Knitting Tips: Winding Yarn into Balls without Stretching

My mom taught me to knit, and she told me how to wind yarn into balls without causing it to stretch from the tension. It’s simple, really. Just wind the yarn over the fingers holding the ball. Slip your fingers out from under when you switch direction, then resume winding over the fingers again, till the ball is finished. That’s all there is to it. I’ve always done it this way, and find that it really does prevent yarn stretching, even when stored for a long time.

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3 thoughts on “Knitting Tips: Winding Yarn into Balls without Stretching

  1. For some reason your post just now made it click to me why ball winders have those really big center barrels, so then when you pull the yarn off the ball winder, it’s able to contract and not stretch out! Thanks for pointing out a simple trick that somehow I had never thought of. 🙂

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