Why does my yarn have knots in it?

December 01, 2017

Why does my yarn have knots in it?

Knots, not tangled yarn but a point where the yarn has been broken and tied back together, are a frustrating but unfortunately inevitable part of knitting with natural fibres.

Finding a knot in a new ball of yarn can be irritating but unless you hand spin your yarn, so that you know where your joins are, you’re likely to come across more than a few if you regularly knit with natural yarn.

So where do the knots come from?

Stitch & Story’s yarns are spun from 100% merino wool, a completely natural and sustainably sourced fibre.  As such, it’s not possible to have a continuous thread for an entire yarn batch that totals 1 tonne.  Knots come from spinners joining new threads or repairing breaks during the spinning process.  Knots could be anywhere in the 1 tonne of spun wool so figuring out which 100g balls have the knots to throw them away would increase the cost of all the yarn produced.  This means occasionally, but not often, you’ll find a knot in a ball of Stitch & Story yarn.

So what can one do about them?

A knot should be treated like joining a new ball.  Untie the knot or cut it out, then either spit-splice/felt it or leave a tail long enough to weave in and start knitting with the new thread.

A few knots per 1 tonne of yarn are considered acceptable but it is very rare to have knots appear in more than one ball per dye lot.  If you receive yarn from Stitch & Story that has more knots than you think it should please contact us at hello@stitchandstory.com


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