Andean Plying

Did you ever have a bit of yarn left on a bobbin after plying? There's too much to throw it away, but not enough to go through the hassle of splitting it between two bobbins. Andean plying is a quick and easy solution.

No extra tools are needed. Just use this simple technique in wrapping the single around your hand, forming a yarn bracelet, and you're ready to ply.

1. Tie a slip knot, and put it over the little finger of your left hand.

2. Bring the yarn from the little finger over the back of your hand.

3. Form a loop around your middle finger by bringing the yarn toward the palm, between your middle and index fingers, and back up between your middle and ring fingers. Now you're back at the back of your hand.

4. Bring the yarn toward your thumb and around the wrist just below your thumb, and over the wrist just below your palm, and around the little finger.

Now you have made a complete circle around your hand, with a loop around your middle finger. Repeat steps 2 to 4, wrapping loosely until you have wrapped all the yarn from your bobbin.

5. Remove the loops from your middle finger, being careful not to lose the ends of your yarn as you let the yarn bracelet drop to your wrist.

6. Remove the slip knot from your little finger and tie it to the loose end you have just finished wrapping.

Now you are ready to ply. Just join the knotted ends of your yarn from your yarn bracelet to the leader on your bobbin and you're ready to go. You will be plying the strand from the outside with the strand from the inside of your wrist bracelet, as they unwrap from around your wrist.

Copyright 2008 - Karen Poulakos Fiber Arts Studio