Question: People always say you shouldn’t join new yarn in the middle of the row. But sometimes I find it difficult to judge if the yarn I have left is enough to get me to the end of the next row, especially on an intricate pattern, so I’ve had to join new yarn mid-row!


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Answer: It’s really frustrating to find yourself in the middle of a row with not enough yarn to get you to the end. But there are a few ways you can avoid being in that situation. One is to stretch your stitches out along your needle, and possibly onto a second needle depending on the number you have. Then, take the end of your yarn along the stitches. If your yarn goes along the length of the stitches four times it’s a pretty safe bet you have enough to complete the next row.

Another way to check is to cast on the number of stitches you’re working on with the end of your yarn using the simple loop method: Just place your left hand thumb from the left to the right under the yarn and insert the right needle under the front loop and pull it off the thumb. It’s also very easy to undo. If you have enough yarn to cast on the required number of stitches, you have enough yarn to complete your next row.

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