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Knitting with Yarns Held Doubled

If you, like me, find yourself daunted by the amount of yarn in your stash and want to use it up quickly, one way to do so is to knit with your yarn held doubled. That simply means that you hold two strands of yarn together while working on your project. Holding two strands of fingering weight yarn held together gives you a gauge that’s close to a DK weight yarn. Two strands of sport weight yarn held together are approximately the same as one worsted weight yarn.

Say you want to knit a sweater pattern that calls for a DK weight yarn, but you have an extraordinary amount of fingering weight yarn at hand. You can swatch the fingering weight yarn held doubled and, if your gauge is right, use that instead of having to purchase DK weight yarn. You can also hold a yarn with halo, such as Berroco Andean Mist®, with a smoother yarn, such as Berroco Boboli® Lace, to add a sophisticated brushed effect to the fabric. Another reason is to create a marled effect. In this week’s free pattern, we used two similar shades of Berroco Andean Mist, but here are some examples of how this hat might look with other color combinations.

Berroco Andean Mist samples

Emily made a video on knitting with the yarns held doubled, and if you’re looking for additional opportunities to try this technique, be sure to check out these patterns.

Single Pattern PDFs - $6.00
Windham - Single Pattern PDF Camden - Single Pattern PDF Swami - Single Pattern PDF
Kennebec, free pattern

With a deep ribbed brim, this easy hat knitting pattern is made with two similar shades of yarn held together.

Knit in Berroco Andean Mist®
Skill level: Easy
PDF Pattern Instructions

Berroco Andean® Mist

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Amy Palmer, Media Director

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