In The Spinning Mood…

how to spin 3 ply yarn

by Chandi on January 19, 2012

“To create is to live.” -Me

Last week, I suddenly had the irrepressible urge to spin something! I decided to do this cool 3-ply spinning technique and couldn’t wait to see if the colors matched up once plied!

So I dug this gorgeous wool/silk blend roving out from the bottom of my roving stash (one of many such stashes!):


I then divided it into 3 “equal” parts, lengthwise:


I spun each one onto its own separate bobbin:



I ended up with 3 bobbins:


And plied them all together:


To make this 3-ply, worsted-weight yarn, that I adore:




And I’m currently crocheting it into a super cool hand-spun scarf!! I’ll be posting the pattern once it’s done, along with lots of finished pictures!

I also spun up some more wool, some DOG FUR!, and some MILK FIBER! Yes, I’m practically yelling those words out because I’m so excited! More details to come!

Have a blessed day and spin away!

P.S. If you’ve never tried spinning, I highly recommend it. Check out my post on Zen Spinning to see why I love it so much. :)

P.S.S. In case you’re wondering, the colors do NOT match up perfectly, but blend and flow in and out and I LOVE IT! XOXOXO

About the author

Chandi Hi, I'm Chandi! I'm a self-professed lover of all things yarn. I'm an avid knitter, crocheter, wool dyer, fleece and roving spinner and occasional felter! I offer beautiful, inspiring, hand-painted yarns and deliver the best of all yarn-related tutorials I can on my blog.

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Deborah January 19, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Beautuful !!
I was wondering if I could 3-ply, just the same as 2-ply :-)
I’m on a Spinning Staycation this week and am trying all sorts from my stash.

Can’t wait see the scarf, how many yards would I need?

Happy crocheting (and spinning).


admin January 19, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Thank you so much! Yes, you can 3-ply as shown, and also via Navajo-plying which I normally do. That’s a great technique, which is essentially creating really huge crochet chains with your single, which turns it into a 3-ply.

For the scarf, it’ll be using 2 different colors and yardage will depend upon exactly how long you make it, etc, but I’d say around 200 yards each color on average. :)


ana January 19, 2012 at 11:39 pm

this is so pretty! thanks for sharing, i wish i could’ve watched you spin, i find it mesmerizing. one day, one day i’ll try it myself :)


Linda Knisley May 30, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Chandi, I’m going to look at an antique spinning wheel this week – I don’t want to invest a huge amount of money until I determine whether I enjoy spinning as much as I enjoy knitting and crocheting. Wish me luck!!


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