Adding new ball yarn in sock

So I’ve finished one sock and was able to do it with one skein. But have about an inch to go before I get to toe part on the second sock and I think I’m not going to have enough yarn. I discarded some at the beginning of self striping yarn on second sock so they would match. So where is the best place to add a new ball. I’m using 5 dpn’s. I’m thinking in the middle of one of the needles before I get to toe section so it has less chance of causing a hole if done at transition from one needle to the next. Any suggestions

I probably should have said that this is my first pair of socks. I really have enjoyed doing them and looking forward to my next pair and trying a different heel. I really enjoy using dpn’s. Don’t have a burning desire to try magic loop, at least not at this time.

Congratulations on the first sock! They are addictive and so comfortable to wear.
Yes, adding the new ball in the middle of a dpn is a good idea. You could work a Russian join or just knit one stitch with both new and old strands. One stitch is enough to join and won’t be noticeable in the finished sock.

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Didn’t get much done today. But enough to know I will have to join a new ball of yarn. I plan to try your suggestion. My question is: can this method be used with any yarn. In particular thinking of bernat blanket yarn. I’m also working on a throw using this yarn I mentioned. Weaving in ends not my favorite task.

Well I think I might have answered my own question. Pulled out the throw to work on it and I can’t see the construction of this yarn to work using that join. Could be wrong but, hmmm.

No, won’t work with Bernat blanket. You’d need a plied yarn.
I haven’t met the person who likes to weave in ends yet but when I do I’ll be sure to have some work for him or her.
Here’s a way of weaving in ends as you knit.

I notice in this particular video the new yarn is knitted with 2 strands (working yarn and it’s own tail) which I find too bulky. It depends what yarn and pattern of course but I have not liked having 2 strands worked on the stitches. However I have done weaving in as you knit the way the old tail has been worked in and I usually find this neat. I really just stopped by to say its possible to leave the second (new) tail behind and then lift it into the next row/round and weave it in as you knit there, it avoids the double strand hut still means the ends ar woven in neatly.

I don’t always use this method, depends what I’m doing but I do like it.

Well my first pair of socks are finished. I pushed through and had just enough yarn but I was prepared to do Russian join if needed, since I had not discarded the yarn I had trimmed at beginning of second sock so pattern matched color wise. So now I decided to save that yarn in a little baggy and label for where it was used in case I ever need to do a repair. Thumbs up to me. I am blocking socks now and will post a pic when done.

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Yay, you! Good idea to save the yarn just in case. It’ll be fun to see the finished pair.

Big thumbs up to you. Socks sound soooo scary to me!

Thanks. I was a little intimidated at first. But the pattern I purchased had access to a step by step tutorial. I think I’m a very visual person when it comes to learning. This was perfect for me. I learned the construction of a sock. Finally understood the words people used. Anyway was very easy process. They fit perfectly and can’t wait to start another pair.

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The way I join yarns is k 1 from one ball, then k 1 from the next. Do so for several sts.

Twining also helps weave in ends. Nothing shows.


This is a great tip I have not come across before. And if my head is on straight enough to visualise this correctly, it would work on reverse stocking stitch which is just what I need on my current project. I can’t weave in the ends whilst knitting rev st st, it all weaves the wrong side (by wrong I mean RS) so I have to leave tails and weave in later.
I’m going to try this tip. Thanks