarn A loop, then weave Yarn B back on itself.

Step 6: Pull two ends tight to close loops and trim ends.

Knit Now is part of Practical Publishing International Ltd. We will treat your personal details with respect. Please see our privacy policy at for full details.
Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.