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My Yarn Broke

Help!! I was trying to knit fingerless gloves on dbl pointed needles and i really messed up. The joins between the dbl pointed needles was loose. While I was trying to tighten the join I pulled the yarn WAY too tight and the yarn broke off!! YIKES!!!!! The yarn attached to the needle is only about a half an inch long & I'm already 5 inches into the pattern.

Please help...how do I reconnect the stub to the skein of yarn it separated from? Is it even possible?

Thank you in advance.


You can treat this break just as if you had a knot or other break in your yarn.

I would unknit back a few stitches so that I will have a longer tail to work with. Then there some options to consider. If this is a solid color yarn, the easiest thing to do and maximize your yarn is tooverlap your two edges so that when you lay the two ends together it can form a continuous line of yarn. Pick up these two overlapping strands and knit continue knitting pushing the tails in to the inside of your mitt.

You can also just hold the two strands together and knit several stitches together. Afterwards you can trim the tails.

You can temporarily tie a knot and continue your knitting and then afterwards undo the knot and weave in your tails.

If this is wool or another animal fiber like alpaca that is not superwash, i.e. machine washable, you can "spit splice" your ends. Wet them both thoroughly with water (originally spit) and then overlap the two edges to make a continuous strand and rub this overlap between your hands until they felt together.

If your yarn has plies, you can also do a Russian Join. Google these words for tutorials and videos on how to do this join.

As to those strands you see in between your needles, these are called ladders. You can lessen then by tightening up as you work the second stitch of each needle. Also, if you start your new needle on top of the old needle, try starting it underneath the old needle. Finally, if you don't have a stitch pattern to keep track of (or if you can keep track of it easily), some knitters will work continue working a couple of stitches from the next needle before starting a new needle. This changes which stitches are at the ends of your dpns, changing the stress point and minimizing laddering.

Thank you so much KT!! I was at the end of my rope...or yarn. :) I ended up tying a temp knot.

I really appreciate you replying and giving me so much wonderful advice. So wonderful to know there are people here to help. Hopefully I'll be able to help others eventually.

Thanks again!! :)