Working With Multiple Strands Of Yarn At Once
Working with multiple strands of yarn at once is as easy as pie! Here are a few methods for you to choose from.
3 STRANDS FROM 1 SKEIN – LONG CHAIN or NAVAJO METHODThis is my all-time favourite method for working with 3 strands at once. You are basically creating a long foundation chain with giant chains and crocheting it as you go. This method is also called Navajo and is used for plying handspun yarn. Check out the video below to see how I do it. To attach your next ball of yarn, simply tie 2 ends into a knot (not 6 ends)…as shown in my Facebook video.
2-3 STRANDS FROM 2-3 SKEINSYou can also pull 1 strand of yarn from individual skeins to create a group of 2, 3 or more yarn strands. Center-pull skeins work the best for this method, otherwise your yarn balls might tangle.
WINDING IDENTICAL BALLSYou can wind identical balls by hand or with a yarn winder, using electronic scale to check the weight for accuracy. Keep in mind that when you work using an outside end of the ball by unrolling the yarn from the outside, your yarn balls will tangle if they are in the same container. So you might want to keep them separate or wind your yarn into cakes using a yarn winder (affiliate link), then pull the center end to crochet.
2 STRANDS FROM 1 SKEINYou can pull yarn from the center and from the outside of the skein at the same time. Hold these 2 ends together for working with 2 strands at once. This method is fast and works well for smaller projects. However, it will be difficult to crochet when the 2 ends are close to each other in the center of the skein.
4 STRANDS FROM 2 SKEINSUsing 2 skeins, you can pull 2 strands from each skein (from inside and outside of each skein) to create 4 strands. Use this method for smaller project to avoid frustration.
I hope you find this article helpful. If you would like to check out my rug patterns made from 3 strands of yarn, you can visit my site at IraRott.com.