There are loads of great ways to join yarn in our crochet and knitting projects, but one of my favourite joins is The Russian join. It’s a great way to join your yarn when changing colours or you simply come to the end of your yarn ball.
It’s a really neat join and super strong way to join your yarn without having any knots in your project.
Here I’ve done you a photo tutorial to show you the steps, but if you scroll down further I’ve also done a video to make it easier to see how it’s done.
The picture above shows it on a chunky yarn and also a DK yarn so you can see how the Russian join works on different yarn types.
Thread your yarn onto your darning needle leaving a few inches for your tail. Then weave the needle through the center of the yarn as can be seen in this picture, making sure to leave a loop near the eye of the needle.
Pull the yarn up the needle,
making sure you still keep the loop.
Pull the tail end of the yarn free of the needle.
Thread the second yarn colour onto the needle and pass it through the loop of the first colour yarn.
Then thread the darning needle through the center of the yarn on the second colour … as seen in the photo.
Pull the yarn up the darning needle and then pull the yarn tail free of the needle.
Pull both loops closed and smooth out the yarn to make it straight… then snip off the tail ends.
And there we have our lovely Russian Join