Things get old school over here: winding a ball of yarn by hand

Movers and Makers Wicker Park Worsted

These are crazy times: masks are in. Zoom is in. Staying in is… in. I have only been knitting since December, so I had just found a good local yarn store when it had to close due to coronavirus. I don’t have a swift or a ball winder. Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal because I could just have them wind the yarn at the store. But given that it’s not always easy to pop by the local yarn store these days, I thought it would be worth it to wind a couple of balls of yarn by hand. Here’s my handy checklist for old-school winding:

  1. remove the ball band
  2. untwist the hank into a loop
  3. cut off the yarn ties
  4. find one of the ends
  5. secure the loop of yarn over the back of a chair, on the arms of a helpful friend, on your knees, however works for you
  6. hold the end with your fingers and wrap the yarn loosely around your thumb.
  7. continue for way longer than you think
  8. admire your beautiful center pull ball of yarn

If you’d prefer to see the steps in action, and get a good look at my pandemic hair in the process, here’s a video of me winding a hank of wicker park worsted in the colorway gold-star blackout, into a neat ball.

What’s left of Gold Star Blackout and Winter on Hoyne after knitting a couple of hats

Have a great weekend!

Published by knotfancyknitter

I love knitting, books, dogs, and kids - not necessarily in that order. Thanks for stopping by!

2 thoughts on “Things get old school over here: winding a ball of yarn by hand

    1. I have been hand-winding more balls because of coronavirus. It’s not that bad as long as I don’t make a tangle of it.


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