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Oct 24, 2013 13:10:12   #
Andyz280f
 
How many strands of worsted weight yarn would I have to knit together to make it super chunky?
I found the color that my wife really likes for a sweater I am about to make for her.
 
Oct 24, 2013 13:15:49   #
jvallas (a regular here)
 
From the LionBrand site (http://www.lionbrand.com/faq/16.html)
About Yarn: Can I combine two strands of one weight to equal a larger weight?

Yes, you may use two strands of a finer weight yarn held together to approximate the gauge of a thicker yarn.

The following are approximate equivalents; however, as with all substitutions, you should check to make sure you're obtaining gauge.

2 strands fingering = one strand sportweight
2 strands sport = one strand worsted weight
2 strands worsted = one strand chunky to super bulky weight*

*2 strands of a lighter worsted yarn (e.g. Wool-Ease or Fishermen's Wool) held together may approximate the thickness of a chunky yarn, while 2 strands of a heavier worsted weight yarn (e.g. Vanna's Choice) held together may approximate the thickness of a super bulky yarn. Because of this range, again, we recommend that you should make a gauge swatch to test.
Oct 24, 2013 13:16:39   #
SouthernGirl (a regular here)
 
Thanks for this information.


Remember to swatch whatever you choose.


jvallas wrote:
From the LionBrand site (http://www.lionbrand.com/faq/16.html)
About Yarn: Can I combine two strands of one weight to equal a larger weight?

Yes, you may use two strands of a finer weight yarn held together to approximate the gauge of a thicker yarn.

The following are approximate equivalents; however, as with all substitutions, you should check to make sure you're obtaining gauge.

2 strands fingering = one strand sportweight
2 strands sport = one strand worsted weight
2 strands worsted = one strand chunky to super bulky weight*

*2 strands of a lighter worsted yarn (e.g. Wool-Ease or Fishermen's Wool) held together may approximate the thickness of a chunky yarn, while 2 strands of a heavier worsted weight yarn (e.g. Vanna's Choice) held together may approximate the thickness of a super bulky yarn. Because of this range, again, we recommend that you should make a gauge swatch to test.
From the LionBrand site (http://www.lionbrand.com/... (show quote)
Oct 24, 2013 14:42:43   #
jvallas (a regular here)
 
You're welcome. I found it interesting myself.
Oct 25, 2013 09:04:29   #
betty boivin (a regular here)
 
I strand often as i also weave and have loads of cones of different size yarns, i simply swatch until i get desired thickness.
Oct 25, 2013 20:40:19   #
Linda6885 (a regular here)
 
probably 3 strands, but you will have to swatch for gauge to be sure. A neat alternative, is something called Navajo plying Look it up on youtube. It is easy, no twisting like regular plying of yarn. it is more like making long chains with your fingers.
 
Oct 25, 2013 20:52:17   #
wiremysoul
 
I love navajo plying to get superbulky thickness. I knit some 3-Strand Slippers last year for Christmas gifts, and used Navajo Plying to get my 3 strands.

If you are familiar with crocheting a chain at all, that's what Navajo Plying is. Make a slip knot, but draw your loop out a few feet, then cast on with the loop (2 strands) and the strand leading to your skein (3rd strand) held together. Whenever you find the end of the loop nearing your needles, reach into it and draw another loop through from the skein, and you've got 3 strands again.

Lucy Neatby demonstrates on YouTube.
Oct 26, 2013 02:02:21   #
TawnyaFletcher
 
Wiremysoul, that is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing. :)
Oct 26, 2013 14:39:10   #
Andyz280f
 
wiremysoul wrote:
I love navajo plying to get superbulky thickness. I knit some 3-Strand Slippers last year for Christmas gifts, and used Navajo Plying to get my 3 strands.

If you are familiar with crocheting a chain at all, that's what Navajo Plying is. Make a slip knot, but draw your loop out a few feet, then cast on with the loop (2 strands) and the strand leading to your skein (3rd strand) held together. Whenever you find the end of the loop nearing your needles, reach into it and draw another loop through from the skein, and you've got 3 strands again.

Lucy Neatby demonstrates on YouTube.
I love navajo plying to get superbulky thickness. ... (show quote)


Thanks wiremysoul,

I am going to try that one right now.

Andy
 
          
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