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A Pair of Plying Methods

Learn how to ply yarn using a lazy kate or drop spindle and Andean bracelet.

By Debbie Moors, Photos by Stephanie Staton

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.

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Wow! Great article. I always wondered how it all came together.
Tammy, Ash Flat, AR
Posted: 10/16/2011 8:39:38 AM
It sounds like there are alot of people who are anxious to learn how to spin yarn. I breed alpacas and in Sept 2012 I am having a Fiberfest at Calloway Gardens. People will be able to sign up for classes soon. We will be teaching spinning, weaving, knitting, felting etc. using alpaca and other natural fibers. Should be a super weekend.
Bari, Douglasville, GA
Posted: 7/7/2011 5:16:38 AM
OH how I long to feel fiber running thru my hands. Working toward that dream. Thank you for supporting our dreams with your wonderful articles.
Paula, Cleveland, TN
Posted: 7/4/2011 2:54:53 PM
Always wanted to try spinning.
christine, greeley, CO
Posted: 6/13/2011 5:15:24 AM
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