There are so many different patterns that call for working with two,
three, or even four strands held together. Why do designers like
working with multiple strands? There are quite a few reasons. Different
colors held together and worked together as one can create a tweedy
color effect. Two
different yarns together may create a unique texture. Other times, the
multiple strands will
make for one extremely bulky yarn which enables an afghan to be worked
very quickly. Here are a few examples:
If you've never knit or crocheted with multiple strands, don't
worry: just pretend you are working with a single strand;
each stitch is made as if you were holding one strand of yarn. That's
really all there is to it.
Once you get started, you may find the strands twist
together. People have come up with all kinds of ideas to try to prevent
this from happening. You can section off a shoebox, putting one skein
in each section, and make holes in the top to feed the yarn through.
There's even a gizmo specifically made for this purpose that you may
see in stores. While these organizers will keep your balls from getting
tangled into each other, they will not keep the strands of yarn from
twisting as you knit or crochet them. This is in part due to how you
wrap the yarn around your
fingers as you feed it through as you work each stitch. I wrap it
several times and every wrap twists it. Don't worry if this happens
though; it makes no difference if
the strands are twisted around each other or not. The stitches will
look the same regardless.
Here is the one word of caution however: it's easy for the strands
get so tangled that loose loops start to form. Just take care that you
don't have any of these loops lurking as you work each stitch. If those
loops are becoming a frequent problem, try running your fingers through
and down the strands toward the skeins to eliminate some of them. If
you are still having the problem, hold the strands of yarn and dangle
the work itself, letting it spin to untwist the strands. I've found
this a much easier solution than dangling the individual skeins.
Enjoy your next multiple strand project!
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