While it’s possible to use singles (yarn that hasn’t been plied), yarn that has been plied is much stronger, easier to work with and more balanced. Balanced yarn doesn’t twist back on itself with the energy that newly spun singles will, and it makes for a more consistent finished project.
Many inventive spinners have adapted basic plying techniques. We’ll give you two different methods to start with: plying yarn using a lazy kate and spinning wheel and using an Andean bracelet to ply on a drop spindle. Watch the slideshow below for a step-by-step guide.