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Knitting technique – Do you need 3 skeins of thread at the same time? Try Navajo Knitting!

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Do you know this new knitting technique for three strands of yarn? If you didn’t have three strands beforehand, you would make three balls with a scale, a calculator, or a guesswork. Or use two ends of a strand. As you knit, balls roll, strands become tangled and a fascinated cat causes more trouble. Try Navajo knitting.

Wait, don’t you mean a spinning technique called Navajo? Exercise?

Yes and no. People who spin yarn practice Navajo as they spin, which turns a single layer into three-ply yarn without using three bobbins or doing saturated color repetitions. Navajo knitting uses the same technique, except that you create triple yarn when knitting.

How does it work?

  1. Tie a knot in your yarn and leave a loop big enough to put your fingers through.
  2. Reach into the loop, grab your skein and pull out a nice long loop.
  3. If you hold your two loops of thread as if you were stretching out a rubber band, you will see three threads all the way between your hands, with a small link connecting two of them.
  4. Knit a few stitches with this triple yarn.
  5. When you get to the last small part of the loop, reach through it and pull out another long loop.
  6. Keep knitting and make new stitches as needed.

Make your loops as short or long as you like, but it may be preferable to create fewer links.

Do these links show up in my knitting?

Lucy Neatby, ingenious creator of this knitting technique, says that these little links don’t show much at all. So there is no need to loop from here to eternity. You can make any loop at arm’s length or whatever you (and your curious cat) find the most comfortable.

Is this set of bows like a crochet chain – on drugs?

Exactly. A crochet chain consists of a series of loops, each of which is pulled through a previous loop. The size of each loop is determined by the size of your crochet hook.

In this case there is no crochet hook, just your fingers. If you want oversized loops, let someone hold your knitting as you walk down the hallway as you create each new loop. It could be good practice.

What are the pitfalls?

  • You could knock the cat over or blacken the eye of someone sitting too close if you pull out a loop.
  • There may be a dangerous hiding improvement.

How is that possible?

Do you have a thread cone that you have stowed away? Maybe it’s a fine-stranded silk that is so beautiful that you can’t resist buying it, but can’t stand wrapping it in multiple balls for knitting?

Now you can use this yarn or any other nice, affordable knitting machine yarn for any number of delicious projects. Oops, do you suddenly have more projects than you could knit in your life?

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