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The number of times the wire or wires pass through the same pathway is what is meant by the number of "strands" used.
When I say "middle" or "inner" strand, I am referring to the wire that passes down the middle in a group of three strands. It will stay between the other two strands throughout, never being exposed along the edge.
This is a single strand five-lead eleven-bight ring. The wire only goes through the knot one time, and the ends are brought together and soldered, to keep them from poking out. Five-lead ring with single strand.
five-lead ring with two strands. This ring is also made with a single piece of wire, but the end has been passed through the entire knot a second time, parallel to the original path. We call this "doubling" the knot.
I don't normally use more than three strands, and when I use that many I frequently vary the thickness, color, or style of the wire to make the strands contrast with each other.

This one was made with a doubled strand of white gold and a single additional strand of yellow. This knot can be referred to either as "doubled twice" or "tripled".
Five-lead ring, doubled twice.

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