Are yarn ball winders worth it?

Do I really need a yarn winder?

It is necessary to roll a hank into a ball to prevent tangling because the long strands of yarn would otherwise rub together and create a big mess. If you like to use store bought skeins that come pre-wound, a ball winder does not matter as much. However, it can create an easier and more efficient ball of yarn.

What is the benefit of a yarn winder?

When you use a yarn cake made from a yarn winder, the yarn pulls much more easily. You don’t have to pause to tug more yarn from your ball or deal with yarn barf from a tight center-pull. This means you’ll have less fatigue on your tension hand, which is usually your non-dominant hand.

Do I need a yarn swift and Winder?

If you’re winding a center-pull skein into a ball, you don’t need to use a yarn swift. If your yarn comes in a hank, though, you need to use the ball winder with a swift. Otherwise, the hank of yarn will become very tangled if you try to wind it directly.

Is it bad to roll yarn into a ball?

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.

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Can I use a yarn 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 do I choose a Yarn Swift?

If you use a variety of yarn weights and hank sizes, choose a swift that gives you the most choices in diameters. If you usually use smaller weight yarns, which have less variety in hank sizes, then a swift with a smaller diameter expansion range might just do the trick.

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. When yarn is wound, it puts tension on the fiber.