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How to Wind a Center Pull Ball of Yarn

You cannot knit or crochet from an unwound pile of yarn. To easily make a center-pull ball of yarn without a ball winder or any special equipment, follow these instructions. Your hand is all you need.


  1. If you have a mess of tangled yarn or want to re-wind a skein into a center-pull ball, first unwind the skein in a big loop or place the yarn over the back of a chair or a friend’s spaced-out hands.
  2. Hold the yarn between your thumb and forefinger with the tail of the yarn draped over the top of your hand.
  3. Wind the yarn clockwise over your thumb and forefinger around 10 times.
  4. Remove your forefinger from the inside so that the yarn is sitting loosely on your thumb. Stick your thumb up in an “OK” sign.
  5. Begin winding around the thumb. After winding a few more times around the center of the thumb, begin changing the angle and direction in how you wind the yarn.
  6. Carefully slide the ball of yarn to the end of your thumb.
  7. Wind four or five times in one spot, move the ball slightly, and wind in another spot. Continue to move all over the ball as you wind, including the bottom of the ball near the base of your thumb. Don’t wind around the center-pull tail.
  8. Once all the yarn is wound around your thumb, tuck the trailing end into the outside. Slide the ball off your thumb.

You’re all done!

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