How to Make a Half-Hitch on Your Spindle
Whether you’re spinning on a Turkish spindle or on a simple toy wheel spindle, there will come a time in your spindle spinning life when you need to make a half-hitch. You may have done so by making a loop and placing it upside-down on the spindle, but there is a much faster way, one that Abby Franquemont demonstrates in her book Respect the Spindle.
Spiral your spun yarn around the spindle shaft up to about a finger’s width from the tip. Hold the spindle with your fingers and place your thumb under the yarn.
Move your thumb up to form a loop and bring that loop to the side of the spindle shaft.
Cross the yarn over the yarn coming off the spindle.
Place the tip of your thumb on the tip of the spindle’s shaft.
Slip the loop of yarn on your thumb off onto the shaft.
Pull the loop tight, and your half-hitch is complete. When you need to remove the half-hitch, it will slip off easily because of the extra yarn stored by spiraling up the shaft.
Learn more about spinning from Abby in her video Respect the Spindle.