Spinning for Socks: Q & A

WilyG asks: What do you mean by 2×2 Chain-ply?

A: What I mean is actually “cable” ply. For some reason I keep calling it chain plying, which is the same as Navajo plying (plying via a giant crochet chain). Cable-ply is when you take a plied yarn and ply it to another plied yarn. A 2×2 cable-plied yarn would be two two-ply yarns plied together. So, a 4 ply yarn, made of 2 2-plies.


Ted: What is “hosiery twist?”

A: Hosiery twist is a tight plying. In most technical terms, it’s 15.35 tpi (twists per inch)


Feel free to ask any more questions you’ve got!

EDIT: Fixed the bit about cable/chain plying.

That’s all for now!

~The Gnome

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6 Responses
  1. Word Lily says:

    Hmm. I’ve always heard chain-ply to be the equivalent of navajo-ply, thus a 1 strand to “3-ply” technique. I thought when you plied two already-plied strands together that was called a *cabled* yarn.

  2. Dan, I thought chain-ply was Navajo plying and CABLE plying was plying two plied yarns together. Chain plying is making essentially a giant crocheted chain, hence the name. Can you clarify?

  3. Jennigma says:

    ditto Jenny above. And I know you know this. :-) More coffee for the Gnome, STAT!!

  4. LOL Poor Dan–at least you know people are reading! ;) *hugs*

  5. Also, for the record, now I do want to try a 2×2 ‘chain’ ply. Because, well, why not? XD

  6. Meg Caulmare says:

    I have a question off the ply subject. How do you get your down breed rovings? Do you source the fleeces and have the rovings prepared from them? I’m just curious. I’ve had a couple of beautiful down-breed fleeces over the years. One, a Hampshire fleece, was amazing for length, softness, and loft, making perhaps the nicest general hand-knitting yarn I’ve produced (although it took some work). The UMass sheep program at the Hadley Farm raises some incredibly nice Dorset wool, too, and I’ve had a couple of those. You can dye pastels on Dorset, as I find I am the last to know. :)

    So I was just curious if you find the growers and work from there, or if there are people who focus on down breeds for spinners.

    Keep up the good work! Sorry to have missed everyone at the Fiber Festival at the Big E. I’m glad the power came back on so the show could go on.

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