There’s a Knot in My Yarn!

You’re knitting happily along, and BOOM! You see that there is an ugly knot in your yarn, that has to be dealt with. Here are a couple of ways to cut out and get past that knot, so that your knitting doesn’t suffer for it.

Information on things you’ll see in the video:
The sweater on the mannequin is my Easy-Knit Sweater Jacket, pattern + video tutorial.

The shawl I’m wearing is the Clapotis pattern, knit with Noro Silk Garden yarn.

I’m not 100% sure of the yarn I used in the sample – it is probably Cascade 220. The needles I’m using are Clover Bamboo DPNs.

The nail color I’m wearing is CND Shellac polish, in color “Midnight Swim”.

8 comments on “There’s a Knot in My Yarn!

  1. HI Staci, I was wondering if you would be doing any videos on the subject of cable knitting or if you have any patterns with cable knitting. I want to try it, but you would be the best to learn from! I love your videos and have bought several of your patterns.

    Thanks, Renee

  2. Hi, I wasn’t sure how to contact you so here goes: I watched your 10 Stitch blanket two times and when you are working the first corner everything is clear, but then you do something like bind-off coming back. I know the pattern says peso, but you don’t mention doing that as you demo. I am so new to knitting and I have made your socks, and a variety of things from your tutorials. I’m really interested in making the blanket, but am confused about that technique. Any suggestions? Thank you.

  3. Staci,

    Hi, I love your videos and tips. We watch you all the time (meaning me, my husband and my two year old son – who LOVES watching you!) Anyway, I recently purchased a hank of a “luxury yarn” Shibui Silk Coud ($19 for 332 yards). It’s absolutely stunning, but as I am knitting along (lace weight with size 11 needles) I have thus far found 4 knots! I’m barely halfway through the hank!! It’s almost impossible for me to weave in ends on such a loose knit fabric (or if it is, I don’t know how, that’s why I chose to make something that would only take one hank) so I just left the knots.

    I contacted the store that I purchased the yarn from and was told “Industry standard allows up to 2 or 3 knots per skein”. Is this true, to your knowledge? I have found lately that some of these yarn stores and companies don’t really feel that they should be held to the same customer service standards you’d expect from any other company… but I did pay almost $20 for this yarn!! They offered to take it back and send me a new one after checking from knots, but I can’t rip the project back (mohair – it’s impossible) and I really hate to scrap several days worth of knitting.

    I’d really just love to hear your thoughts on this…?


  4. Amanda – my thoughts? Luxury yarn, like what you purchased, should have ZERO knots. There are yarn companies that pride themselves on this, like Galler Yarns.

    If I were you, I would chalk up that as experience, and never buy that yarn again. Also, you can leave a yarn review on Ravelry for the next poor soul who is considering that yarn for a project.

    S t a c i

  5. I am knitting a fingerless mitt and I have found a ugly knot in my Madelinetosh DK 100% merino wool and I did get upset, but I remember seeing this video about 6 months ago, so I watched it again and “vola” it’s magic. It worked beautifully. Thank you for All of your wonderful videos.
    Brenda Horton

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