2-Ply posing as a 4-ply knitting wool

I have a question for spinners (or anyone else who knows the answer): I am knitting with the Shetland knitting wools that are “2-ply that knits as a 4-ply”. I understand that the final fabric will be the same as if I’d used a 4-ply wool. And, I think it means that the 2 plies of the yarn are larger than standard 2-ply and that’s what makes it equal to a 4-ply. Is this correct? And, further, why do it this way in the first place? Why not just knit a 4-ply and be done with it?

This is probably one of those useless questions. Perhaps now that I’ve sussed how to knit a stranded pattern without constantly having to look at the chart, I may just have too much time to think while I’m knitting away…


Crafty Andy's picture

I found a great explanation online and I am posting it here for many to read as well Click on the link below and it will take you there.

2Ply 4Ply Tutorial Lesson
It has lots of great information. The site is very neat

Hope this helps

great site about ply. My contrabution is that the look of the two is very different. A two ply yarn looks different than a 4 ply. I can easily achieve a very commercial look to my yarn by Navaho plying it which makes a 3 ply yarn. But it looks a lot different than my two ply yarn and I use it for different things. I would use the 3 or 4 ply for a sweater because it would be softer and more evenly spun, hmm unless of course I wanted a lot of texture then I would use a single ply or two ply that had a lot of texture built into the yarn. Some of those can also be done very softly too. So nowadays it is whatever you want your yarn to look like and whatever you want for results. Hmm, just done with some shetland two ply laceweight natural color brown wool,,,yummy nice. Headed for a shawl in Bobbin Lace.