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How To Join Yarn With A Magic Knot

Learn how to join a new ball of yarn to your project with the magic knot method. You’ll make two knots and slide them together in this join.

I include step by step instructions for making this knot. Plus there’s a video tutorial to demonstrate how to do. Photos are in the tutorial to show how the steps look.

This type of knot is a pretty secure join. The two knots pull tightly together to butt against one another.

I use the magic knot often when I add a new yarn skein in to my work. The other way I like to join yarn is just by yarning over in the new yarn. Then I work over the tails to secure them.

Black and blue yarn joined with a magic knot.

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The magic knot method of joining yarn is suitable for a variety of yarn weights and types.

While this join works for many yarns, the thick the yarn, the thicker the knot. This also means the stitches hiding the bump will be thicker too.


This way of joining yarn leaves a small bump, that you can trim the ends pretty close to.

So it’s a good joining method for many stitches and patterns. However, there are some times when the bump will show too much. For instance, if knitting stockinette.

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  • two yarns, the one you’re working with and the new yarn you wish to add. I’m using two strands of Whims Merino* in charcoal and blue.
  • I use two colors to help illustrate where the ends and knots are in the tutorial. You will want to use the same color yarn for your project.
  • Scissors to trim your ends.

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)

Working yarn is the yarn that you’re using, or “working with.”

Tail refers to the end of the yarn. We usually weave these in when a project is complete. Or crochet over them to save time.

Video Tutorial

You can watch the step by step video tutorial for this technique on my YouTube.


Two yarns joined with the magic knot, scissors, crochet hook.

How to Join Yarn with the Magic Knot

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 1 minute
Active Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 7 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1

Learn how to join yarn with the Magic Knot by sliding two knots together.


  • two yarns, the one you're working with and the new yarn you wish to add


  • scissors to trim


  1. Lay out working yarn horizontally at the top.
  2. Lay out new yarn, parallel below it. Make sure yarns are parallel with tails pointed in opposite directions.Blue and black yarns laid out to join.
  3. Bring tail of working yarn (blue) over new yarn (black) so they cross. Blue yarn crossed on black yarn.
  4. Tuck working yarn (blue) under new (black) yarn and bring it up. Blue yarn tucked under black yarn.
  5. Bring working (blue) yarn over and under itself to tie knot. Blue yarn looped on itself.
  6. Bring new yarn (black) over working yarn (blue) so they cross.
  7. Tuck new yarn (black) over and under working (blue) yarn.
  8. Bring new (black) yarn over and under itself to tie knot.
  9. You'll have two loose knots. Blue and black yarns looped to knot.
  10. Tighten both knots. Two knots tied and labeled in blue and black yarn.
  11. Slide knots together by pulling on both ends of the working yarn. Black and blue yarn joined with a magic knot.
  12. Pull tails to secure.
  13. Trim the ends. Two yarns joined with the magic knot, scissors, crochet hook.

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Lalka Crochetka

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

it is one of my favourite knots - very secure and usually almost invisible :)

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