This simple tutorial will show you how to wind a center-pull ball of yarn without any special equipment.
I have several hanks of really beautiful yarn in my stash that I don't even think about using because I imagine having to take them to a yarn shop so they can be wound into balls on their nifty little swifts and winders. And really, when am I going to do that?
So one day when I was home sick, I decided to crack out a few hanks I'd just purchased for a summer project (missed the boat on that one. . . ) and wind them up by hand.
It's easy! And it's a nice project to do while you're home doing not much else and watching silly television online.
The advantage of wrapping a center-pull yarn ball is that the yarn stays neat and won't get tangled. Also, if you pull the working yarn from the center instead of the outside, the ball will stay put and not roll around as you unwind it!
Step 1: Prep your yarn
Some yarn comes already wound into center-pull balls. Some comes twisted in hanks, like in the picture here.
If you purchase this kind, take the paper off and open the yarn up into a big loop. (See picture 2).
Drape the loop of yarn over two chairs or the edge of a desk, or between the hands of a helpful friend. This keeps the yarn from getting all tangled up while you're winding it.
Step 2: Begin the Ball
Hold one free end in your hand and drape the long end around your thumb as shown in picture 1.
Make your hand into a gun, and wrap the yarn in a figure 8 around thumb and finger.
Continue in this method until you run out of room on your fingers!