Joining Methods

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Name Of TechniqueDifficultySpeedRiskVisibleBumpColor ChangeOther comments
Basic KnotEasyFastModerate (depends on the length of ends you leave)YesYesNo
Braided JoinModerate/HardSlowModerateNoNoNoA bit fussy to do, and the braided join section can be stiffer/have a different texture than the rest of the yarn.
Magic KnotModerateModerateHighYesYesNoHuge fail risk because there will be no ends to use to reattach. Not recommended for knits that will be worn/washed.
Overlap JoinEasyFastLowPotentiallyPotentiallyKind ofYou can control exactly where the change happens, which is good for colourwork, but the couple of stitches done in both yarns can look odd/varigated
Russian JoinModerateSlowLowNoNoNoRequires additional tools, yarn thickness can affect how hard it is to do
Spit SpliceModerateSlowModerate/High (depends on how much length you felted together)NoNoNoKinda gross if you use your spit
Weaving In EndsModerate SlowLowNoNoYesFussier, and a lot of people hate weaving in ends, but it works well and results in an invisible transition



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