Among the various types of knot, the weaver’s knot and the fisherman’s knot, illustrated in Figure 1, are the two types that may be used. The latter is suitable for most yarns. The weaver’s knot is more appropriate for short-staple yarns, as it is a smaller knot, but it slips more easily when under tension.
FIGURE 1:-Fisherman’s and weaver’s knots.
The advantage of a knot is that its strength will be several times that of the yarn strength so, if properly tied, it gives reliability to the piecing. However, the knot has many disadvantages for the end user of the yarn and may be seen as “one fault replacing a worst fault.” Its main drawback is size, i.e., its thickness and tails. The weaver’s knot is two to three times the yarn thickness; the fisherman’s knot is three to four times as large. Often, therefore, it may be preferable to accept a thick place in the yarn as a compromise on the final fabric quality, even if it is of comparable thickness, since no tail ends will be present and, as it is less firm than the knot, it could be less visible in the fabric. In processes subsequent to winding, knots can be problematic. When passing at high speed through a tension device (e.g., a disc tensioner), a knot can give rise to a sudden high peak tension, causing a yarn break. Although smaller and hence preferable for finer yarns, the weaver’s knot is susceptible to untying when tensioned. In weaving, then, the alternating stresses on the warp yarn can cause slipped knots, especially with plied yarns. With densely woven fabrics, knots and tails can rub neighboring warp ends, hampering shedding and causing yarn breaks. The size of the knot can disturb weft insertion on air-jet looms, leading to fabric faults, and, in knitting, difficulty in passing a knot through needles can cause holes in the fabric because of dropped stitches or needle breaks.
The development of the splice has made a major reduction in the size of pieced ends and has therefore eliminated many of the processing difficulties mentioned above and greatly improved fabric quality. Consequently, splicing is seen as the industry standard and, although not all spun yarns can be spliced, the great majority of winding machines are fitted with automatic splicers.