Don’t spit on your yarn

Filed under: Crochet,Techniques,Knitting,Techniques — Alicia @ February 19, 2008

“Spit-splicing” is a technique where you join two ends of yarn by felting them. You put the two ends in the palm of your hand, spit on them, and then rub them together until they felt. This technique is very effective for wool yarns. You can read a full article about it here.

I’ve tried this technique a couple of times, and it works well, but at the risk of being called a sissy, I use water. I just don’t like spitting on my yarn. I tried it the first time, and you end up with spit all over your hands and yarn. Not pretty. Plus, do you really want to give someone a gift you’ve been spitting on?

Another joining technique I like is overlapping yarn. You knit three or four stitches with both yarns, and then you just drop the old yarn. The problem is that you have ends that you have to weave in.

Here are some links on joining yarns:


  1. I’m a big fan of the Russian join, myself.

    We missed you last night!

    Comment by Misstea — February 20, 2008 @ 8:50 am

  2. Hi Misstea!

    I need to try the Russian join, but I can never find a tapestry needle when I need it.

    I was so cold last night I went to bed at 7, but I’ll be there next week for knit night.

    Comment by Alicia — February 20, 2008 @ 9:35 am

  3. I love the spit-splicing idea!! I agree with you – no spitting on your yarn!!

    Comment by corinne — February 20, 2008 @ 1:43 pm

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