Plying consists of spinning two or more strands together. It’s important to ply in the opposite direction that the fiber was spun. This lets the spun singles untwist slightly and helps them grab onto each other. I like to ply three strands together. Think back to your high school geometry. Remember…three points equal a plane. Irregularities in the width of the singles disappear and the result is a nice round strand.
But wait! The yarn is not ready to use yet. You have to set the twist so it won’t try to untwist.
Part three of this post will show you the secrets of getting the yarn to behave!