The Multi-Strand Technique
Recently, Becot asked about multi-stranding in the forums, here, and that, of course, leads to more questions and tip sharing!
What is "multiple strand" crocheting?
I feel a little silly answering that question, as it is obviously crocheting with multiple strands of yarn, but, as you might expect, there is a little more to it. For this technique, the yarns are used as a single thread, vs using them individually as you do for a graphghan, for example.
I think MandaPanda sums it up beautifully, when she says, "they work up surprisingly quickly, and are so thick and squishy".
Also, if you want something really sturdy (for example, a floor mat instead of a tablecloth) this method is a great way to create the desired result.
Another benefit of the multi-strand is when you want to use one of those fancy yarns that are a bit of a headache to work with - just put it with another yarn and off you go. A little story that relates: my cousin had made a beautiful scarf for her mom and I commended her on her patience for working with such a frustrating yarn. Her response, "Not at all. I just worked it with a regular yarn and all was well." I wish I had know that trick before struggling through a scarf or two!
In the forum that started this discussion, our members were quick to respond with tips, including the following suggestion:
- when you are working with just one ball of yarn, wind it into two balls or, if you are daring, work from the outside as well as the centre-pull at the same time!
One member stated that she has worked with up to 7 balls of yarn in a multiple-strand creation. Organization is key for this - having seven balls of yarn rolling around on the floor would not be a good idea!
Also, as you can imagine, you will need a larger hook than usual. I can't imagine the size of hook used for a 7-strand item!
So, there you have it. Some basic information on multiple-strand crocheting.
And, now, it is challenge time!