How to wind a center-pull yarn ball
A tutorial from Liz @PurlsAndPixels
Even though there are lots of ways to wind a ball of yarn, I love to hand-wind my own center-pull balls. A center-pull yarn ball is just a skein or ball of yarn that allows you to pull and work with a strand of yarn from the middle of the ball.
If you have a heap of scrap yarn that is dying to be organized, wind it all up into neat, center-pull balls that are both pretty and easy to store. After you get the hang of it, it can be a very relaxing exercise. When you are done winding, you’ll find that it is so much easier to work with a center-pull ball of yarn when you are knitting, crocheting, or crafting. Yarn pulled from the center of a ball won’t twist and flop around in the same way a ball of yarn pulled from the outside will.
Let me show you how to wind a center pull yarn ball quickly and easily. You will use just your hands: no tools are necessary. Watch the video tutorial, or follow my written instructions below and you will be winding balls of yarn in no time.
Video Tutorial: Making a Center-Pull Yarn Ball
Steps to Make a Ball of Yarn
Drape the end of the yarn between your pointer finger and thumb and lay it in your palm. Leave just enough length to hold the end with your other three fingers.
Wrap the yarn around your pointer finger and thumb in figure-eights until you have at least a 1/4 inch band of yarn wrapped around your fingers. You can wrap your fingers with much more yarn, depending on the size ball you want to create. Be sure not to pull it so tightly you can’t take it off your fingers later.
Pinch the figure eight in the middle with your free hand.
Gently slide the wrapped yarn up off your fingers, taking care to keep it in order.
Fold the figure-eight in half.
Gently wrap the yarn around the triangular lump of yarn you’ve made. Continue to wind it around and around until you’ve created a secure, round ball of yarn. Make sure you do not wrap too tightly. If you stretch your yarn too tightly for storage it will lose some of its springiness. On the other hand, wrapping too loosely will leave a tangled mess of yarn, so try to find a nice midpoint when making the ball. Practice helps with this and you will find the more yarn balls you make, the nicer they turn out.