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Tutorial: 3-Needle Join

A Little Sweet, A Little Sassy is a delightfully feminine piece (by yours truly) in the new summer issue of Creative Knitting. It is such a fun knit, but I know how intimidating 3-needle joins can seem if you haven't done them before. Well, let's fix that!

I'll show you the method required for the stitch pattern, as well as my favorite way to deal with multiple yarn overs.

Getting Ready

Work all the pieces that are to be joined as indicated in the pattern. When you are ready to join, place the pieces together so that the wrong side of each is facing you, ready to begin purling as usual. If you are joining on a right side facing row, you'll want both right sides to face you. You can hold the needles together with your thumb and outer fingers, while the index finger sits in the center to stabilize.

Joining Together By Purling

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Step 1: Insert your left needle into the stitch on the back right needle, purlwise.  

Step 2: Then, continue by inserting the left needle into the stitch on the front right needle, purlwise.  

Step 3: Wrap your yarn around to purl and pull the new loop back through both of the stitches at the same time. Essentially, you are working a purl 2 together (p2tog) to decrease each needle's stitch into one new stitch.

Step 4: Tighten the stitch a smidge and work your next one by repeating Steps 1-4.

Joining Together By Knitting

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Step 1: Insert your left needle into the stitch on the front right needle, knitwise.

Step 2: Then, continue by inserting the left needle into the stitch on the back right needle, knitwise.

Step 3: Wrap your yarn around to knit and pull the new loop back through both of the stitches at the same time. Same as before, you are decreasing the stitches into one new stitch, knit 2 together (k2tog).

Step 4: Tighten the stitch a smidge and continue along by repeating steps 1-4.

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The results are nearly invisible, making it possible to layer 3, 4 or even 5 pieces! Experiment with different yarn types. When dealing with extra pieces to join, just work into each stitch on each needle and "decrease" them into one stitch. Now, wasn't that easy?

I'm thinking in the next issue, I'll show you how to block your ruffles to really make them pop.