Can you use a yarn winder without a swift?

What can I use if I don’t have a yarn swift?

Ball winders can quickly transform hanks of yarn into a center pull ball of yarn that is easy to knit from and won’t tangle. If you’re winding a center-pull skein into a ball, you don’t need to use a yarn swift.

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!

Do I really need a yarn winder?

It is necessary to roll a hank into a ball to prevent tangling because the long strands of yarn would otherwise rub together and create a big mess. If you like to use store bought skeins that come pre-wound, a ball winder does not matter as much. However, it can create an easier and more efficient ball of yarn.

What’s the point of winding yarn?

Yarn hanks need to be wound into cakes or balls before knitting or crocheting! A hank is a loop of yarn with two ends; if you knit directly from an opened hank, your yarn may become tangled. By winding a hank into a cake, you create a portable ball of yarn that is easy to work from and will not tangle.

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Should you roll a skein of yarn into a ball?

With cones and skeins, you don’t necessarily have to make a ball before using your yarn. … The outside end will unroll the skein as you work and the inside end will pull from the center in the process. Finding and pulling out the inside end can be tricky, and a little extra yarn tends to come out in the process.