Chain-Plying: Basics and Beyond

Kate Larson

Sunday PM

Also known as Navajo or N-plying, chain plying is a technique that in its most basic form creates a three-ply yarn out of a bobbin of handspun singles. While simple in construction, this useful plying method can feel a bit complicated at first. Kate will share tips for yarn management, including bobbins and lazy kates, to give you more control throughout the process. Starting from the beginning with basic, balanced chain plied yarns, we will go on to explore multi-strand, beaded, and textured options. This class welcomes spinners who have never chain-plied and those who would like to see where else this technique might take you.

Skill Level: Ability to spin and ply a basic yarn.

Material fee: $10 Spinning fibers, handouts, and recordkeeping materials.

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Student Supplies: A working wheel with an extra bobbin and lazy kate.

Homework: At least a half bobbin of handspun singles. A gauge between lace and DK weight work best. Do you have a partial bobbin of random singles in your spinning basket? That's just what you need! Contact Kate if you have any questions.