How Do You Feel About Putting Knots In Your Crochet?

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So here’s a curious question for all of you crochet-ers out there. How do you feel about the thought of tying knots into your work?

The two most common times to do this would be:

  1. When changing colors. Instead of doing the proper method of yarning over with the second color and working it into the piece, you instead knot the two colors together, cut off the yarn close to the knot and work the knot into the design.
  2. When finishing. Instead of just weaving in the ends you would tie a knot in the end of the project to make sure that it is unlikely to come apart. You may do this in addition to weaving in ends or in place of it.
I will admit that I have no qualms about putting knots in my work. In fact, I prefer it to the other more traditional, more correct methods. I wouldn’t necessarily do it if I was creating an item for someone who also has good technical crochet skills. And I wouldn’t be likely to submit a piece with knots in it to a book publisher. But in general I prefer to use knots in the work I make myself (always), the stuff I make friends (almost always) and the stuff I sell (sometimes). Obviously I hide them within the work itself but I’m not embarrassed about using the method.
I think this is an interesting question because it’s a little controversial. I’ve found people who fall on both sides of the debate. Rachel over at Crochet Spot once mentioned that she doesn’t have a problem putting knots in her work. Mary Beth Temple, on the other hand, notes in her book Hooked for Lifethat she hates the idea of putting knots in her work and won’t even consider making a magic ball of yarn for that reason.
So I ask you – how do you feel about purposely putting knots in your crochet work? You can share your answer with me over on Facebook.

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Kathryn

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21 Comments:

  1. I’m not opposed to knots in my finished products. I worry that when I am changing colors my work will come out and instead of some nice piece with one or two rows of something it will be a big tangled yarn ball.
    I am working on sewing ends, learning magic ball techniques, etc.

    -r

  2. I will do both, but I don’t cut the yarn close to the knot. Instead I weave the ends and the knot into my work. If it’s a color-change knot, I will simply crochet my next round over the knot. Everything still looks clean, and I like the knots for added security.

  3. I weave in the ends, then split the yarn and tie it off and cut it. Otherwise it always seems to come unwoven.

  4. A very interesting question, because I thought about that a lot lately. I’ve never made knots in my work so far, but for my latest project (you know – the magic blanket ride) I haven’t found another way. I frequently need a new skein of the two main colors and I just don’t know how I can weave in the ends in this special crochet structure (in the middle of a row), so I join the new skein with a knot. It bothers me a little, but I know that this is probably the most inconspicuous solution.

    • Hi Barbara – I’m sure there’s probably some other method but I don’t know what it would be. Meant to mention that I love your patchwork crochet stones this week!

  5. wow, I have no idea, why I’m posting with this profile now (see comment above) – this is barbara from k-town :)

  6. I knot. They seem more secure to me. I leave the tails, though, don’t cut them close, and weave them in properly.

  7. I always knot my ends and then weave them in – I also have knots in my scrappy round ripples I crochet. Doesn’t bother me one bit.

    Debi Y. :)

    • @Debi Y. – Thanks for sharing. I’ve been interested to see how many people are totally okay with putting knots in their work. I thought I was making a serious crochet faux pas!

  8. hmmm interesting. I taught myself to knit and crochet just over two years ago. I’m not completely read up on the subject (didn’t know not tying knots was an option lol) I join the colors normally working it into the work but when I’m done and am going to weave in ends I do tie knots (small tight ones) before weaving in. I am so paranoid of my work unraveling… so am I overworking? lol great post Kathryn

    • @Cristina – Thanks for sharing. I’m so intrigued by people’s position on this since there are such varied opinions!

  9. I never put knots in my crochet work. And if I come across a knot in a ball of yarn, I undo it and join the yarn in the “correct” way.

    • @Victoria – Thanks for sharing – I was wondering if anyone was going to say that they never add knots! Good for you!

  10. I use knots after I’ve weaved ends in. That’s the only time I do use knots. I prefer to change colors without knots – less bumpy. No matter how I plan it, my knots come through when trying to crochet them into my work.

  11. I do use knots because I’m more concerned about work coming undone than with it being perfect. Then again, I’m not submitting anything to publishers either. I would love to learn not to use knots and I’ll have to investigate this “magic ball technique.” Thanks for the discussion. I love learning things on other’s blogs.

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  14. I hate having knots in my work. Like in the middle of a skein, and all of a sudden there one is! GRRR! Makes me so mad. There should never be a knot nt yarn you by. That said, I still hate putting knots in my work, but can’t say I’m above that. Ye,s I have done it before, but only if it could really be hidden,. I don’t even like the joins looking like knots. So I try differnt ways to avoid them. But sometimes the yarns just begging you to knot it and get it over with. LOL

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