What size yarn winder do I need?

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!

Do I need a swift and yarn winder?

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.

Can I 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.

What is the point of a yarn winder?

Yarn winders do the work of winding the yarn into a center-pull ball. They clamp onto the table surface and have a center spool that holds the yarn. You thread the yarn through one or more yarn guides that place the yarn in the right position to roll onto the spool.

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Why would I need a yarn winder?

Yarn ball winders are also a preemptive way of inspecting your yarn for knots or weak points so you can fix them before you start working (see the video below for a perfect example). Winding your yarn before use also prevents it from getting as tangled as it might if you were to pull directly from the skein.

Should you wind yarn twice?

In my opinion, it’s definitely worth winding your yarn twice: the result is an ideal yarn ball with neat low-tension wraps that put no stress on the yarn. You can keep your yarn wound in this ball for a long time without having to worry that it will become stretched out or will be snarled up when you try to use it.

Why do you need a yarn swift?

If you use a yarn swift, it can hold the hank of yarn for you and free your hands to wind a hank into a ball of yarn. You *could* find a friend to help, use the back of a chair, or contort yourself and wrap a hank of yarn around your knees in order to wind a hank of yarn into a ball, but the yarn swift is faster!

What is a yarn swift and 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.