Have you ever crochet with two strands

@venshida (4837)
United States
October 16, 2009 8:00pm CST
I was watching a video on Youtube a couple of days ago, and the young lady was using two strands to make slippers. I am thinking she probably did not have a thicker yarn that's why she did it. If I was crocheting a project and the yarn was thin, I would of purchase a thicker yarn. Have you ever use double strand, and why?
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• United States
10 Nov 09
I have- I did it with 2 different colors of yarn to get a desired effect. Yeah it makes it thicker but it's not about thickness 10% of the time. You may need/want to drop 1 strand at some point. If you are using a thicker yarn, you'll be stuck with 1 color, 1 thickness. It definitely has its uses!
@venshida (4837)
• United States
26 Dec 09
I understand different variations for a certain pattern, but her reason was for the thickness.
• United States
26 Dec 09
Yes, I am well aware of that the question was pertaining to thickness and I answered as such. I was pointing out that using 2 strands to make a thick yarn rather than just USING a thick yarn can be useful, maybe better, because you can drop a strand and join a new strand in a different color or whatever. It achieves a neat look/effect while keeping the thickness. I was saying it doesn't have to be just about the thickness that you use 2 strands, but the color aspect too. That's all!
• United States
21 Dec 09
Oh come to think of it it would cost the same amount of money for 2 thin cheaper yarns as 1 thick one would cost. I saw a pattern for slippers using wool yarn and then putting them in the washer to thicken up the yarn and make the slippers fuzzy.I saw a guy on youtube make a spiral multi colored and black hat. He used two strands of yarn and rotated so one color stayed underneath creating the spiral effect. That was really neat. By the way anyone know of any good sites to buy yarn? I could use some ideas myself.
@venshida (4837)
• United States
26 Dec 09
Yes, it is expensive. The designs you reference sound interesting. I don't know of any good yarn sites.
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
17 Oct 09
I can't crochet but would like to learn. Is there a beginner video on U-tube that shows how to crochet? I can knit but wouldn't use thin yarn either. I also use 4 ply yarn when making items with plastic canvas. Seems to hold up much better and won't fray as fast.
• United States
10 Nov 09
oh yeah there are TONS of videos on youtube for crocheting help and instruction. I would just type in crochet instruction, crochet lessons, or crochet help. Hope that helps! Also, in crocheting when you are using a thinner yarn, you use a smaller hook and vice versa with a thicker yarn.
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
17 Oct 09
I don't think I have.......I would have probably remembered it if I did.....and I think you are right...why not just get thicker yarn? Weird!
@venshida (4837)
• United States
17 Oct 09
Yea, definitely strange.
• United States
20 Jul 12
My Aunt crochets that way all the time. However, she only does that with usually a standard ply and something thinner typically but I've seen her use two of similar ply. I've only done it with a standard ply and something thin like cotton thread.
• United States
20 Mar 12
This is true when I have very thin yarn i look to use another yarn along with it to make it thicker when making granny squares i usually do this when I order a package box from e-bay and get all sorts of yarn try to match what I can happ crocheting
@fatragu (516)
• United States
17 Oct 10
I have crocheted with two strands many times before. It is used to make the product thicker and warmer. I use Red Heart yarn that I pick up at Walmart. My mom taught me that if you are going to make a blanket used primarily in the winter time then use two strands because it will keep the person warmer. That is one reason why someone might use a double strand.
@Canellita (12051)
• United States
28 Dec 09
I use a double strand quite often. It gives more body to the item you are creating and you can get interesting color results, especially when using variegated yarns. Combining regular yarn with something like fun fur makes the fluffy yarn easier to work with. If you decide to combine yarns you may find you want to use a larger hook like size K or even N. Some yarns are nice but not substantial enough for rugs or hats when warmth is more of a priority than fashion. Combining yarns is a good way to use up scraps also. You can use a base yarn in a dark color and then use the bits of other yarns that have similar colors to create interesting textures of color. Try it out!
• United States
26 Dec 09
I have done two strand crochet, only when a pattern called for it. It isn't to bad to work with once you get used to it. I do like to double up on my fine yarns some times, but then I often worry if I'm going to have enough to make the project. But I agree with you, I would rather purchase thicker yarn to start with. When working with two strands, I like to knot the ends together before I start so one doesn't slip when starting.