Jillian’s Spinning: Woolen, Worsted and Woolen-N-Worsted
Last week I accidentally plied a woolen singles and a worsted singles together, making woolen-n-worsted 2-ply instead of a woolen or worsted 2-ply.
I spun more singles and plied woolen to woolen and worsted to worsted and knit all of them into swatches.
Here are close ups of the woolen 2-ply and worsted 2-ply – they are both Corriedale.
As I’d expect woolen is fuzzier and worsted is smoother. The worsted stitches look crisper too.
Here is the woolen-n-worsted swatch:
Smooth-ish and the stitches are a little squirrelier than a worsted. Here’s a closer look:
I can see the two different plies in this one, especially in the garter stitch at the top and bottom. It’s interesting too, that this swatch is heavier than the woolen swatch but not as heavy as the worsted swatch. It hits the middle in all things. There is nothing wrong with this yarn, I would use it for any project, I would even sneak it in with a wholly woolen or worsted project, but probably around the edges.
Can you see the difference? Would you knit with it?
Jillian is the author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts.
She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing.
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