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.1 With this technique, you can create 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.

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