KnitPicks Stroll Sock Yarn Pull Problem

Hello All,

I've been knitting some socks toe-up! That's been fun, but what hasn't been fun is the sock yarn. I got some KnitPicks Stroll sock yarn and pulled out the center so I could knit. That was fine for a bit, then it seemed to get all tangled on the inside? I had to pull it out and it's just been a nightmare since.

So I'm wondering if anyone uses KnitPicks sock yarn and might have tips for pulling the yarn out of the center. Or, maybe tell me that KnitPicks sock yarns don't come wound like that. Heck, it doesn't even have to be KnitPicks sock yarn!

I just feel I did something wrong and I'm not quite sure so any tips would be helpful.



MMario's picture

I almost always work from the outside in because of this problem....unless it's cheap acrylic.

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Nashrunner's picture

I always have trouble finding the end of a center pull skein or ball of yarn and end up making a big mess. I think working from the outside in is more reliable. It means your yarn does a lot of flopping around in the your bag or whatever you keep your work in but maybe that's not so bad as a big mess?

Bill's picture

center pull balls of yarn often collapse after a certain's not you or the yarn...

I thought I was the only one who worked from the outside in.

Joe Moore's picture

Thanks for the comments. I am glad I'm not alone with this problem. Believe me I will work from the outside in! Although, this issue is a good way to learn patience.

I didn't even get far along the toe when the yarn wouldn't come out and then I found that it had gotten all tangled!


TheKnittingMill's picture

I'm not too fond of the center pull cakes or skeins either. I almost always take the end from the outside and re-roll the yarn by hand into a regular old ball (sans center pull thread). I don't have a winder at home and sometimes I find when they wind it at the yarn store, they tend to stretch it more than I would like. EZ warns about winding certain wools too tightly because not only will you rob it of some of it's inherent elasticity, but when you go to block your finished piece the woolen fiber will try to bounce back to its former state; thereby causing your FO to be smaller than you intended and swatched for. I'm guessing this would be particularly true with the more kinky/curly haired breeds.

albert's picture

It does tend to be a problem. Sometimes I just rewind a center pull ball into a real ball by wrapping it around a small core of balled up aluminum foil.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Most of the time, the yarn coming out of the center isn't a problem for me. However, when I knit up a cap in Noro, I had trouble with the twist becoming much tighter. When I restarted it from the outside of the ball, the problem went away. From now on, i shall have to see if that is true with other projects. Luckily, I do have a swift and ball winder. However, I don't mind sitting down to wind my own center start bundles of yarn, either. I find it relaxing and a good way to contemplate what I want to accomplish with the project. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Thepook's picture

If the Stroll is anything like the Palette, it's in the "cow patty" form and I have had problems with that as well. I pretty much prefer center pulls that I wind up on my winder. That's the great thing about our craft. Everyone has a preference and everyone is right! :)


scottly's picture

I love it when we talk about these odd little details. I've always thought the pulling from the center was so "pro" but I always end up with a tangled mess at some point so from now on I'll be pulling from the outside.

Bradferd's picture

I found that if you ball it yourself, you can also look for knots or problem areas with the yarn. I use a winder and pull from the center. I tend to wind the yarn loose when I do that so I don't stretch it. When I wind into balls, I seem to make it tight and stretch it out. But, with anything fiber related, find what works for you and go with it.

vsidart's picture

Easiest answer:
Get a boyfriend who LIVES to ball and swift yarn!
All I have to do is look at a skein of yarn, and it's balled and ready to go!

Seriously, I'm working with Stroll sock yarn right now, and it didn't feed well out of the center for me either.

Good luck!