Learn how to wind your hank of yarn into a ball, without a ball winder, using our easy, step-by-step tutorial.
No swift, or ball winder? No problem! Turning your hanks of yarn - also known as ‘skeins’ - into project-ready balls doesn’t have to be tricky. We’ve got a yarn hack to keep things simple, and will have you crafting in no time.
Untwist the hank and lay it flat, in a circle.
Untie the pieces of yarn that hold the strands together.
Carefully find one of the ends of your yarn.
Place 2 chairs back-to-back, and carefully fit the yarn around them - moving the chairs apart to hold the yarn taut. Make sure the yarn strands are not twisted - this will make unravelling it much easier!
Unwind some of the yarn from round the chair, and gently start wrapping it around the palm of your hand.
Carefully slide the yarn off your hand, and begin wrapping it around the middle of itself - make sure you don't wrap it too tightly.
Slowly keep wrapping, and turning the yarn, to start forming a ball, while carefully unwinding yarn from around the chairs.
You’ve created a ball of yarn!
Now grab your needles or hooks; it’s time to start your next project!
Let's start at the very beginning! We'll show you how to make your first stitch, and take your first step on your crafting adventure.