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Twist single pair

How to do a twist single

Repeat

Description: This is not possible to describe using the cross/twist system, since only two bobbins are involved.

Working: Swap pair (right over left).

The Dutch for twist is Draai. There is a (magnificent) German word Schlagwechseldrehungen which means 'the twists between the different stitches'.

This is not really a stitch as it only uses one pair of bobbins. It is used between stitches for different reasons.

Example of single twist
It can provide extra strength, for example, at the edge of a footside. An extra twist gives a stronger and less floppy feel. See pattern 5.

Example of single twist
The worker pair can be twisted at the end of a row of solid area as it goes round the pin, such as in a fan. See pattern 20.

Example of single twist
Passives leaving a solid cloth area are twisted to stop the two threads of the pair separating. See pattern 20.

Example of single twist
Twists are an important part of a picot. See pattern 80.

Example of single twist
Twists are essential for the legs of a spider. See pattern 47.

Example of single twist
In English Midland lace, twists (red) make thin lines while plaits (green) make thick lines. See pattern 83.

You can see above where the lacemaker (me!) made a mistake and forget to twist a pair (pale blue). The threads have separated.

On the whole, if you twist a pair of threads once, then you can twist it more than once. The number of twists produce subtly different visual effects, or adds strength, but the lace is much the same. Most stitches end up with "twist both pairs" anyway, so you can add an extra twist, or more, to either pair if you choose. Cloth stitch does not end with twists, so you should not add twists inside a piece of cloth stitch, but it is necessary to twist pairs leaving the cloth stitch.