Knitting Help – Spit Splicing

Okay, now I’m going to show you how to spit
splice. And that is a way to attach a new ball of yarn when you’re working. The only way this can work is if it is 100
percent animal fiber. It doesn’t work with any cellulose fiber
like cotton or linen or bamboo, but it does work with wool and camel and alpaca – all
of the natural animal fibers. So you have to use your imagination a little
bit here, but let’s do this. Pretend that this is your work, and you’ve
just run out of yarn. This is all you have left. And this is your new ball of yarn. Okay, so starting with one of those ends,
you untwist the plies – and I happen to have 4 ply yarn here which I already know
so I’m going to separate it 2 and 2. Okay? I’m going to cut about an inch off
of 2 of those plies. And do the same thing over here to this one. Separate the plies, 2 and 2, and cut off about
an inch. Okay. So now this is what you have. With your old
ball of yarn and your new ball of yarn. You put those two together, and it is called
spit splicing for a reason. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can use
water, because there is something special about spit. [laughs] Okay, you put that together, and just kind
of twist them together, and that inch that you cut out of each piece, kind of line it
up. So that you don’t have double thickness
anywhere. Now we’re going to use heat and friction
to felt this together. And if you’re wearing jeans that’s actually
the best way to do it. To put it on your lap and use the friction of your jeans to felt
this together. And while I’m doing this I’ll let you
know that this is a way of having fewer ends to weave in, it’s also a way of preventing
a weak spot in your work where you have two ends hanging. I know a lot of people don’t like to tie
knots in their work. And this is one way of definitely keeping
from having to do that. Now you work on it a little bit, and take
a look, and see if there is some place that looks thicker or thinner. And you can work on this for a little while
and get it to look really good. But the main thing is – it’s magic. Now there’s no, there’s no end! That’s
it. So that is called spit splicing, the magical
way of moving on to a new ball of yarn. [laughs]

79 thoughts on “Knitting Help – Spit Splicing

  • Okay, I just tried this with Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride worsted, and I can't believe it worked! Wow! Thanks for the tip! Worked beautifully and you can't tell I started a new ball of yarn.

  • @busyhappyknitter I've been knitting for over 30 years. πŸ™‚ I've considered doing an entralac video – I just need to design a pattern that uses this technique to make a project out of it. It's probably not something that I'll do right away (I have plans to shoot other things first), but it's something I'm considering!

  • I had tried this for the first time and it really works! Thank you for posting this video with very clear detail instructions. I did not use my spit. I place couple drops of tab water (and another time I used filter water) on the palm of my hand, placed the two splice yarns on top of the water and rub the two splice yarns together. The two yarn pieces magically joined as one and you cannot tell where it was joined. It held together very strong. So tab water and filter water does work.

  • OMG! my late mother used to do this all the time….being the cheeky teenager at the time I asked her if she wanted some of dad's glue …..she smiled and said no, only your jeans!!! LOL!!! she never explained the why's or how but somehow she is now getting back to me!! Thanks for the video!

  • Thanks so much for this demo. I'm making my first sweater (and using 100% wool, which I love). When I'd join in a new ball, there would be this odd puckering that showed around the join. I was hoping that it would go away when I block the sweater upon completion. But this technique is so wonderful – I kept yanking on the yarn to test how strong the splice is, and it didn't budge. No more puckering for me (while I'm using an animal-based fiber, that is)!! And less ends to weave in – PRICELESS!

  • I always say that it's worth a try! My policy is to try spit splicing on almost every yarn. It only takes a couple of minutes, and if it doesn't work, you're no worse off. πŸ™‚

  • So this will work with superwash merino yarn? Or a superwash, silk, cashmere blend? I'm hoping this is the best way to join yarn while knitting laces shawls. I'm doing all my homework and research before I knit my first lace shawl.

  • Sorry – this won't typically work with superwash yarns. You can try it to see if maybe it might work, but the whole point of superwash yarns is that they don't felt, and split splicing is basically felting.

  • Yes – that's what it's called, "spit splicing". Because you use spit to splice the yarn together.

  • It's always worth a try, with any yarn. The worst that can happen is that it won't hold (felt), and you'll have to tie a knot.

  • It's always worth a try, with any yarn. The worst that can happen is that it won't hold (felt), and you'll have to tie a knot.

  • Ha! This is exactly what I was looking for! I ran out of yarn on this hat I'm making and I was just going to join like I was changing colors, but I thought I would rummage around your channel to see if there was a better way… voilΓ ! Ha ha! Thank you!

  • This technique is AWESOME!!
    I used it on:
    50% Super Fine Alpaca
    w/ 50% Peruvian Wool.
    I usually use the Russian join. I will use this on all my animal fibers.

  • This is so wonderful! I've been using the Russian join, but this is such a better option! Definitely going to use it on my future projects!

  • I find spitting on my hand as I roll the ends together also help too………and yes rolling it on your jeans or i use my ironing surface which is canvas works fantastic! Β Great method for joining, Thanks!

  • I honestly would never have thought of this! I will use it in the future. Worst case I'll do the Russian join. Thanks!

  • LOL!!!!!!!!! The title truly says it all. Β I have done this and never knew it was called sit slicing. Β My grandmother taught me this I just thought she was crazy.Β 

  • and i thought spit splicing was a joke until i bought some wool and kept getting foot and a half pieces now im almost done with my project and got another foot length. just done spit splicing and was amazed that it worked and you cant tell it was ever cut or anything! just hope it holds up in the project now. Thanks Staci πŸ™‚

  • I've seen this video so many times I know all you're going to say next. I love it! It really works perfectly and it's so easy to do!
    Thanks a lot!!! πŸ™‚

  • I am not being sarcastic… That is fascinating… Wish I had of known this for my last knit sweater. 15 balls

  • AAAAAA!!!! πŸ™‚
    If i only knew this earlier! πŸ˜€ I made a worsted afghan of 250×220 cm last year. It took me over 6 months, and would have taken me over many days less if i knew this technique….

    Just tried it on: 50% merino, 25% alpaca, 25% acrilic
    Thank you! πŸ™‚

  • This is brilliant. I am using an extra fine Merino, baby llama, silk and linen blend to make a shawl for a dear friend. As I approached the point where I was going to have to join a second ball of yarn, I worried that the joining would show. I found this method on YouTube, put it to use and it is perfection!!! WOW!! The spit works!!!

  • Thank you for this. I'd just frogged a Harry Potter scarf that I'd cast on with too many stitches and was horrified at how many ends I was going to have to weave in when I re-knitted the confounded thing. This is going to save me a LOT of time!

  • I've actually used it for sock yarn with 25% nylon, but then I slice it a little bit longer, about a palm length.
    After I've felted the ends together I actually twist the yarn a bit extra when I knit it into my work. Just in case πŸ™‚

  • The only time I tried this method I used water and it worked out fine. I was amazed! There was no way I was going to spit on the yarn. But the way you just put it in your mouth is fine with me. I will have to try it again. Great videos. I enjoy them all. Everything is clearly explained. Thank you.

  • Thank you so much. This is awesome! After 25 years away from knitting, due to illness, I'm back, and I'm finding so many new things.
    I'm making a scarf with DK yarn, & I have to add a new ball of yarn. This is making me nervous. So, I want to try spit-splicing. I have a couple questions:

    I have a 2-ply DK yarn, in merino, alpaca w/some Donegal tweed. I separated the 2 plies, but when I did the spit-splicing, the end result looked too thin.

    1) Will the spliced section plump back up to normal size once fully dry?

    2) Can I do the spit-splicing without separating the 2 plies? I just tried it on my sample yarns, & it looks good. But I am concerned about whether it will last, stay stuck, in other words.
    Thanks so much. πŸ™‚

  • I just tried this for the first time with 100% merino wool, and it seems to work just great, but I'm still a little nervous.. Will these connections hold with washing and wearing?.. guaranteed?

  • I love this! I have to tell you, the flavor of the wool reminded me of sucking on my woolly, snowy mittens as a small child!

  • Wow. Just tried it the first time and it worked like a charm! This is amazing, and no tools required (although I did eat a bit of the wool I'm knitting with…). Best thing is — I knit with two strands, and the joins are slightly shifted, which means that you won't be able to feel them at all. Awesome!

  • That’s great – thank you. I also know another, similar way to splice, which is to split the yarns the same way you did but taking a little more than an inch, then thread one end through a wool needle, and weave it through the new yarn (that has also had one or two strands removed) and then felt it the way you show here – and yes, you use spit to do the felting!

  • So well done, you have obviously thought carefully about your presentation, it is uncluttered with music (thank you!), and the white surface makes the technique crystal clear. Thank you for sharing your love of fiber art.

  • You didn't mention this in the video, but will this work on a superwash wool like Wool of the Andes Superwash? I know you said it'll work on 100% but Superwash is it's own beast!

  • I’ve been knitting for over 55 years and somehow missed this technique. Absolutely brilliant!!! I started a temperature blanket and weaving in all the ends seems daunting. I tried knitting
    Them in as I went along as well as weaving. I Can’t tell you how much I love this join. I will never choose another method. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! πŸ‘πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ˜πŸŽˆ

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you!… I got a ton of pieces parts that are now going to be one long piece of pieced yarn!!!!! Love this!!

  • This technique is AMAZING! Thank you so much for the tip. This is the first time that I've done this and it works really well.

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