Maybe you don’t have a ball-winder and a swift. I know most of us have seen the “hack” of using a toilet paper tube and hand mixer to wind our yarn, but the idea of my yarn, or worse yet, my hand mixer, touching a toilet paper tube just really grosses me out. Maybe you’re with me on that one. Or perhaps you are just crafting on the go, which is pretty common for me. In any of these situations, you may need to wind a center-pull ball of yarn by hand, since many luxury yarns come in hanks instead of center-pull balls or skeins.
This post contains affiliate links. If you click one and make a purchase, I will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. See my disclosure for details.
Good news, this can be done by hand! Check out my tutorial video below and I will show you just how to do this! But if you, by chance, want to purchase a ball-winder and swift, I recommend this set from Knit Picks!
4 thoughts on “Learn to Wind a Center-pull Ball of Yarn by Hand”
Great video! I donâ€™t own a swift and had been wondering how I could wind balls with some twisted hanks I purchased some years back. Time to stop admiring them and make something with themðŸ˜‰Thanks April!
You are very welcome! Enjoy your yarn!
Thank you so much for this video! I have a swift or two, but not a ball winder…don’t even want one!! This is a game changer for me, as I roll lots of yarn by hand, and now it will be much easier to work with!!! Thanks again, Laura
Hi Laura. So happy that this was helpful to you!