How to Wind a Center-Pull Ball By Hand


1) Tie a slip knot in the end of your yarn.

2) Tighten this slip knot on your winding tool. I like to pull this slip knot tight in the hook of the crochet hook, or high up toward the end of the knitting needle, to keep it out of the way.

3) Hold your yarn against the winding tool with your thumb, and wrap it around the winding tool several times near the end as shown.

4) Continue to wrap yarn around these first clump of wound yarn, criss-crossing as you work from time to time as shown. This should feel just like winding a regular wrapped ball of yarn, only this ball of yarn has a winding tool poking out of it.

5) Continue in this fashion until all your yarn is wrapped, then tuck the end into the ball under a few strands to secure it.

6) Still holding that first bit of yarn between your thumb and the winding tool, gently ease the tool out of the ball.

7) All done! The end with the slip knot in it will now be the start of your next project, and yarn will pull from the center of the ball with ease!

courtesy of Lion Brand


8 Comments Add yours

  1. What a great idea!
    I wish I’d seen this before I started to wind a room-full of yarn a few months back :/

    1. Shana Rae says:

      I wish I’d remembered the method too, completely forgot about it until I discovered it in a pile of old blog posts!! Ah well, we’ll know better in future!! 😀

      1. Or, in my case, probably forget before I need to do it again! Lol

        1. Shana Rae says:

          Forget what?! LOL XD

  2. I’ve always wondered how people did this! I get the feeling I’ll be saying that a lot reading this blog, I’m so glad I found it.

    1. Shana says:

      And I’ll be checking out some of your tangles, that is one craft I haven’t tried yet 🙂

      1. Oh it’s great, and super relaxing 🙂

        1. Shana says:

          I don’t think my brain acknowledges ‘relaxing’, it’s way too hyper!! 🙂

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