Monday, April 23, 2012

How I Do A 2-Ply Yarn On A Spindle

In a recent comment following another post, Becca asked if I'd share my 2-ply technique.  Sure!  Here's a project that illustrates it.

I started with this Green Flash BFL/Silk sample from Friends in Fiber.

I separated it into 8 strips and spun a thin single, following each end with its matching end:

In order to ply, I wrapped it around my hand, while holding the inner end so as not to lose it.

Then I took out my thumb, to make tension more reasonable, tied the two ends together and attached the combined end to the spindle.

Finished yarn: 91 yards of 2-ply, self-striping laceweight yarn, weighing .35oz.
I knitted 1.9 grams (17.4 yards, by my calculations) of it into this sweater.  :)
Becca, thanks for the question!  :)


  1. Thanks for sharing! It looks kind of like a combination of a plying ball and traditional Andean plying. :) I think I'll give it a try on my next fiber I want to ply.

  2. NEAT! But what do you do with the yarn on your hand? Do you keep it on your hand and unwind it from your hand as you go? Thanks for this mini tut!

    1. Yes, I keep it on my hand and unwind it as I go.