Andean Bracelet

The Andean Bracelet is a simple method of winding yarn around the hand into a convenient package for plying your singles yarn from both ends at once. One advantage of this technique is that there is no additional equipment required, such as extra bobbins or a lazy kate. Another is that by plying from both ends of the same yarn, the yarn is folded exactly in half, with no excess from either ply. The drawback is that it makes only a 2-ply yarn. The bracelet can be put down if you have to pause plying, but it must be done carefully. If not, the yarn can become tangled.

To start, secure one end of the yarn by wrapping it around your thumb once or twice.

Wrap the yarn across the back of your hand, pass it between the index and middle fingers, around the middle finger, between the middle and ring fingers, and back to the wrist under the thumb.

Wrap the yarn across the front of your wrist.

Wrap the yarn across the back of your hand, pass it between the middle and ring fingers, around the middle finger, between the middle and index fingers, and back to the wrist.

Wrap across the front of your wrist in the opposite direction.
Repeat for the length of your yarn. Your middle finger may be pulled backwards. Use a relaxed tension to reduce strain and make the bracelet easy to remove.

When you get to the end of the yarn, loosen the yarn from your wrist and gently slip the yarn off your middle finger. Being careful not to drop the yarn loop or pull on it, slip the large loop over your palm or hand. Do not pull on the loop or it will separate.

Loosen the yarn from your thumb, catch the yarn from the outside, and begin plying them together. As you ply, the bracelet will gradually unwind from both ends.