Why do you wind yarn into balls?
If you are working with yarn in a hank like LB Collection Organic Wool, winding the yarn into a ball is the best way to prevent tangling as you work. After unfolding the hank, loop it around a swift (or chair back, or the hands of a willing friend) to keep it stable as you follow the steps below to wind it into a ball.
Can you use a ball winder without a swift?
Because it fulfills a different function, you can use a ball winder without a yarn swift. The ball winder creates the yarn cake; how the skein is being held is a different matter. The swift makes winding easier by holding the yarn under tension and spinning to unravel yarn from the skein, but it is not essential.
How much yarn can you wind on a yarn winder?
Tip 3: When winding large amounts of yarn, from a cone for example, don’t overload the bobbin of the yarn winder. To do so can cause it to ball the yarn unevenly. Most standard sized yarn winders will wind between 100-200g of yarn, while the larger model showed in the video below can handle up to 450g!
Why is yarn not sold in balls?
The biggest reason yarn so often comes in hanks is that it travels much more reliably that way. Wound balls tend to snag, fall apart, and generally become tangled knots. Also, leaving yarn unwound is usually better for the fiber for storage.
Can you knit straight from a skein?
Frankly, if you can wind a ball of yarn by hand without a swift or a ball winder, you can knit directly from a skein. The only difference between the two is winding the skein up between knitting sessions.
Why do you need a yarn swift?
If you use a yarn swift, it can hold the hank of yarn for you and free your hands to wind a hank into a ball of yarn. You *could* find a friend to help, use the back of a chair, or contort yourself and wrap a hank of yarn around your knees in order to wind a hank of yarn into a ball, but the yarn swift is faster!