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.
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.
Thanks for this information.
Remember to swatch whatever you choose.
From the LionBrand site (
You're welcome. I found it interesting myself.
I strand often as i also weave and have loads of cones of different size yarns, i simply swatch until i get desired thickness.
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.
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.
Wiremysoul, that is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing. :)
I love navajo plying to get superbulky thickness. ... (
I am going to try that one right now.