A lot of knitting yarn comes in perfectly manageable packages like balls and skeins. All you have to do to get started knitting is pull the end of the yarn from the outside (or center) of the ball or skein, cast on and go.
Not so with knitting yarn that comes in a hank. A hank is basically a big loop of yarn. When you buy a hank of yarn, its usually twisted into a yarn pretzel for easier shipping. But when you unfold it, youll see that what youve lot is a big loop or doughnut of yarn.
You cant knit with it the way it is. Trust me. Youll make a huge mess and lose a good deal of sanity trying to make it right. The good news is, its completely easy to convert a hank of yarn into a ball of yarn. Heres how you do it.