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Join - variable pairs

The lazy join technique is used to join 4 pairs or 6 pairs. This is a different technique which can be used for variable number of pairs. This shows joining ten pairs! To stop the diagram becoming overwhelmingly complicated, this time each pair of threads is represented by a single line. So there are four purple pairs on the left, then a red pair, then another red pair, then four more purple pairs.

How to do a join of 10 pairs

Repeat Step

Description: This is not possible to describe using the cross/twist system, since twenty bobbins are involved.

Working: Here the pairs are not treated like single threads, as in lazy joins. Instead, they behave conventionally. All stitches are cloth stitch. The middle two pairs (red) cross over. This is not shown in detail! Then the left, red, middle pair crosses all four purple pairs to the left. The right, red, middle pair crosses all four purple pairs to the right. Put the pin in the middle. The right red pair (now on the far right) crosses the four purple pairs on the right and the left red pair (now on the far left) crosses the four purple pairs on the left. Finally, the two red pairs cross, and everything gets tightened, carefully! It is the two middle, red pairs, which keep the join together.

join of 8 pairs

As you can see, this technique tends to leave a hole in the middle! See pattern 202.

Obviously this technique could be extended for other numbers of pairs.