How to Wind Yarn

Pro-tip: Winding your yarn will keep tangles at bay.

Skill Level

Beginner

Time

1 hour or less

Skill level
Beginner
Time
1 hour or less
Written By

The Etsy Studio Team

Written By

The Etsy Studio Team

From soft merino yarn to bulky art yarn, many hand-dyed and handspun yarns arrive at your doorstep in a skein – loosely wound and very twisted. Working with skeins can be unwieldy and may result in knots or tangles; a simple solution is to wind your yarn into a uniform ball before you begin your next project. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to go from skein to ball in 30 minutes or less!

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Step 1: Get organized

Arrange your workspace. Clamp your swift onto a sturdy surface, like a table or countertop. Next, clamp your ball winder about 1-2 ft. / 30 cm. away.
 

Step 2: Untwist your yarn

Untwist your yarn so it’s in a big circle.
 

Step 3: Put yarn on swift

Place your yarn on the swift, making sure all the yarn is going in the same direction – it shouldn’t be twisted anywhere. Next, remove any ties around the yarn bunch. You’ll want to undo the knots rather than cutting them, if possible.
 

Step 4: Thread the yarn

Take the end of your yarn and thread it through the loop of your yarn ball winder.
 

Step 5: Slide yarn through the notch

Place the end of the yarn through the two notches at the top of your ball winder.
 

Step 6: Begin winding

With one hand keeping hold of the yarn running between the swift and the ball winder, slowly begin winding the crank on your yarn ball winder. Use your free hand to keep the tension and help prevent tangles as you wind.
 
 

Step 7: Continue winding

Continue winding until your entire skein is transferred onto the yarn ball winder. When you’re done, remove from winder. Now you’re ready to craft!
 

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