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Russian Joining: A How To

A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Do a Russian Join

  1. To splice yarn together with the Russian Join, first, thread a tapestry needle or small yarn needle with one of the yarns.
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  2. Gently insert the tapestry needle into the yarn, so that it goes inside of the plies.
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  3. Remove the tapestry needle slowly, while holding onto the small loop of yarn. This may be challenging at first.
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  4. Now thread the tapestry needle with the other yarn.
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  5.  Insert the needle into the small loop of the first yarn.
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  6. Pull the new yarn through the loop.
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  7. Gently insert the tapestry needle into the yarn, so that it goes inside of the plies.
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  8. Slowly remove the tapestry needle. You do not need to hold onto the loops this time.
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  9. Trim away the excess yarn tails.
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The section of yarn with the Russian Join will be slightly thicker than other parts of the yarn, but in most cases will not be visible in your finished project. You may find it necessary to trim away excess yarn tails again after crocheting, as some may emerge after you start stitching.

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When creating a magic yarn ball, choose yarns to splice together that have the same fiber content or care instructions. For yarns made from wool or other animal fibers, you can felt the ends together. Check out this article on knots in yarn for more instructions. You can splice yarns together randomly, or plan your colors so that your finished yarn ball is more harmonious looking.

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