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Tour de Fleece 2016, Week 2: Nebula

Right after last year’s Tour de Fleece, I ran into a spinning idea that blew my mind: Navajo 4-ply. Unlike in regular navajo-ply, you have two singles running from two bobbins but you do the chain-plying with only one single at a time. It stayed nagging at the back of my head and I knew I wanted to try the technique this summer. And I had the perfect candidate in my stash: this gorgeous BFL from in the colors of the Orion nebula.

I would’ve wanted the colors to blend more but the two bobbins were pretty matchy-matchy. The finished yarn is like the best of both worlds: the color preservation of navajo-plying with the barber poling of a three-ply. Lovely!

  • On Ravelry: Nebula (TDF 2016)

  • Yardage: 225 m or 246 yd

  • Skein weight: 105 g or 3.7 oz

  • Grist: 214 m/100 g or 2140 m/kg or 1063 ypp

  • Plies: 4-ply chain-plied

  • Yarn weight: Worsted

I will definitely try this technique again. :)

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Susanna Winter is a knitwear designer, creating timeless and elegant pieces with clean lines. She has been knitting for over 20 years, knit blogging since 2007, and designing knitting patterns professionally since 2016.

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