How to ply yarn (video)

On Craft, Becky Stern presents a video of how to ply yarn.


  1. Haha…my main wheel is a Babe! Love the PVC and double treadle all the way!!!

    I’ve also got an Ashford which I never grew to love…I’d love to have a spare $1000 for a Jensen though!

  2. Lousy video.

    In the intro Becky shows us a 3-strand yarn that’s not plied together, and says her professor will show us how to ply yarn.

    But he doesn’t. He only twisted a 1m length of yarn into 2-ply 1/2m length. But how do you ply yarn longer than that. And how do you ply together 3-strands?

    When he ran the spinning wheel, the whole thing moves too fast, and the camera angle is such that I couldn’t see what’s going on.

    I learnt nothing from watching that 6 min video. Twice.

  3. I agree with Dainel…totally uninformative video.
    I was hoping to learn something new here, but the video doesn’t really explain much of anything.

  4. I’m a Schacht kinda girl, personally.

    What’s hard about this question is that anyone with the means to ply their singles probably already knows the process of doing it. If you have and can use a wheel, you understand the mechanics of spinning fibers together into a cohesive whole.

    If you aren’t a spinner, you are probably going to have to find a friend with a wheel and get their help, in which case, the real live demo in person will always be more useful.

    The big bummer is that your end product will be a skein or several skeins instead of a nice neat cone like the one shown in the beginning. Most wheels don’t have bobbins big enough to hold that much yarn so you’ll probably have to cut your yarn part way through the plying process.

    I guess it’s up to the individual to decide if a bunch of plied skeins is actually more convenient than an unplied cone.

  5. Brings back fond memories. I grew up on “Sugar Creek Ranch” in Oregon, and one of the things I learned from my mom was how to spin yarn shorn from our sheep (sheep: foul creatures with brains the size of thimbles).

    Now I work at the largest software company in the world, helping game companies make full use of the Xbox 360. Home schooling can work, if done right. (Mom had teaching credentials, and was extremely sharp.)

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