I’ve had this on my Pinterest board Pieux Tricoter (which sort of means Wishful Knitting) for quite a while and go back to it again and again. I’ve used this trick a number of times when joining a new skein to my working yarn without leaving a trailing end at the seam edge or when knitting from-the-neck-down projects. But a couple of evenings ago I realized I’d obliviously knit in a knot–as it came from the skein–don’t you just hate when they do that? It was so big it wouldn’t blend in no matter what I did to try to hide it. I had to un-knit about 7 rows….and it takes me a lot longer to tear it out that it does to knit it! I wasn’t exactly a happy camper, but have you noticed that working with yarn–even when you are un-working it–tends to calm you when you are irritated or upset?
I worked my way back to the knot and several stitches beyond it to free up a length I could work with and cut the knot out of the yarn completely. I used the method in the video to connect the two lengths of yarn…my working end to the one from the skein….in just about mid-row. I’ve knitted a good two inches past that point and I can’t find the knot even when I’m looking for it and know where to look!!
I wanted to share this with any of you who aren’t familiar with this trick. Thanks to the video, you can follow along as she describes how to do it. It forms a knot that is all but invisible. For me it’s completely magic!
A cautionary note: I’ve only used this in light worsted and heavier yarns so don’t know from personal experience how well it works with finer yarns. It seems logical that with finer-weight yarns, it would make a smaller “invisible” knot, but you should try it first to be sure.