I love the convenience of a center-pull ball of yarn as you're knitting or crocheting, but don't have a handy-dandy ball winder to make that happen. So, I use this simple method to wind up my yarn by hand. 

Step 1: Gather Your Materials.

Gather your materials. With this method, all you need is the yarn you want to wind up and some kind of rod or stick. I have a short wooden dowel rod that I use, but knitting needles work great too. 
<p>so simple and just brilliant. Saves me waiting to have a day off in the week, having to go to the LYS and paying &pound;1 a skein to have it caked for me. Superb, thank you.</p>
<p>thank you so much for this intructable! i found it this morning after a yarn-daster (yarn disaster) I woke up this morning only to find that my 3 cats and 2 kittens ( yup 5 felines) got into my yarn that i forgot to put away last night, needless to say, my split level home and basement were covered in yarn. so looks like today is going to be a busy day for me. again thank you and maybe this might fix those little rascals if i happen to leave my work out again. </p>
<p>Ah sounds familiar haha, I have 3 cats myself :)<br>And how did it work out for you? Did you manage to get the yarn back in order? :)</p>
<p>I've tried this and after the first two attempts failed because I could not get the rod through the ball and had to start all over again, which was the worst ever because everything got so tangled that I decided to cut the last part off because I was so frustrated haha. <br>I used a chopstick with a big straw over it to make sure that would never happen again :p and now I have wound most of my yarn into centre pull balls and it also saves so much room! I love it so thank you so much for sharing this!</p>
<p>I tried this using a large size 10 knitting needle and it worked fine!</p>
<p>Simple and brilliant. Thank you!</p>
<p>Such a good way to wind yarn. Thank you for the very clear instructions! As you can see, the lack of perfection is not an issue ;-)I used a large (size N) crochet hook and it worked well. </p>
So glad I found this! I crochet and when I wind the balls they end up rolling everywhere. Thanks!
I am very glad to learn how to do this. Thanks so much for this Instructable!
My pleasure! I'm glad you found it helpful.

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