Felted Join

This is a handy method of joining a new ball of yarn without having any ends to weave in!

The yarn must be feltable; that is, it should be 100% animal fiber and should not be superwash-treated.

This is generally used on reversible projects that lack good places to hide the ends in seams or on the wrong side of the work.

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Step Image 1a: Separate yarn plies for Felted Wool Join

Step 1a: Pull apart the plies for the last 4"/10 cm of the old ball of yarn and the first 4"/10 cm of the new ball of yarn.

Step Image 1b: Illustration of plies for Felted Wool Join
Step 1b: For yarns with three or more plies, break one of the separated plies from each ball, leaving the remaining ply/plies about 4"/10 cm long; for 2-ply yarns, do not remove a ply from either side.
Step Image 2: Twist plies of yarn for Felted Wool Join
Step 2: Twist the remaining plies of the old and new balls of yarn together.

Step 3: Add a few drops of water to lightly moisten the overlap point, then rub the strands together between your hands, applying heat and friction to felt the plies together.

Continue knitting as usual, gently working your felted join into your knitted fabric.

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