Knitting with two strands of yarn

a knitting tip for day 17 of blogjune

For my sky scarf I’m knitting with two strands of yarn held together. I also split each skein of yarn in half so now I can choose to knit two strands of the same colour or mix up the colours to match the colour of the sky.

The yarn band gives you a suggested needle size and gauge when you’re knitting with a single strand but what to do when you’re doubling the yarn?

The magic number is 0.72 (courtesy of Fiber Gypsy).

Take the regular gauge for the yarn, in my case 22 stitches to 10 cm, and multiply by 0.72 to get the new suggested gauge of 15.84, or close enough to 16 stitches to 10 cm.

If you can find another yarn with that gauge you’ll have a good idea of where to start with needle sizes. Ravelry would be a good place to go looking but luckily mine came in at the same gauge as Patons Jet which I know recommends 5.5 mm needles so that’s what I used. Simple once you know the magic number!


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