How to Wind Center-Pull Balls of Yarn

comments (3) September 29th, 2008     

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Wind the ball around a paper towel or toilet paper roll and youll have your own center pull ball when youre finished!

Wind the ball around a paper towel or toilet paper roll and you'll have your own center pull ball when you're finished!

Photo: Laughing Purple Goldfish Designs

Laughing Purple Goldfish Designs offers up this handy tutorial on winding yarn that will produce a center-pull yarn ball, no winder necessary. Center-pull balls are perfect for keeping your yarn from roving around the house (I'm pretty sure my apartment seems like it's booby-trapped with all of the  yarn tangles travelling across the room!) and plus, you get that adorable cake-like criss-crossed look that expensive ball winders produce. And she does it all using just a paper towel tube!

I must say, in all truthfulness, that I finally took the plunge and bought a ball winder and swift this year and it has been worth. every. penny. But if you only ever wind a ball or two at a time, this is a fun and thrifty solution.

posted in: ball winder, center-pull yarn

Comments (3)

deenapeena writes: I read this yesterday and did it last night. Awesome. At first I was confused by the pictures but when I actually did it hands on, it worked so easily! Love it!
Posted: 11:21 am on April 23rd
Jen1964 writes: I'l be glad to try this one as soon as I need to . For the meantime, when using plain old balls, I FOUND OUT that you can keep them corralled well in a canvas bag or whatever your traveling project (crochet or knitting) lives in. One loop or handle hangs well over a knee or chair arm, and you're off. I can see how your winding method could help even more. My son used to play with the yarn like a kitten when he was a little whelp. In response, I learned to work fast, and unsnarl just about anything. Came in handy, years later, when all our daughter wanted was LONG, long hair. Such tangles! and no tears. Anyway, let the kids love the yarn too. Eventually they learn to help you wind it. So happy crafting!
Posted: 10:42 am on October 19th
LaNett writes: My computer will not let down load this tutorial on winding yarn; I have tried everything, and I cannot get to it.

I am very frustrated.
Posted: 6:54 pm on October 16th
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