Interweave Yarn Hacks: This Method for Winding Yarn Will Get a Perfect Ball Every Time

Winding yarn by hand isn’t necessarily the preferred method for most, but for some it’s the only way we do it. Yarn swifts and ball winders are great tools that can really speed things up when you are antsy to cast on, but they may be out of reach for many because of the cost. Fortunately, there is a way to wind a skein of yarn into a ball on your thumb that yields a gratifyingly beautiful yarn ball every time. In addition, it’s quite relaxing and hypnotizing.

First, remember that it’s important to have a place for your skein of yarn to rest so it doesn’t get tangled as you wind, whether that means a friend holds it for you, or you place it around the back of a chair. To get your yarn ball going, start by holding the end of the yarn between your thumb and index finger. Next, start lightly wrapping the yarn diagonally around your thumb from the bottom of one side to the top of the other side. So, if you are using your right hand to wrap the yarn around your left thumb, you’ll move the yarn from the bottom right of your thumb to the top left, and the opposite if you are using your left hand to wrap around your right thumb. Wrap in this way several times before shifting what you have on your thumb away from you a little bit.

Continue wrapping and shifting in this way for a little while until you have a decent amount of yarn on your thumb. You can start to wrap and shift more gradually and continually with your index finger, shifting just enough so your wrapping falls right in line with the last wrap. Keep going in this manner until you’ve reached the end of your skein. You’ll end up with a really lovely looking ball of yarn.

A few other great things about this method of winding yarn by hand: you can take it off of your thumb at any time and replace it when you’re ready to keep winding, and if you leave a long tail in the middle when you first start, you’ll end up with a center-pull yarn ball! Honestly, you can’t go wrong with this method of winding yarn, and ever since Hannah learned how to do it this way, it’s her go-to method.

Happy Winding,
The Yarn Hacks Team

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