Knitting Help – There’s a Knot in My Yarn!


This video is a suggestion from Tracy in Oregon,
well, not so much a suggestion, but she asked me the question. What do i do when i’m knitting along, and
i find that there’s a knot in my yarn where it doesn’t belong? well, first thing you do is you throw a fit. because there is no reason to ever have a
knot in the middle of your yarn, and to discover it when you’re working. especially if you’re paying for luxury yarn,
you don’t want to see a knot like that! but it happens. and chances are you can’t just knit past it. you need to address the problem, because it
will show in your work. or, even if you’re knitting along, and you
feel like you got the ends poking out to the back of your work, the first time you wear
that sweater, the ends are probably going to poke out the front. you do have to deal with it. now, the good news is is if you’re using 100%
wool or another animal fiber, you can just spit splice. and i’ll give you a link here to my spit splicing
video. that’s a way of actually grafting, you know,
cutting the knot out, and grafting the two ends of yarn together, seamlessly. so you can keep knitting without having to
do anything else. but really, for any other time, or if you’re
worried about the carefully plied yarn showing the spit splice in the work, you need to tink
back. take out every stitch going back to a convenient
place in the work, and actually attach, cut out the knot, and attach the yarn again like
a new ball of yarn. now, if you’re working on a scarf or something,
that’s simple enough, you just go back to the beginning of the row and add the new ball
of yarn. if you’re working on something more complicated,
like uh, let’s say a raglan sweater that’s knit in-the-round from the top down. the best thing to do is to tink back to a
place that is going to be less conspicuous. which is probably going to be at the increases. the place you want to avoid is a sea of stockinette. you don’t want to change to a new ball of
yarn in a place in the sweater where you want it to be the smoothest. and the nicest looking fabric. so you need to find a place in the fabric
where something else is going on. and for a top down sweater, that would be
at any one of the increases in the front or back of the sweater. so the first thing to do is to determine how
far you have to go back to a place where you can attach a new ball of yarn. and then cut out the knot, and keep going
from there. let’s go ahead and take a look at the sample
that i’ve put together. i have this little bit of flat knitting here,
and this is a pretty easy example. i’ve put a really terrible knot right here
in the work, and i’ve let myself knit up, until my knot is almost there in my work. and because this is a flat piece, i know exactly
where i have to go. i have to tink, which is the word knit backwards. i’m going to unknit these stitches to get
back to the beginning of the row, cut out the knot, and attach the yarn like a new ball
of yarn. so, if you’ve never seen tinking before, all
i’m going to do is take the tip of my left needle, and put it into the stitch below. slide that over, and pull the working yarn
to pop out that stitch. in there, slide it over, pull it out. and then when i come to a purl stitch, actually
that was not a purl stitch – i’m going to take it down one more! you want to, pull the yarn – whoops – i’ve
already done that one. okay, let me tink out back to here, then i
want to show you. how to tink out a purl stitch, because that
row didn’t have any purl stitches. okay, to tink out a purl stitch, i’m going
to keep my working yarn in front. put my needle, put my needle into the stitch
below, slide it off, and pull the working yarn. working yarn’s in front, into the stitch below. and then i go back to knit stitches, pull
the yarn back between the two needles. into the stitch below. into the stitch below. you see? this is a way of working backwards
through stitches, without ever leaving live stitches hanging there so they can unravel. but i just took out more than i needed to,
so i will knit back up to where i am here. okay. so here’s my knot. first things first, get rid of that knot! that’s gone. now, i have this end hanging here, and i have
this yarn that i want to attach like a new ball. to do that, i can either spit splice, or i
can do this. i’m going to put my needle in, like i’m ready
to start knitting a stitch. take my new ball of yarn, and fold it over,
leaving about a six inch tail. wrap the needle with that, and pull the stitch
through. now the new yarn is essentially attached here. i’m going to knit one more stitch, and drop
the tail end, and just knit a stitch there. then, what i do, is i take the two ends, the
two short ends. and i tie them in a very tidy, tight knot. then i can go back and weave in those ends
when i’m finished with my project. but from here, i just keep working. and you can keep going, knowing that your
work is going to look nice, without the ends of a knot poking through. again, many thanks to Tracy for giving me
this idea for a video, and good luck. [whooshing sounds] [music]

53 thoughts on “Knitting Help – There’s a Knot in My Yarn!

  • Can you show us what to do if it is in the middle of a long row?  Do you always tink back to the beginning of the row?

  • Great idea for a video! Love your new glasses. Oh — and on a hilariously embarrassing note, the ad that popped up at the beginning asked me how big my prostrate was. Was it because I'm a dude? Or a middle-aged dude? Or was it because the video was about "knots"…

  • This happened to a skein of slow changing variegating yarn I bought.  And to make it feel even more insulting, I was doing entrelac knitting so one square looked really awkward. 🙁  Great video!

  • Wow…I just can't say enough times how much I love your videos.  I am SOOOO thankful I found you.  Your videos are just amazing, and help me so much (and very often). THANK YOU!!!!!

  • Thanks for the video! The easiest thing that I do is always wind my yarn into balls (with a ball winder or by hand) if you keep one had on the yarn flowing into the ball/cake: you will feel any knots before you knit them into your work! 🙂

  • Thanks for showing this video there are number of times when I would be knitting and then there is a knot. Now I know what to do next time there is a knot in my yarn.

  • I like to wind my yarn into a ball before knitting even if it's already in a ball or skein. That way I know if there are any knots, and if possible I can use the knotty ball in places like pockets or edging, where working with shorter pieces of yarn aren't an issue.

  • What are your thoughts on Russian joins? I've seen them and have seen that they don't detract anymore or less from the work, but have never done this myself. Was just curious to have a more experienced knitters point of view.

  • i had been brainwashed to never tie a knot in the work, but i guess that was wrong. i also learned that i wasn't tinking correctly. thank you again!

  • Thanks for the video!! Have you ever thought of doing a tutorial for the two color brioche stitch? I'm interested and there aren't any really helpful videos I can find.

  • I really hate when this happens! I'm knitting lace with a ball of slow changing variegated yarn, and I had to scrap my whole first quarter because the distance that I would have had to think back would have made it look just terrible. Now I'm checking all of every ball before I begin. It is so ridiculous.

  • Hai.. May you please make a video about the scarf that you wear? I find the written pattern but i find it hard to just knit using written pattern. Thank you

  • Hai.. May you please make a video about the scarf that you wear? I find the written pattern but i find it hard to just knit using written pattern. Thank you

  • Well, though I knew how to do the technique in this video, I always watch your new videos, and I was rewarded by learning the term for something I've been doing all along:  tinking (or as I've been calling it, "knitting back").  The funny thing is that I've seen the term tinking several times in the past few weeks, and kept losing the mental note I left myself to google it!  I NEVER rip back my work to a mistake, no matter how far back it is, I just feel like yarn stays nicer by . . . ok, here we go, TINKING!!  Thanks, Staci, you made my day!

  • Ow! Thank you very very much! It video is very useful for me! Actually I love all your video and apply them in my projects! Thank you again and bless you!

  • I am new to knitting but videos on your channel are helpful. I do love your channel. Could you please teach me what can I do when my knitting yarn gets run out while the knitting process is still working?

  • How about doing a Magic Knot.  So simple to do and it doesn't show in your work.  I do it all the time when I add a new ball of yarn.  You could do the Magic Knot for this problem also.

  • hello staci can you teach us how to get the number of stitches for a custom-fit raglan sweater? thank you in advance : )

  • Ahhh Thank you!! I actually hit knots relatively often with the inexpensive "Red Heart" yarn (from Walmart) and its really quite annoying.  As a fairly new knitter, I have had NO idea what to do with them and usually just try to work it so they're sitting in the back of the work. Most often it works, but a few times its caused me a lot of frustration getting it to STAY back there. Now, thanks to this, I know what to do next time.

  • I assume this would be less likely to happen if you balled the yarn before you started to project – do you prefer to knit from balls or skeins? A friend and I have been debating the advantages of each.

  • Would you recommend this for a piece that is going to be felted? In that case, wouldn't the knot just disappear into the felted fabric?

  • I had to google for this video as fast as I could, because right now I am working on the ribbing for my first sock on DPNs and I see in the middle of my yarn, just barely poking out, is the rage inducing knot.  I know my yarn is from walmart but whhhhyyyy?! 8c

  • so far i have found knots in cotton yarn and i was knitting a dress for a toddler, i use Russian join when ever i can but with cotton yarn i will try you video's Technic

  • While I always love your videos, I have to say my favorite part here is your nail polish color! WOW! Any way you can easily recall what color that is? 🙂

  • Verypink Knitting Lady you are THE answer lady. I'm a guy who wove for 25+ years and can not weave for a while due to a torn rotator cuff. Knitting has saved my sanity as I do not know how to live without fiber in my daily life. THIS happened to me on my first dishcloth after having finished a knitting class. The lady that taught the class HIGHLY recommended you! THANK YOU VERY much for being "here" and I SINCERELY mean that! – Tom

  • Thanks for this video! It answered a 2nd question that I had intended to go search for after this video! (i.e. how to attach a new ball of yarn to your work) 😄

  • Wish I knew this before I decided to carry on knitting. Atleast I could push the knot to the back where it's barely noticeable.

  • Hi veryPink Knitting Lady! How do you deal with knots knitting socks? Maybe you find a knot in your yarn or maybe you want to change colors. Thanks!

  • Great video. This happens all too often and you'll be pleased to know that I do indeed throw a fit!! Drives me nuts. Usually it happens with acrylic less expensive yarn. I have recently had it happen multiple times in one particular yarn. I am going to contact the company. I have recently purchased some fine wool and alpaca yarns. So far so good. Keeping my fingers crossed. Will use spit splice if it happens. Love that fix. Thanks for addressing thus issue.

  • I'm still learning, but know how to tink, and had to tink on a project. What do I do if I accidentally drop a stitch while tinking?

  • I always roll the skeins into balls before I use them. Easier to use. I put the ball in a little bucket and it unrolls as I work with it. That way you find the knots beforehand.

  • Argh, just fount an ugly knot on one of the plys of my Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (80% Acrylic, 20% Wool), but I'm doing an all k2 p2 chunky hat so I'm in the middle of a huge round field of ribs.

  • What if I'm knitting a big thing like pullover &the knot appear after the middle of the work, do I have to undo my work for the knot??

  • I instinctively followed all the steps you mentioned before watching this video (including throwing a fit lol), but I didn't know the technique for tinking–I was just putting each live stitch back on the needle with my fingers. I'm so glad there is a better way. Thank you for another helpful video!

  • Thank you for giving me permission to throw a fit 😂. So annoyed that this happened to me tonight, but I really appreciate the help! New subscriber :).

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