Do I need to roll my yarn into a ball?

Do you have to wind a skein of yarn into a ball?

A skein (or a hank) is a big loop of yarn twisted into a coil. It’s critical to know that before you can knit with yarn that’s in a skein, you have to wind it into a ball, otherwise, it will end up in a very tangled mess!

Can you knit straight from a skein?

Frankly, if you can wind a ball of yarn by hand without a swift or a ball winder, you can knit directly from a skein. The only difference between the two is winding the skein up between knitting sessions.

Do I need to wind my yarn?

You simply need to wind the skein into a ball yourself either using a swift and winder, or by hand. Winding into a ball is an extra process in the manufacture of yarns.

Why is yarn not sold in balls?

The biggest reason yarn so often comes in hanks is that it travels much more reliably that way. Wound balls tend to snag, fall apart, and generally become tangled knots. Also, leaving yarn unwound is usually better for the fiber for storage.

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