You may want to wind your own center pull ball if your yarn cake is starting to collapse on itself during a project, or if you just prefer the stability a center pull ball provides, but don’t have a ball winder handy.
- To wind your own center pull ball, start with the end tucked under your thumb in the palm of your hand.
- Wind the yarn around three fingers a few times, then remove the yarn, and wind in the opposite direction. You want to make sure you’re keeping the tension nice and loose. You don’t want to stretch the yarn at all while you’re doing this.
- Now start winding the yarn around the loops you’ve created. Once you have all the yarn contained, put your thumb into the space where your center strand is coming out and continue winding. It may look a little sloppy at first, but it’ll neaten up as you continue.
- Try to wind a few times in each section and move around the ball to keep in even. When you’re done, just remove your thumb and pull on the center strand. A small bunch of yarn will come out at first, this was the base for our ball. Once that’s out, you have an easy to use center pull ball.
Check out the video below to see this technique in action!