Guide to Multi-Strand Crochet | Yarnspirations (2023)

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Double-stranded or multi-stranded crochet, where you hold two or more yarn strands together as you crochet, is a terrific technique to incorporate into your craft experience. Adapting to crocheting with multiple yarns is fairly simple but you can do a lot with it if you learn all of the tips and tricks for this niche. This guide provides that foundation.

What Is Multi-Strand Crochet?

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Multi-strand crochet is a really straightforward technique in which you crochet exactly as you always do except that you hold two (or more) strands of yarn together throughout the project. This is different from niche techniques, such as tapestry crochet, where you carry one yarn behind the work and crochet only with the second yarn, switching between the two throughout the row. Instead, you are always crocheting with the yarn strands held together, effectively working with them as if they were one yarn.

Important Note: It is normal for you to run out of one strand of yarn before another strand of yarn, even if they are from the same yarn line (such as two strands of Super Saver). Yarn is sold by weight. The yardage given on a ball or skein band is the minimum yardage that the ball or skein will have, so one skein may have more than the other.

Reasons to Crochet With Multiple Strands

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(Video) Crocheting with Multiple Strands of Yarn - Benefits, Tips, & Tricks

The Super Quick Throw works up so quickly because it is created by holding four strands of yarn together. There are four different colors of yarn held together here to create a brand new colorway throughout the design.

There are several reasons to try multi-strand crochet including:

  • Quickly craft projects. The bulkier the yarn that you work with, the faster most projects go. Just think about crocheting a baby blanket with thread compared to crocheting the same size blanket with bulky weight yarn. Doubling up your yarn strands makes them thicker so the work goes faster.

  • As a substitute for bulky yarns. Perhaps you have a pattern that calls for a bulky yarn, but you don't have any bulky weight yarn in your stash. You can use multiple strands of thinner yarn types held together to effectively create that bulky yarn. See below for more precise information about yarns ubstitutions. Working with multiple strands together also creates a "chunky knit" look because the stitches look oversized in comparison to working the same stitch with a single yarn strand.

  • Create thick, plush projects. The yarn that you create when holding together two or more yarn strands is thick and can be very plush. This is great for creating dense, warm, cozy projects. For example, Snuggles Project has some free crochet patterns that call for this technique because it creates such a plush texture for the paws of the animals that receive their blankets. In some instances, double stranding can also be used to achieve structure for building crochet vessels, hat brims and other architectural details.

  • The Crochet Brim Hat uses double-stranded yarn on the brim of the hat only to create the structure necessary for the visor-style appearance.

  • Create oversized versions of projects. When gauge isn't an issue, you can use multi-strand crochet to create giant versions of smaller patterns. This is especially great for motif / appliqué patterns that you can create in much bigger versions to use as cushions and other projects. See an example below.

  • To create Ombre patterns. Although you can create ombre designs without using this technique, multi-strand crochet greatly increases the effectiveness and impact of the design. Learn how to create an ombre here.

  • To create your own colorways. Mix and match different yarn types to create your own unique yarn blends.

  • Making it easier to work with certain yarn types. For example, you can combine a novelty yarn (such as Lily Sugar'N Cream Scrub Off) with a smoother and thicker acrylic yarn that your hook can easily grasp.

  • Stash busting. You can use one color throughout a project and combine it with lots of leftover colors to get rid of extra yarn. By holding it all together with that one color throughout, you'll create a cohesive project regardless of all the different colors in the second yarn strand.

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    The Romantic Shawl is crocheted with two strands of thread held together, each a different shade of red. This creates a unique color blend and also works up quickly and easily even for people who aren't used to thread crochet.

Substituting for Thicker Yarns

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In this project, Cro-Shayley used three strands of Red Heart Super Saver (worsted weight) yarn as a substitute for the super bulky yarn that the pattern calls for.

Sometimes you want to use a particular pattern but make your own yarn substitution. The most important thing when doing this is to to make a gauge swatch before you begin. It is the only way to know for sure if your yarn choices are going to match the pattern's needs; if not then you may need to change your yarn strategy or at least change the hook size that you've selected. See more on hook sizes for multi-strand crochet below.

A good general rule to follow is that two strands of the same yarn weight will create a yarn that is 1-2 sizes greater. For example, two strands of super fine (#1) yarn will create a yarn that is fine (#2) and two strands of worsted weight (#4) yarn will be equivalent to bulky (#5) or super bulky (#6) yarn. Use this information as a starting point and then use your gauge swatch to adjust to perfection.

(Video) How to start a round crochet rug using multiple strands

Tips for Keeping Yarn Strands Together

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One of the most common issues that people have when they first begin working with multi-strand crochet is that they get their yarns tangled as they work. It can be really frustrating, but it doesn't have to happen. The trick is to keep each ball of yarn in one place without allowing them to cross over one another. When working with two strands of yarn, you may want to place one ball on your left and one on your right as you work. Here are some additional ideas for keeping your yarns separate:

  • Use yarn bowls. Placing each ball of yarn in its own bowl helps to keep the yarns separate and is especially helpful when working with more than two strands of yarn at a time. You do not have to have professional yarn bowls; there are some great DIY tutorials out there for yarn bowls made of wood, clay and even recycled plastic bottles.

  • Work from both ends of the same skein. If you want to use the same yarn for both strands of a double-strand project and you have a center-pull skein of the yarn, you can hold the center end and the outside end together and crochet with both strands at once.

  • Work from the center of center-pull yarn balls. Working with multiple balls of yarn is made easier when you pull from the center of each of them; they are less likely to tangle and it's easier to control how much yarn is coming out at a time.

  • Wind your own multi-strand balls before beginning a project. Take each ball of yarn that you're going to be working with and steadily pull the yarn out, holding the strands together, winding a new ball of your own. Having done this, you can then use the one ball of multi-stranded yarn as if it were a regular single strand ball of yarn.

One important benefit of this is that you will easily be able to tell if you have more of one type of yarn than another; this is important if you are working with the same 2+yarns throughout a project.

Choosing the Right Crochet Hook

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The Textured Travel Scarf uses two strands of Red Heart Soft Yarn. This yarn calls for a size I crochet hook; the pattern calls for the same hook size even though it is worked double-stranded.

(Video) Tapestry crochet, more than 2 colors at a time

There are no hard and fast rules for choosing the right crochet hook when working with multiple yarn strands. Here are some general guidelines that you can use as a starting point although you should always check gauge and adapt your hook selection accordingly.

  • When working with two strands of the same weight, choose the same hook size recommended on the yarn label if you want to keep the project close to the same size as the original. Note that this makes it more difficult to pull the yarn through each stitch and can be hard on the hands; it also creates a tighter structure rather than one with a lot of drape. This is perfect for items like baskets but not as good for wearables.

  • When working with two strands of the same weight, choose a larger hook size than recommended on the yarn label if you want to maintain ease of crafting and have looser drape.

  • When working with two strands of different weights, try the hook recommended for the thicker yarn.

  • When working with more than two yarn strands, choose a hook size larger than the one recommended on the thickest yarn label. For example, the Super Quick Throw uses four strands together of Red Heart Super Saver, which calls for a size I crochet hook; the pattern asks you to use a size P crochet hook for this project. The Glowing Embers Basket uses three strands of the same yarn and a size L crochet hook.

  • Skip the hook. Multi-strand crochet is perfect for finger crochet projects!

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In contrast to the Textured Travel Scarf, this Double Woven Throw also uses two strands of Red Heart Soft Yarn held together but the pattern calls for a size N crochet hook.

An Example of Creating an Oversized Project

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This example uses the Decorative Hearts crochet pattern.

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In this first sample, I've used the crochet pattern as intended, with a worsted weight yarn (I substituted Super Saver for Soft) and a size I crochet hook. Note that this is a two-sided crochet pattern and I've only worked one (front) side to show the scale of the project.

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(Video) How to Crochet with Multiple Yarn Strands

In the oversized example, I used the exact same pattern but worked with five strands of Super Saver yarn and a size S crochet hook.

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Here you can see the difference in the two hearts side-by-side. The original heart is ornament-sized; the multi-strand heart is pillow sized.

Additional Tips and Information

Here are a few more things that can be helpful to know about double-strand/multi-strand crochet:

  • It is important to maintain your tension when crocheting with multiple strands. Watch carefully, especially in the beginning, to see that you have the same tension for all strands.The goal is to work the strands seamlessly together as though they are one yarn.

  • Beware of dropped stitches! This is something that knitters know about but crocheters rarely have to worry about. However, with multi-strand crochet, you can accidentally drop a portion of the stitch with one yarn and still complete the stitch with the other strand, creating a problem in the work. If this happens, take the time to frog back and pick up that dropped stitch.

  • Double-strand crochet can be useful in bead crochet, allowing you to use small beads even when working with thick yarn. In this case, you would string your beads on to thinner thread then hold the yarn together with the threaded beads, working them as a double-strand crochet project.

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FAQs

Can you crochet with two yarns at once? ›

Double-stranded or multi-stranded crochet, where you hold two or more yarn strands together as you crochet, is a terrific technique to incorporate into your craft experience. Adapting to crocheting with multiple yarns is fairly simple but you can do a lot with it if you learn all of the tips and tricks for this niche.

Can you crochet with three strands of yarn? ›

The triple chain is a crochet technique that allows you to work with three strands of yarn at once while only working from a single skein. Because you'll be working three strands of yarn together, you can use a hook size larger than what is recommended for that size yarn or follow what is recommended in the pattern.

What is the hardest thing to crochet? ›

Typically, the Jasmine Stitch is considered by crocheters to be the hardest stitch to learn. It is certainly a beautiful stitch, but it uses a very unconventional technique that doesn't always come naturally to people.

What is the best crochet stitch for multicolor yarn? ›

The crocodile stitch creates little teeth-like pieces that are great for highlighting the different colors used in your yarn. This pattern comes in two sizes and uses only about 200 yards of fingering weight yarn. It's perfect for that special variegated skein that you never knew what you'd do with.

What is the formula of multiples? ›

To find multiples of a number, multiply the number by any whole number. For example, 5 × 3 = 15 and so, 15 is the third multiple of 5. For example, the first 5 multiples of 4 are 4, 8, 12, 16 and 20. 1 × 4 = 4, therefore the 1st multiple of 4 is 4.

How do I choose multiples? ›

You can always use the multiple that best fits your story. Thus, if you are trying to sell a company, you will use the multiple which gives you the highest value for your company. If you are buying the same company, you will choose the multiple that yields the lowest value.

What is the quickest crochet stitch? ›

So, I decided to figure out which crochet stitch works up the fastest by timing how long it takes to make swatches of 16 of the most popular stitches. The crochet stitch that works up the fastest is the treble crochet stitch, followed closely by the front loop only treble crochet.

What is the most yarn efficient crochet stitch? ›

Try using a V-stitch, filet stitch, or trellis stitch instead of a basic single, double, or treble crochet. These stitches all have spacing that allow for the project to progress without using a ton of yarn.

Does it matter which way you yarn over in crochet? ›

If you are crocheting – and this applies to all standard and Tunisian crochet stitches – passing the yarn over the hook is always the correct way to do a YO. If you're not sure which way you do it, grab some yarn and a hook.

What is the oldest crochet pattern? ›

The oldest form of crochet is slip-stitch crochet, but that is a term we give it today. It was known as “shepherd's knitting” in the British Isles and pjoining in Denmark, and had other names in other languages.

Why is crochet so addictive? ›

The sense of accomplishment you feel when crocheting

Whether it's a simple dishcloth or an intricate afghan, each completed project is a testament to your skill and hard work. This sense of accomplishment can be addictive, urging you to start (and finish) more projects so you can keep that good feeling going.

What is a Harlequin stitch in crochet? ›

Classic Crochet Harlequin Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Chain a multiple of 8 + 2. Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across; turn. Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, skip 3 sts, *(3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next st, skip 3 st, sc; repeat from * to end of row; turn. Completed Row 2.

How do you seamlessly switch colors in crochet? ›

Seamless Method of Changing Colors in Crochet Rounds

In this method, at the end of the round, slip stitch into the first stitch of the round. Now, yarn over the new color through the loop on your hook. Tug the previous color until that loop disappears.

What is the crochet Suzette stitch? ›

The Suzette stitch pattern is made by alternating single crochets and double crochets, like the lemon peel stitch, but the sc and dc are worked into the same stitch and then you skip a stitch before working another single crochet and double crochet into the next stitch.

What are the first five common multiples? ›

We know that the multiples common to two or more numbers are called the common multiples of those numbers. Now, the multiples of 2 are: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, … and the multiples of 10 are: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, …

What are 4 common multiples? ›

The first 10 multiples of 4 are given as: 4, 8, 12, 26, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36 and 40.

What are the rules of multiples? ›

What are the rules of multiplication?
  • Any number times zero is always zero. ...
  • Any number times one is always the same number. ...
  • Add a zero onto the original number when multiplying by 10. ...
  • The order of factors does not affect the product. ...
  • Products are always positive when multiplying numbers with the same signs.
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What is a multiples example? ›

A multiple in math are the numbers you get when you multiply a certain number by an integer. For example, multiples of 5 are: 10, 15, 20, 25, 30…etc. Multiples of 7 are: 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, 49…etc.

What are multiples 5 examples? ›

Some of the multiples of 5 include the following. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, ….., 50, 55, 60,….., 120, 125,….. All numbers which can be divided or are a product of 5 are multiples of 5. Although the factors of 5 are the numbers that, when multiplied together, gives the original number.

How do multiples work? ›

A multiple is simply a ratio that is calculated by dividing the market or estimated value of an asset by a specific item on the financial statements. The multiples approach is a comparables analysis method that seeks to value similar companies using the same financial metrics.

What are the most important multiples? ›

The most common multiple used in the valuation of stocks is the P/E multiple. It is used to compare a company's market value (price) with its earnings. A company with a price or market value that is high compared to its level of earnings has a high P/E multiple.

What do you call a person that crochets? ›

Crocheter or Crochetier

The reason for this is that the overall term crochet comes from the French word for hook. So technically, the translation from French makes the title “crochetier.” It seems that English speakers have made the term simpler by just saying “crocheter” instead.

What crocheting does to your body? ›

The repetitive movement of crochet has shown to increase serotonin levels. Furthermore, matching your breathing to the repetitive action also helps to slow down your heartbeat and increase dopamine. The release of these chemicals can also reduce blood levels of cortisol – the stress hormone we mentioned earlier.

What does crochet do to your brain? ›

More serotonin is released with repetitive movement, which improves mood and sense of calmness. After you've learned knitting or crochet, it can also reduce blood levels of cortisol-the stress hormone. New neuropathways can be created and strengthened by learning new skills and movements.

Is crochet a trend 2022? ›

For the fall 2022 season, designers melded comfort and fashion on and off the runways, proposing a playful “endless summer” feeling through bold, artisanal knitwear and crochet styles from head to toe.

Who is the best crochet in the world? ›

The actual record holder for world's fastest crocheter is Lisa Gentry who set the official record on June 25, 2005. To set the Guinness World record, Lisa crocheted 28 treble crochet stitches in one minute.

How fast does the average person crochet? ›

Casual crocheters can finish an average blanket in a month or two, but time frames change depending on how intricate the pattern is and how thick the yarn is, ranging from a week to a year.

Can you crochet a blanket in one day? ›

Using a large hook and super bulky yarn, you'll be cozy both making and using your squishy new blanket. One day is all you'll need to whip it up, and it's easy enough for beginners!

How long does it take to become proficient in crochet? ›

With practice, basic crochet stitches can be learned in a day or two. More advanced crochet techniques take longer to learn, adding up to weeks or months, depending on the project and the time the crocheter can devote to it.

Is there a faster way to crochet? ›

Use bulky yarn or multiple strands

The thicker your yarn and the larger your hook, the faster your project will go. If you're making a hat with a super bulky yarn, you can be finished in as little as an hour! Here's a long list of bulky crochet pattern ideas.

Does using a smaller crochet hook use less yarn? ›

At the most basic level, a smaller crochet hook will create tighter and smaller stitches than a larger one. The smaller the hook, the less yarn you'll be using to wrap around your hook to create each stitch.

What crochet stitch makes the softest blanket? ›

DOUBE WAFFLE STITCH

Textured stitch patterns make for great blankets. Not only do they look amazing, but the extra weight behind the stitch means the fabric is soft, squishy and super warm. Double waffle stitch is one of my favourites.

Is triple crochet faster? ›

If you're familiar with Double Crochet, then you know how quickly that works up… Triple Crochet is even faster!! So, grab your hook and yarn and follow along with me in the video, photo tutorial, or both to learn how to triple crochet!

Do you start yarn from inside or outside? ›

All skeins have an outside end that allows you to begin work by unrolling the yarn from the outside. You can begin knitting or crocheting from the outside, wind it into a ball by hand, or use a wool winder to make a pull skein. However, many people prefer to pull from the center as it can keep the ball neater.

How do you keep a constant tension when crocheting? ›

If you're holding the yarn too tightly, the tension will be higher, and your rows will be very tight. The stitches will get smaller and the rows shorter. On the other hand, if you're holding the yarn more loosely, the tension will be lower. The stitches will then get bigger and the rows longer.

Should I yarn over or under? ›

Technically, the “correct way” to work crochet stitches is to Yarn Over. Yarn over is worked when you pull the yarn tail from behind the hook, up over the top, and down the front. Yarn under is when you bring the yarn tail to the front of the hook, up over the top, and down the back.

What is the strongest stitching method? ›

A backstitch is one of the strongest hand sewing stitches. The backstitch gets its name because the needle goes into the fabric behind the previous stitch. On the contrary, with a running stitch, the needle simply passes through the fabric an even distance in front of the previous stitch.

How do you crochet a 3 DC cluster? ›

  1. Step1 - 3Dc Cl. Yarn over hook. Insert hook into stitch where you are making the cluster stitch. ...
  2. Step 2 - 3Dc Cl. Yarn over insert hook into same stitch. Yarn over, bring up a loop (4 loops on hook) ...
  3. Step 3 - 3Dc Cl. Yarn over insert hook into same stitch. Yarn over, bring up a loop (5 loops on hook)
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What is faster crochet or knitting? ›

Crocheting is faster as compared to knitting. One could easily complete an afghan in a single sitting. Crocheting uses one needle instead of two. Definitely, less tools means less complication.

Does 2 strands of worsted equal chunky? ›

2 strands worsted = one strand chunky to super bulky weight.

How do you use two yarns at once? ›

Double stranded knitting is probably the easiest knitting technique out there. It's even simpler than making a slip knot. All you need to do is to take 2 strands of yarn, align them and use them as one strand when you knit. That's it!

What is the advantage of a long tail cast on? ›

The long tail cast on serves to cast on stitches onto the needles and it results in a very flexible rim. It works well in projects where you knit in stockinette stitch or rib stitch at the beginning. In addition, it results in a rim that is both consistent and beautiful.

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