close

Search Term

Enter a search term (optional)

Categories

Select One (optional)


Difficulty Level

Select One (optional)

Yarn Weight

Select One (optional)

Crochet Hook

Select as many as you like (optional)

  • B/1 or 2.25 mm hook
  • C/2 or 2.75 mm hook
  • D/3 or 3.25 mm hook
  • E/4 or 3.5 mm hook
  • F/5 or 3.75 mm hook
  • G/6 or 4 mm hook
  • H/8 or 5 mm hook
  • I/9 or 5.5 mm hook
  • J/10 or 6 mm hook
  • K/10.5 or 6.5 mm hook
  • L/11 or 8 mm hook
  • M/13 or 9 mm hook
  • N/15 or 10 mm hook
  • P/16 or 11.5 mm hook
  • 4.5 mm hook
  • 00 or 3.5 mm hook (steel)
  • 0 or 3.25 mm hook (steel)
  • 1 or 2.75 mm hook (steel)
  • 2 or 2.25 mm hook (steel)
  • 3 or 2.1 mm hook (steel)
  • 4 or 2 mm hook (steel)
  • 5 or 1.9 mm hook (steel)
  • 6 or 1.8 mm hook (steel)
  • 7 or 1.65 mm hook (steel)
  • 8 or 1.5 mm hook (steel)
  • 9 or 1.4 mm hook (steel)
  • 10 or 1.3 mm hook (steel)
  • 11 or 1.1 mm hook (steel)
  • 12 or 1 mm hook (steel)
  • 13 or .85 mm hook (steel)
  • 14 or .75 mm hook (steel)
  • Q or 16mm hook
AllFreeCrochet.com

Menu

Free Offer
How to Crochet, Volume 1: Free Beginner Crochet Patterns

Learn how to crochet with easy beginner patterns from this FREE e-book. You'll be a pro in no time!

Bonus: Get our newsletter & special offers for free. We will not share or sell your email address. View our Privacy Policy

How to Wind a Hank of Yarn (or Skein)

Learn how to wind a hank of yarn without a swift or with one. This tutorial explains how to do both!

Updated May 25, 2021
How to Wind a Hank of Yarn

Yarn is a beautiful thing. It can be made from a variety of sources, but whether it’s made from animal or plant fibers, or synthetic, it can be turned into almost anything imaginable from cute little animals, garments, yarn bombs, and more.

Some popular types of ready-to-use yarn are center-pull cakes, balls, cones, pull skeins, and bullet skeins, but some yarn comes in the form of a hank, folded hank, or a twisted skein. If the yarn is wound into a hank or twisted skein, then it needs to be wound. That's where this guide on how to wind a hank of yarn comes in!

A hank of yarn is a circle of yarn that has been secured with ties and then the hank of yarn can be folded and stored or it can then be twisted. A twisted hank of yarn is commonly referred to as a twisted skein of yarn.

Either way, yarn can be beautifully arranged like this, but it is not ready to be used. If it is used like this, tangling becomes a big probability. The yarn needs to be wound into some kind of ball or cake and it is pretty simple and easy to do even if you do not have special equipment like a yarn swift or a yarn winder.

A yarn swift is an umbrella-like apparatus that opens up the circle of yarn, keeping it neat and tidy as it spins around. If you do not own a yarn swift, two chairs that have backs can be used in place of the yarn swift.

A yarn winder is a little gadget that is used to wind yarn into a center pull cake, but if you do not have a yarn winder, you can easily wind the yarn into a ball by hand onto a thumb. Follow the tutorial below to see how easy it is to turn a beautiful twisted skein of yarn into an easy-to-use center pull cake or ball.

Sign Up For More Free Patterns >>>
 

Resources

Materials Needed:

  - Knitology by Knitcrate Worsted Weight Yarn or other yarn in the form of a hank or skein
  - Yarn Winder or hands
  - Yarn Swift or 2 chairs with backs
 

Images shows a wound yarn cake on the left and a hank of yarn on the right.

How To Wind a Hank of Yarn (or a Skein of Yarn):

  1. Take the label off of the skein or hank of yarn and untwist or unfold it until it is just a big circle of yarn.

Image shows how to wind a hank of yarn: step 1 with a collage of images.

  1. Put the yarn on a yarn swift. If you do not have a yarn swift, you may use 2 chairs that have backs.

Image shows how to wind a hank of yarn: step 2 with a collage of images.

  1. Check the circle of yarn to make sure that it is not twisted on the swift or the chairs. Tidy and straighten it up if necessary.

Image shows how to wind a hank of yarn: step 3 showing a swift with the yarn wrapped around it.

  1. Look around the circle of yarn and find the ties. Cut the ties next to the knot. There are normally between 1 and 3 ties on each hank of yarn.

Image shows how to wind a hank of yarn: step 4 with a collage of images.

  1. Find an end and unwind one circle of yarn to make sure that it is unwinding easily. If not, straighten up the circle of yarn.

Image shows how to wind a hank of yarn: step 5 with a collage of images.

  1. Wind the yarn into a cake or a ball. If using a yarn swift, take the end of the yarn and put it through the eye of the yarn swift. If you are winding by hand, skip ahead to step 13.

Image shows how to wind a hank of yarn: step 6 with a collage of images.

  1. Place the end of the yarn into the top of the yarn swift.

Image shows how to wind a hank of yarn: step 7 showing a swift with the yarn being placed in the slit.

  1. Pick up the yarn between the yarn swift and yarn winder and gently hold it in your hand so that the tension can be monitored and kept even. If the yarn suddenly becomes tangled on the swift, close your hand to stop and catch the yarn.

Image shows how to wind a hank of yarn: step 8 with a collage of images.

  1. Use the handle on the yarn winder to wind the yarn until you reach the end.

Image shows how to wind a hank of yarn: step 9 showing a swift with the yarn being wound.

  1. Tuck the end of the yarn into the side of the yarn cake made.

Image shows how to wind a hank of yarn: step 10 showing a swift with the yarn finished and the end being tucked into the side of the yarn cake.

  1. Find the center pull end of the yarn, and hold it while gently lifting the yarn cake off of the yarn winder.

Image shows how to wind a hank of yarn: step 11 with a collage of images.

  1. If you are not going to use the yarn now, you can put the label in the center of the yarn.

Image shows how to wind a hank of yarn: step 12 showing a hand holding the finished cake of yarn with a label rolled and placed in the center.

  1. If you are winding the yarn by hand, find the end of the yarn and start unwinding it around the chairs.

Image shows how to wind a hank of yarn by hand: step 13 showing wrapping the yarn by hand.

  1. Point your index finger and thumb upwards.

Image shows how to wind a hank of yarn by hand: step 14 showing wrapping the yarn by hand.

  1. Lay the end of the yarn across your pointer finger and then wrap it around to the front.

Image shows how to wind a hank of yarn by hand: step 15 showing wrapping the yarn by hand in two images.

  1. Wrap the yarn around the thumb.

Image shows how to wind a hank of yarn by hand: step 16 showing wrapping the yarn by hand.

  1. Wrap the yarn around the pointer finger.

Image shows how to wind a hank of yarn by hand: step 17 showing wrapping the yarn by hand.

  1. Wrap the yarn around the thumb.

Image shows how to wind a hank of yarn by hand: step 18 showing wrapping the yarn by hand.

  1. Continue wrapping the yarn around the pointer finger and the thumb a few more times.

Image shows how to wind a hank of yarn by hand: step 19 showing wrapping the yarn by hand.

  1. Slide the loop of yarn off of the pointer finger and onto the thumb.

Image shows how to wind a hank of yarn by hand: step 20 showing wrapping the yarn by hand in a collage of images.

  1. Start winding the yarn around the thumb.

Image shows how to wind a hank of yarn by hand: step 21 showing wrapping the yarn by hand in two images.

  1. Wrap the yarn around the thumb a few more times in the same direction.

Image shows how to wind a hank of yarn by hand: step 22 showing wrapping the yarn by hand.

  1. Flip your hand so that you can wrap the yarn around the thumb in the opposite direction.

Image shows how to wind a hank of yarn by hand: step 23 showing wrapping the yarn by hand.

  1. Wrap the yarn around the ball a few more times in the same direction and then switch back and forth, making the ball as proportional as possible.

Image shows how to wind a hank of yarn by hand: step 24 showing wrapping the yarn by hand in two images.

  1. Slide the ball of yarn off of the thumb, tuck in the outside end of yarn and it can now be used!
     

Image shows how to wind a hank of yarn by hand: step 25 showing wrapping the yarn by hand in two images.
Image shows three hanks of yarn on the left and a cake of yarn on the right.

About the Author

Alex Halsey

 
Alexandra Halsey is a stay at home mommy who loves sharing her crochet designs and teaching others how to crochet, cook, and be creative through her blogs and video tutorials.

Visit her YouTube channel and her blog, With Alex, to learn more. Visit her designer profile on AllFreeCrochet to see everything she has shared with us, too!

Links:
With Alex Website
With Alex Blog
YouTube Channel
Facebook
Instagram
Pinterest

Free projects, giveaways, exclusive partner offers, and more straight to your inbox!
You Might Like
Learn more about RevenueStripe...

Your Recently Viewed Projects

I have not made this yet so I cannot rate it.

Include a Photo Include a Photo

Click the button above or drag and drop images onto the button. You can upload two images.

Cancel Reply to Comment

Thanks for your comment. Don't forget to share!

Close

Report Inappropriate Comment

Are you sure you would like to report this comment? It will be flagged for our moderators to take action.

Thank you for taking the time to improve the content on our site.

Pattern of the Day

Flower Scrubby Dishclothvideocam

"Dress up your kitchen with this pretty flower dishcloth. The dishcloth features petals worked in gentle cotton for nonabrasive… Continue reading: "Flower Scrubby Dishclothvideocam"



Something worth saving?

Register now for FREE to:

  • SAVE all your favorite patterns
  • ADD personal notes
  • QUICKLY reference your patterns

 

Connect With Us

Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest Twitter
Blog Email RSS

About Us Advertise Contact Us FAQ Do Not Sell My Personal Information Keyword Index Privacy Policy Share Your Project Subscribe Unsubscribe Terms of Service

---- 1 ----

close

Images from other crochet readers

There are currently no images from other crochet readers.

I Love It