Every so often when crocheting a pattern, you may want to add a little more texture, depth, or color to your project. In such cases, holding two skeins of yarn together (aka double stranding) can be a great option to add a bit more to your patterns.
This technique involves working with two strands of yarn at the same time, which is a great way to create a thicker and more durable fabric in crochet projects like hot pads, dishcloths, and even blankets.
How To Hold Two Skeins Of Yarn Together When Crocheting
- Choose two skeins of yarn that are the same color and weight. You can also choose different colors to create a marled effect.
- Unravel the two skeins of yarn and hold them together in your hand.
- Make a slipknot with both strands of yarn and insert your hook into the knot.
- Begin working the stitch pattern of your choice, holding both strands of yarn together as you go, and follow along with the pattern as written.
By holding two skeins of yarn together, you can create a thicker and more durable crochet project. The resulting fabric will be sturdier and more resistant to wear and tear.
Experiment with different color combinations and stitch patterns to create unique crochet projects that are beautiful.
Tips for Holding Two Skeins at Once in Crochet
- Select the right yarn: When working with two skeins of yarn together, it’s essential to pick the right type of yarn. Ideally, you should pick two strands of the same yarn weight, fiber content, and color. This will ensure that the strands work well together and create a cohesive look. If you’re unsure, you can always ask for recommendations at your local yarn store or online crochet community.
- Wind the skeins: Before starting your project, wind each skein into a separate center-pull ball. This will make it easier to hold the two strands together and prevent them from getting tangled or twisted. You can use a yarn winder or do it by hand.
- Start crocheting: Once you have your two balls of yarn ready, you can start crocheting. To begin, hold both strands of yarn together in your left hand and your crochet hook in your right hand. (or vice versa, depending on how you hold your yarn) Insert your hook into the first stitch as usual and yarn over with both strands of yarn.
- Adjust the tension: When working with two strands of yarn, you may need to adjust your tension. You may find that the fabric is too stiff or too loose, depending on the size of your hook, the type of yarn, and your personal crochet style. Play around with the tension until you find a comfortable and consistent stitch.
- Switch colors: If you’re using two different colors of yarn, you can create beautiful color variations by switching which strand you hold on top. For example, you can hold the darker color on top for a few rows, then switch to the lighter color on top for a few rows. This will create a subtle striping effect that adds interest to your project.
Free Crochet Patterns Using Two Skeins Held Together
All the free crochet patterns below use two skeins of yarn at the same time when worked up. I have used this technique in a variety of patterns like blankets, shawls and more!