How to invisibly join yarns using a Russian Splint

There are moments when just starting with a new ball of yarn and later weaving in the ends just won’t do it. This is the case with very open lace work or – for example drop stitch. The Russian Splint is a useful way to join the ends of two balls of yarn when felting them together just isn’t an option. So this is great for non-felting yarns like cottons or superwashs. The more spin the yarn has, the slimmer and less visible the resulting join will be.

1. Cross both yarns approx. 15cm /6″ from there ends.

2. Thread a tapestry needle with one yarn and thread it back into itself right after the crossing for approx. 10 to 15cm (4 to 6″) and pull the end through creating a loop that traps the other yarn.

3. Repeat step 2 with the second yarn. Pull on both ends. The loops will close and both yarns will twist thus enclosing their yarnends within. Clip the ends that stand out. Your russian splint is finished.

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