If you plan on knitting up the free infinity scarf pattern coming soon this is a step you'll need to take before you can start knitting. I know I said I would post the pattern this week, but my life is full of boxes and packing as I'm getting ready for a big move and thus everything else is on hold. I really can't wait to share it with you, so hang in there. Has your yarn arrived yet? Let's get you started!
First you'll want to unwind the hank and remove the label (if you are turning several hanks into balls keep at least one label for each kind of yarn, that way if you have yarn left over you'll always know what it is).
Using the loop or hole where the label was, pull the hank apart so that it looks like one giant circle.
Now were ready to turn the hank into a ball. There are multiple ways of doing this and even fancy ball winders that you can buy to make the work easier. However, for the purpose of first time knitters and those who don't want to splurge on all the bells and whistles there are more affordable options. I like to lay the yarn beside me on the couch or on a bed and wind the ball that way. This method does require a bit a patience but it is the most cost effective, allows you to sit, and doesn't require an extra set of hands.
With your hank laid out in a circle on a flat surface, select one loose end (either will do) and begin by wrapping the yarn around your fingers. Be careful not to wrap it too tightly, we don't want anyone cutting off the blood flow to their precious finger tips or stretching out the yarn. Once you have a a bit of yarn built up on your fingers, you can remove it and start to wind the yarn around its middle.
Work slowly, pausing every now and then to reshape your circle. Keeping your hank circle tidy will help avoid any unwanted tangles. If you do experience a tangle in your yarn, stop immediately and untangle it. If you don't it will only get worse.
- A SPARE SET OF HANDS - have someone wrap the hank around their hands, holding it in place with their thumbs, while you wind the ball
- USE TWO CHAIRS - face the chairs back to back a small distance apart and wrap the hank around them, the chairs hold the hank while you wind the ball (this may require you to stand)
- BUY A YARN SWIFT & A BALL WINDER - swifts expand to the size of your hank, clip to a desk or table and a ball winder lets you wind with ease with the turn of a crank (these two will set you back about $70 or more)