Top 3 ways to wind a centre-pull ball by hand

I’ve hand wound centre-pull balls for years now. Well, just 4 years really. Nevertheless, a recovering-perfectionist is never happy with just learning one method in case there is a better one out there. I am now ready to share with you the top 3 ways I’ve found to wind a tip-top ball of yarn.

#3: This method by Ariadne requires that you have a strong thumb and good surrounding muscle support. But it does the job well.

Ball winding by Ariadne

#2: Knitting Help videos are amazing. They turned my knitting around and was the first place that taught me how to wind a centre-pull ball. This video is a slight variation of the method above and I found it easier to learn from. These are my small centre-pull balls using this method.

Centre-pull balls 2

#1: Recently I’ve learnt a new way to wind a centre-pull ball of yarn by hand. This tutorial by Slamskatkitten (via Knitted Bliss) uses a simple winding tool – a toilet roll! This method is by far my new favourite and my number one choice. Saves my thumb and the earth too! Yay!

Ball winding

I was especially impressed that this method can be used even with very small amount of yarn.

Centre-pull balls

So is my search for the best way to wind a centre-pull ball over? Nope.

Do you have another method to share with me?


8 Responses to “Top 3 ways to wind a centre-pull ball by hand”

  1. Leave it in a jumbled mess like I do?? LOL…does that count as a method??
    .-= One Crafty Mumma´s last blog ..Flickr favourites =-.

  2. Cami says:

    I use a turkey baster. You know, the long suction thing. I take a clean baster and remove the rubber part off the top, feed the yarn down the baster from the larger end to the small end, leaving a generous amount coming out the end and then start winding the yarn around the center. It works great because you can easily turn it as you go to get the yarn in a nice ball. When your done, simply slip the ball down the baster (toward the smaller end) and viola! a perfect center pull ball of yarn. I actually did a small tutorial on how to do it when I first started my blog. Looking at it now, it is actually quite sad but I was still in the stage of learning how everything works and what I wanted to do with my blog. But nonetheless, I think you get the idea.

    here is the link if you are interested:

    I think maybe I’ll try the TP roll next time to see how that works.

    I usually wrap the hank or skein of yarn I’m working with around my swivel chair and then I can spin it, or sometimes around a small TV tray, but I like to be able to spin the yarn, makes it go faster.
    .-= Cami´s last blog ..First Pair of Socks! =-.

    • Salihan says:

      That is a great tip Cami! The turkey baster is shaped just like a nostepindes but it’s a lot cheaper. I saw a baster the other day for $2. I’ll get one soon and try that out. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Laura47 says:

    I’m no help at all; I use a swift and ball winder. I don’t have the patience to wind balls of yarn unless it’s something too delicate for the equipment.

    Laziness has its virtues, too, you know. 🙂

    • Salihan says:

      I agree with you. I don’t have the patience either. But I hardly buy yarn that it’s not wound. So I haven’t had enough motivation to buy a swift and ball winder. If I do need to wind yarn regularly, I will definitely buy them though!

  4. Julie says:

    yay!! I love winding it on the cardboard rolls, it’s the only way I do it now.
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..FO: Twenty Ten Cardi =-.

  5. Amanda says:

    Hi Salihan! I just found your blog yesterday and so excited to find another Sydneysider into the similar crafts I love. Just want to leave a comment about your post here. I recently cleaned my “craft” room and wound all the “2/3” balls. I didn’t really know how to but just started winding and they all turned out as I wanted to. Unbeknown to me that I have been using the Ariadne method. I love the toilet roll method and definitely going to try that for the next half used ball! Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..A progress report – Lionbrand Harbor Scarf =-.

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