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Learning How to Ply Yarn on a Drop Spindle: Part 1 - Tutorial - Expertly Dyed

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Published on Aug 31, 2013

Plying yarn was a method that had me terrified--for no reason. I understood the principle of plying, but not how to do it correctly. And I had no idea how to troubleshoot problems if I had any. My first plied yarns were weak and underplied, but then I figured out how to do them right.

In this (verbose) tutorial, I will show you one way to ply handspun yarn together into a 2-ply yarn. There are other ways to do this, but the two main reasons why I like doing this are: 1) I will use up all of my handspun in the plying; and 2) It's easier to have a consistent twist throughout the one single, rather than having to make 2 skeins of similar twist (might be a challenge for beginners, but go for it if you want).

I nearly always prefer to use this method of plying if I'm going to make a 2-ply yarn. When I don't, it's usually because I'm combining two different yarns together. However, the same principles apply.

Note: If you don't have a ball winder, I will make a future video explaining how to make one without the device.

Tools needed:

Drop spindle
Spun single
Ball winder (you can also combine two different balls of yarn together)
ME! (in this video, of course)

As always, if you want me to do another tutorial video, just let me know in the comments section. I'm happy to make more videos for you, and if there's anything I missed, do let me know!

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