The precious yarns intended for machine use, such as cashmere, yak, or camel, can also easily be used in hand knitting by working with multiple threads.
With a 500 gr cashmere cone of 2/28000 thickness which is usually used with a gauge 12 machine or double-threaded with a gauge 7-8 machine, you can actually experiment by hand-knitting with several threads.
Accessories, for instance, which are known for their low
yarn consumption, work particularly well; and you’ll find that with a 500 gr cashmere cone you can make a variety of accessories, depending on the ply.
You can make an accessory with yarn doubled, and another with the same yarn used in 4-, 5-, 6-, 8-,n- ply; in fact, you may create the thickness and the gauge you desire.
Here’s an example with mathematical solutions for you for both gauge and thickness.
In a 500 gr cone of yarn in 2/28000 thickness there are a good 7000 metres of yarn, so there’ll be 1400 metres in 100 gr. If I knit it double-ply, in 500 gr will be 3500 metres, and 700 in 100 gr.
If I knit the same yarn in 4-ply, length will be 1750 metres in 500 gr, 350 metres in 100 gr.
And so on…
Obviously, when knitting, keep an eye out for loose threads and make sure the needle doesn’t get stuck in-between threads… but this won’t be a problem for expert knitters and designers.
The most tiring task is that of combing the plies of such fine yarn. But the good news is that from now we can divide the cone for you. We can’t combine the yarn for you in the desired number of threads, but we can send you the yarn in up to 5 pre-divided bundles. That means that a 500 gr distaff can be resized in either five 100 gr distaffs, or two 250 gr or in three 166 gr, or in four 125 gr cones. There’s no price supplement, you just need to make your request when ordering the yarn from our website.
In this way, if you feel confident enough, you may actually wind the threads of yarn directly form the cones.
As usual, we suggest you make a small sample, and wash it before you actually start working. In fact, the yarn on cones, particularly the one designed for machine use, hasn’t been washed (treated) as knitwear factories, that use it in great quantities, generally wash the finished item; more so, as it is actually preferred to use unwashed yarn with machines.
In the end the result in terms of hand, softness, smoothness and type of work will be the same as a thicker yarn for hand knitting