How to Spit-Felt

By Kay Gardiner
February 10, 2022

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  • I thank you and my temperature blanket thanks you!

  • Started my blanket last night and woke up thinking about brushing up on this topic and here you are. Thank you!

  • Great stuff! I’m guessing it would work for weaving, as well…..many thanks.

    • It does, and it looks great

  • I love this technique! My blanket edge is looking so much better without all the woven-in ends.

  • Great! I use it all the time with appropriate fibers. It doesn’t work with superwash yarn, though,

    • I have spit spliced superwash wool before and it has worked. Use at your own risk!

      • Definitely depends on the yarn. After I had spit-spliced dozens of projects, maybe 10 of them SW, with never a problem, a superwash baby blanket fell apart at each splice within months of my gifting it. Very very embarrassing & impossible to repair once the mom actually got back to me about it.

  • I like using one hand and the jeans I’m wearing. It gives some really friction and always works faster than using the palms of both hands

  • When I learned this trick a few years ago, it was a game changer. Until then, I didn’t like doing striped things with lots of colors because of all those ends. Now, easy peasy color changes means almost everything I knit these days has stripes or lots of color changes.

  • I am about six blocks into my own combination green/peach/orange Color Explosion throw and well, duh, I should have been doing a spit join!! So much tidier! So from now on, that’s what’s going to happen. Thank you for reminding me of a simple technique that is just brilliant.

  • Been spit-felting for years…it’s such a time-saver (and yarn saver!) I use it whenever I can. And for most non-animal fibers: Russian join! Works almost the same way.

    • Thanks for the reminder about the Russian join!!

  • For what it’s worth I add a small extra step— I thread one end through a sharp embroidery needle and weave it through the other end going in the opposite direction so they are intertwined, and then spit felt them together. Found it’s way simpler for me than fussing with breaking off one of the plies and gets a similarly smooth result

  • You’re killing me, Kay. I finished my garter stripe shawl, which is about the size of Montana, last night while watching Nathen Chen win his gold medal. And now I’m facing eleventy-billion ends to weave in.

  • I’m anxious to try snapping off one of the plies. I recently spit felted a dk yarn overlapping the ends full strength and the join is too thick and not as flexible as the rest of the fabric.

  • I also spit felt new skeins onto the ones that have run out mid-row, especially helpful when playing yarn chicken! doesn’t everyone have an Uncle Bob?

  • Been doing this for awhile! But my understanding is that it’s the enzymes in saliva, very specifically, that work to create a strong join with natural animal fibers, not simply the wetting of the yarn with a liquid.

  • This is why knitters don’t have a secret handshake.

    • Haha!!

  • Brilliant! Good thing I’m getting a late start on this!

  • I’ve found that my slipped stitch edge on my temperature blanket looks better if I split the plies and felt only two plies together. I’m getting speedy at it now.

  • OK, I just found you yesterday and I am in love. Great information and beautiful projects.

  • I’ve been spit-splicing my color explosion throw, and rather than planning ahead as Kay describes, I wait until the end of the row and then splice with 4-6 inches of the old color because honestly, one of my favorite things is the little section of old color that starts the row of the new color.

  • Saved me a Google search!

  • If I want to avoid mixing the two colours, I just fold one over the other so when I spit-splice each colour is being felted to itself.

  • last year i made a temperature COAT (following EZ’s ASJ pattern) and spit-spliced the heck outta the wool i used (morehouse merino). later i knit another (much smaller) sweater using 20 colors of kate davies milarrochy tweed, changing shades every 1-3 rows, and again spit A LOT. this method is a tad messy but a life-saver, esp. when you aren’t too keen on weaving in ends. fyi, i only separate plies and trim when the wool is extra fluffy. go forth and be spittiful!

  • There are few things in my life that I have learned that is pure magic. This is definitely magic!