Centre pull balls

Does anyone know if centre pull balls of yarn must be started from the centre rather than the outside? The yarn I'm using at present is a centre pull but I started from the easy to find outside end, and the yarn is untwisting as I knit. I have to let go of the yarn after two stitches so it can retwist, makes for slow knitting.


Tallguy's picture

Yes, they will do that. You started from the wrong side!! Turn the ball over so the other side is up.

The best way to use a ball of yarn is to ROTATE the ball, and not let the yarn come off round and round the ball. What I mean is that the ball must turn, and not the yarn. That is why you are untwisting the yarn. Turning it over will make it add twist... a better compromise??

Take a shoebox, punch holes in either side, with a knitting needle through it (you have an extra needle around, don't you?) with the needle going through the centre of the ball. Or use a Lazy Kate, if you have one. Then the ball will rotate. There!!

I have a yarn winder that produces center-pull balls, but I've found that if I use the yarn from the center it all turns into a tangled mess about 3/4 of the way through. I prefer to use the yarn from the outside, placing the ball in a bowl on the floor next to my chair, which allows it to roll around without rolling across the room.

Kerry's picture

Thanks for the ideas, guys, I'll give it a go.