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Winding a Ball from a Hank of Yarn

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A hank of yarn on chairs.

A hank of yarn stretched over two chair backs.

Sarah White

You’ve probably seen a scene in a movie where someone is winding a ball of yarn and the hank is being held between someone’s (usually the knitter’s suitor’s) outstretched hands.

The old-fashioned way is a great way to deal with a hank of yarn. If you don’t have a friend handy, do what I do and turn two dining room chairs back-to-back. Put them close enough together so that the yarn stays up when stretched over the backs of the chairs.

If you have a hank of yarn with a small circumference, you could probably wrap it around just one chair back.

I’ve also successfully rolled a hank while leaving the yarn spread out on the floor, but it did get a little messy toward the end. If you want to get really wild, you could hold the yarn with your feet.

Or, if you want to be fancy, you can buy a yarn swift, an adjustable, umbrella-like device that holds the unrolled hank firmly in place as you wind.

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