Frequent question: How do I choose a Yarn Swift?

Do you need a Yarn Swift?

If you’re winding a center-pull skein into a ball, you don’t need to use a yarn swift. If your yarn comes in a hank, though, you need to use the ball winder with a swift. Otherwise, the hank of yarn will become very tangled if you try to wind it directly.

Is a yarn winder worth it?

When you use a yarn cake made from a yarn winder, the yarn pulls much more easily. You don’t have to pause to tug more yarn from your ball or deal with yarn barf from a tight center-pull. This means you’ll have less fatigue on your tension hand, which is usually your non-dominant hand.

What is an umbrella swift used for?

An essential tool for any knitter or crocheter, the Yarn Swift holds your hanks or skeins of yarn in place as you wind them into balls. Simply clamp the swift onto a table or counter top to start winding yarn neatly and easily.

Can I wind yarn without a swift?

The swift makes winding easier by holding the yarn under tension and spinning to unravel yarn from the skein, but it is not essential. You can wind a ball of yarn without a swift, using the back of a chair or a volunteer’s outstretched arms to hold the yarn.

What is a swift yarn winder?

A yarn swift and ball winder make quick work of turning a skein of yarn into a ball you can pull from the center. Both pieces of equipment are an investment, but if you buy a lot of yarn in skeins, these tools are great to have at your disposal.

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