How to Join New Yarn with the Puff Stitch | A Crochet Tutorial
Last week I posted a crochet stitch tutorial for the puff stitch. You can find the photo tutorial here.
In that post I mentioned that I was working on a pattern that had prompted me to do the stitch tutorial. The pattern, that I hope to share this week (you can see a sneak peek of it on my Instagram!), uses three skeins of Caron Cakes. While joining the third yesterday I realized that joining a new skein of yarn with this stitch wasn’t as cut and dry as it normally is.
So this week I am sharing with you my method of joining new yarn with the puff stitch!
How to Join New Yarn with the Puff Stitch
Method 1 (The Typical Way)
First, let me show you how it looks joining yarn in the typical way.
I have found this to be the easiest way for me to join new yarn in your ordinary stitch. Here I have used that method for the puff stitch, and let me tell why I don’t like it.
What I have done is begin the puff as normal, by yarning over as many times as I desire. Then I dropped the first color and picked up the new color to finish off the puff, pulling the last loop through.
The finished product might not look so bad at first glance. But notice how the color you dropped is just hanging below the stitch.
Here’s a look at the back side. I don’t know about you but that kind of ending just doesn’t please me. So that’s why I am going to show you my new method.
Method 2 (The Better Method)
Start by beginning the puff stitch. I am crocheting a 3 hdc puff so I have 7 loops on the hook and I am ready to yarn over for the last time and pull through.
Bring up the new yarn and lay it alongside the old yarn.
Use both the old and new yarn and yarn over for the last time. Pull through all 7 loops.
Chain one to finish the puff.
Drop the old yarn and with the new yarn, crochet the next puff.
Then take it from there! I find this method to give a much more satisfying finish than others.
I have been working my latest design in Caron Cakes, which is a self-striping yarn, and the color change is a lot more unnoticeable than in the example.
That’s my take, and I hope this tutorial has been helpful!
Come back soon to see what I am making with the puff stitch!
What have your experiences been with joining new yarn while working the puff stitch? Let me know in the comments below or on any social media!
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