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.
Do I need a yarn swift and a ball 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.
Is it necessary to rewind a skein of yarn?
Bottom Line: no you do not need to rewind your yarn into a ball if you have purchased a regular commercial center-pull skein. Enjoy your knitting!
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!
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.
Should I make my yarn into a ball?
If you are working with yarn in a hank like LB Collection Organic Wool, winding the yarn into a ball is the best way to prevent tangling as you work. After unfolding the hank, loop it around a swift (or chair back, or the hands of a willing friend) to keep it stable as you follow the steps below to wind it into a ball.