How to Ply Yarn: From Plying on a Drop Spindle to Creating Plied Yarn on a Wheel

This is a gateway into the vast world of yarn design. Why are spinners today so committed to plied yarn? After all, it is optional—why take the extra time to ply? There are many good reasons. Mastering the skill and knowing all of the benefits can make all the difference between an ordinary thread and getting just the type you want. This fascinating eBook from the experts at Spinning Daily uncovers all of the opportunities, benefits, methods, techniques, and the art of plying yarn. Don’t wait; download your free guide today!


A plied yarn is stronger, more consistent, and more stable than the singles from which it is made. Also, in the ply structure, more of the individual fibers are covered and protected from abrasive wear, light and chemical damage. Whether you’re learning for the first time, want to weigh the benefits of single- vs. multiple-ply yarn, or want tips for plying on a drop spindle, this eBook is packed with helpful tips for spinners of all skill levels.




What’s inside?

Discover interesting history and the many purposes that the craft serves depending on the project your material will be used for. The experts at Spinning Daily have compiled a guide, full of colorful images, tips, and various techniques for achieving the texture and effects that you really want. Download this amazing eBook free and experience the joys of plied yarn.


Plied Yarn

A Closer Look by Rita Buchanan


Plying is optional—using unplied or singles yarn—saves precious time. Efficiency and productivity were urgent concerns when everything was made from handspun fiber, which explains why, traditionally, most handspun textiles were made from singles. Yet some traditional textiles were made from two-ply yarns, and now we usually ply. Learn about psychological motives, practical benefits, and design opportunities of the craft.


How to Ply Yarn

Self-Ply by Carol Huebscher Rhoades


Have you been perplexed in a spinning class when the teacher recommends letting the singles "self-ply" or "ply back on itself" to test the yarn size? It’s a simple technique that one often sees in classes but isn’t usually described in spinning books.


Drop Spindle Plying

Plying on a Spindle by Maggie Casey


This method is easy! In fact, there are many ways to do it: Andean plying, multiple spindles, center-pull ball, and more. Maggie has tried them all and she prefers to transfer the singles from her spindle to a storage device (such as a felt ball) before plying. She wraps the yarn around small felt balls and puts each ball in its own upside-down clay flowerpots threading the yarn through the hole in the bottom to manage the yarn while she plies—a trick she learned from Rita Buchanan.


Reasons to Ply Yarn

The Art of Ply by Judith MacKenzie


As many spinning teachers will tell you, this method covers a multitude of sins—at least of the textile kind! It does this in a number of ways: it makes the finished yarn more consistent, much stronger, and certainly more stable. The consistency comes from averaging out the diameters of the singles as they are plied together. When we ply, thin and thick places will often merge together, and when they don’t, there are good plying tricks to help this happen. Of course, the more singles used to make a plied yarn, the more opportunities available to make an even yarn. It also takes only a third of the time it takes to spin the original singles and plied yarn will make much more fabric than the singles will.


Chain Plying

Plying Chained Singles by Dodie Rush


Commonly known among spinners as "Navajo-plying," plying chained singles produces a three-ply yarn from a bobbin of singles yarn and is accomplished by "chaining" loops; each new loop is drawn through the previous loop. With this technique, you can create the appearance and stability of three-ply yarn from one bobbin of singles instead of three. You may be familiar with chaining a warp for weaving, creating a crochet chain, or making a chain stitch in embroidery, but you can’t make a stable yarn just chaining a strand of spun singles. The chained singles need sufficient twist in the opposite direction to balance the twist of the singles.


Andean Plying

by Rudy Amann


For spinners using handspindles, the Andean plying method is an easy way to ply the yarn from a spindle. It is also a great way to ply small samples—a spinner’s equivalent to a knitter’s swatch. Rudy spins a singles for about twenty minutes and then uses the Andean hand wrap to prepare the yarn for plying.

This free plying tutorial download is an essential resource.

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plying with a drop spindle