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yarn instructions

I have a pattern that calls for double yarn. What does that mean?

 
dontcry wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

When a pattern calls for

When a pattern calls for double yarn it generally refers to using two strands of yarn as one strand and knitting away. One must watch to be certain both strands are caught in every stitch, but once used to doing it that way, it becomes rather easy.

 
knitingmom wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

yarn instructions

Sorry for the delay in responding. Didn't realize you'd not been answered!

When a pattern calls for double yarn it generally refers to using two strands of yarn as one strand and knitting away. One must watch to be certain both strands are caught in every stitch, but once used to doing it that way, it becomes rather easy.

Good luck and Happy Knitting!!!

Marian

 
KT wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

Two Strands of Yarn

You now have the answer to your original question. The instructions tell you to use two strands of yarn -- which is using your yarn doubled. If you have more than one ball of yarn, you can use a strand from each ball. If you have a ball of yarn where you can find both the inside and outside ends, you can use both these ends to work your yarn doubled. If you have one ball of yarn where you can only find an outside end, you can roll a second ball of yarn from the first and then use the strands from both balls to work your yarn doubled.

It is not necessary to roll your yarn into a single, double-stranded balls. In fact, I find doing this can cause issues with uneven feeding of the yarn, etc. When you work with your yarn doubled, don't worry about the two strands twisting around each other. If it gets too tightly twisted, you can always untwist a bit.

If you are working with two balls, you can somewhat control the degree of twisting by placing on ball on either side of you. If the balls are small enough, you can even put them in separate zip log bags or empty coffee cans. If you are working flat, that is back and forth, alternate the direction in which you turn your work because this will also help minimize twisting.

 
maribethp wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

yarn instructions

It says to use two strands of yarn.

 
alex wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

more context

If you can give us more of the instructions in context (including needle size and gauge specifications) we can probably figure out what you need. As KM pointed out "double" can mean a number of things.

 
knitingmom wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

yarn instructions

It could mean 'double knit' yarn or to use two strands of yarn together. In other words, the beginning instructions could read, "using two strands of yarn ... "

Double knit yarn is a finer yarn than four ply or worsted weight, and it could take two strands of that yarn to equal one heavy worsted yarn.

Have I confused you well? Surely do hope not. Happy Knitting!!! Marian

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