How to Join Yarn in Crochet

By Chris Carson ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Crochet hook
  • Yarn
  • Scissors

There are two easy methods for attaching yarn in your project. The first is the "tie-off method," which is especially good for changing colors in a crochet project. The second is the "crochet method," which makes a seamless transition when you are running out of one skein and need to attach the next one. Now you won't have to worry about your project looking lumpy or coming apart from a loose piece of yarn. It's a lot easier than you may think.

Leave a short tail

When you reach the place where the new color is to begin, slip stitch into the main body of the work. Snip the yarn with the scissors, and pull yarn all the way through the slip stitch, leaving a short tail.

Put the slip knot on your hook

Make a slip knot in the new color. Place it on your crochet hook.

Insert crochet hook into the body of the work where the former color ends. Continue pattern as indicated, crocheting over the tail you left in Step 1. This will result in a smooth, seamless transition.

You will have two loops on the hook

When you get to the point where you can make only one or two more stitches before the yarn runs out, make a slip knot in the new skein. Slip it over the head of the crochet hook, keeping the loop from the prior skein on the hook. You will now have two loops on the hook.

Pull up a third loop

Put the hook through the body of the work; pull up a loop.

Pull new loop through both loops

Pull the new loop through both loops on the hook. Pull the two yarn tails to make sure they are secure.

Crochet over yarn tails for a seamless transition

Crochet over the yarn tails so you will have a smooth, seamless transition.

About the Author

Chris Carson has been writing professionally since 1988, specializing in topics such as cats, jewelry, history and English. Her articles have appeared in "Best Friends Magazine" and on various websites. Carson received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Arizona State University.