View Full Version : Beginners using 2 strands of yarn held together?

11-06-2007, 11:00 PM
Am I going to make a mess? I'm worried that errors will lead to hybrid frogs that are unrecognizable.

I bought some really pretty yarn when I first started knitting, wool from someone or the other, variegated, size 5-7 needles, tan and muted colors. I've considered using large needles and a plain lacy garter stitch, but I'd like to have a scarf in this color in a plain old relatively mindless stockinette.

Which leads me back to the original issue-am I prone to make a big mess?

Thanks for your input.


11-06-2007, 11:40 PM
How do you forsee a mess? A lot of patterns use 2 strands. They'll twist around each other while knitting, but on the needle it won't be seen when you're done. And the skeins can be put into separate baggies so they don't tangle up.

11-07-2007, 03:33 AM
Shouldn't be a problem carrying two yarns is the same a knitting with one in most cases. I am currently knitting with a mohair and a thin slubby wool silk yarn than swithing 2 two strand of the wool/silk. the mohair silk is easier because the texture is different enough that it easy to see the two strands.
I would however caution about actual multiple color knitting until you are comfortable with all other aspects of knitting. Even working with multiples can be managable if you pay attention and sort out the yarn frequently. Some knitters work in way where the yarn always hangs free and untangled but I never learned that, I just pause periodically and straighten :p

11-07-2007, 04:53 AM
I would recommend to put in a life line every 10 or 15 rows so if you do have to frog you only have to go back as far as the lifeline keeping the amount you pull out to a minimum. :thumbsup:

Don't be afraid to work with multiple strands. It is done exactly the same way as single strand. I wouldn't say you could do this mindlessly because you do want to make sure you pick up both strands for each stitch, but the lifeline will definitely help. Also, since you will be doing stockinette, pulling out and "running" a dropped stitch then using a crochet hook to pull it back up would also work instead of frogging entire rows.:wink:

Have fun and tell us how it works out.:star:

11-07-2007, 07:44 AM
I would recommend to put in a life line every 10 or 15 rows so if you do have to frog you only have to go back as far as the lifeline keeping the amount you pull out to a minimum. :thumbsup:

Dumb question-what's a lifeline? (My lifeline is my LYS owner!) :teehee:

11-07-2007, 09:00 AM
Hi Boo!
A lifeline is the greatest tip I've received to date.
Let's just say after row 5, you thread a tapestry needle with crochet thread, which is very thin or dental floss and thread it through row 5....that way...if you do make a mistake in row 6 or 9, you don't have to rip the entire scarf out...just back to row 5 where you will reinsert your needle and begin knitting again...it's wonderful!
Hope that explains!

11-07-2007, 09:47 AM
If you put each skein of yarn in a seperate baggy, close the baggies and just leave a small opening for the yarn, it will really help in not getting the 2 yarns tangled together.
You should be fine... enjoy your project!

11-07-2007, 11:58 AM
The first time I tried this I was afraid too.
I never heard of a lifeline... I might try that now too.

However, I have now knit up to 4 strands together, even 4 bulky weight strands to make my hubby a car seat "cushion" which I made with 4 strands knitted together of Lion Suede which is 5 ply or bulky yarn. So far, he has found 3 errors where I didn't quite knit in one loop of the 4 strands... and they are easy to fix for I just use a plastic needle found in yarn depts and "sew" it down. The cushion was made 22 inches by 18 inches, and the strands never even ran or moved.

Just go slow and make sure you catch both yarns in each stitch. Once you start getting the idea, you'll speed up some too.

11-07-2007, 12:30 PM
You will be fine just give it a go and see x

11-07-2007, 12:36 PM
How do you forsee a mess? A lot of patterns use 2 strands.

I forsee a mess because I'm a pessimist! That and I tend to get lost in thought, lose my focus on my project, and wham! Error.

Becky Morgan
11-08-2007, 10:19 AM
In case you're working from yarn that needs to be rewound into a ball, you can wind both together. I know not everyone likes to do it that way, but it works for me.

11-08-2007, 03:54 PM
One of my first projects was the 6-hour throw that holds together 4 strands its really not that hard you just have to make sure you don't drop a strand

11-08-2007, 06:22 PM
I was thinking about the ziplock baggie thing and thinking of putting a hole in one of the corners to thread the yarn out of and then completely zipping the baggie closed. Seems like that would make it pretty secure and lessen the chance of tangling...