Knittyspin First Fall 2019: Combos Cross Pollinated

Combo spin (left) and combo draft (right) singles, ready to play.

Have you been spinning combos after reading my Knittyspin Column?

Which combo intrigues you right now, combo spin or combo draft? I’m just happy to finally see the difference between the two up close and swatched!

Of course, as soon as I finished swatching the two combos I wanted to know what yarn and cloth would look like if I combined one-ply of combo spun yarn and one-ply of combo drafted yarn.




One ply of combo drafted yarn and one ply of combo spun yarn.


Luckily, I had leftover singles on both bobbins. I plied them together and knit a swatch.

It’s exactly a combination of the two yarns. There are speckles of color from the combo drafted single and color stripes from the combo spun single.






Combo mix yarn


If you look at the bit of loose yarn in this photo you can see yellow running through it all, and blue, purple and turquoise spiraling around it. The yellow is from the combo spin bobbin and the multi colors are from the combo draft bobbin.

It makes such interesting knitted fabric. I wonder what a 3-ply with two combo drafted singles and one combo spun single would look like? Or two combo spun, and one combo drafted?

Every time I think I’m done experimenting I get a new idea!


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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. Spy on her on her website