Your question: Why do I need a yarn ball winder?

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.

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.

Do I need to wind my yarn into a ball?

If you are new to knitting or crochet, or just haven’t come across yarn in a skein before, you might wonder how on earth you are supposed to knit from it! The most important thing is don’t knit from it as it is! … You simply need to wind the skein into a ball yourself either using a swift and winder, or by hand.

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.

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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.