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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.

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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. 
EdieJ121 days ago

I tried this using a large size 10 knitting needle and it worked fine!

Simple and brilliant. Thank you!

jane.davey.338 months ago

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.

Aneysa2 years ago
So glad I found this! I crochet and when I wind the balls they end up rolling everywhere. Thanks!
MamieAva2 years ago
I am very glad to learn how to do this. Thanks so much for this Instructable!
LeafingLight (author)  MamieAva2 years ago
My pleasure! I'm glad you found it helpful.