Why do people use a yarn winder?

Can you use a ball winder without a swift?

Because it fulfills a different function, you can use a ball winder without a yarn swift. The ball winder creates the yarn cake; how the skein is being held is a different matter. The swift makes winding easier by holding the yarn under tension and spinning to unravel yarn from the skein, but it is not essential.

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.

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.

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.

How much yarn can you wind on a yarn winder?

Tip 3: When winding large amounts of yarn, from a cone for example, don’t overload the bobbin of the yarn winder. To do so can cause it to ball the yarn unevenly. Most standard sized yarn winders will wind between 100-200g of yarn, while the larger model showed in the video below can handle up to 450g!

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