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« on: June 14, 2007 05:56:44 AM »

Oh wise Crafterites!

Please forgive me for being dumb but can anyone suggest an easy way to split plies? I have some Rowan All Seasons Cotton that I want to use for knitting socks but because it's spun I can't find any efficient way to unravel the plies. I started at the top and slowly pulled but it just gets twisted. I'd appreciate any suggestions. I've already searched the board for help and checked knittinghelp.com but to no avail. Boo hoo!

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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2007 11:30:46 AM »

It's not usually a good idea to split the plies of a yarn and knit them singly.  Each single ply was spun in a particular direction and then the plies were twisted together in order to make the overall yarn balanced.  Even if you find a way to split them without cutting the yarn up into numerous very short lengths, the resulting yarn will knit up very funkily(is that a word?). The resulting FO would have all kinds of biasing in different directions and would not be seroiusly weakened.  I might try it on a scarf, just to see what would happen, but a garment that has to fit and stand up to regular use could be a real disaster.
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2007 01:54:05 AM »

Thanks so much regiknits! It seemed a rather foolhardy thing to do but I thought I might give it a try, now I'll give it up. It's also given me an excuse to buy a couple of balls of suitable yarn for the intended project.

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