How to Wind Yarn Into a Skein from EHow

How to Wind Yarn Into a Skein

By eHow Hobbies, Games & Toys Editor

Having yarn in a skein can help keep the yarn in order and is a great way to organize yarn. The skeins can be placed neatly in a box or hung on a wall with thumbtacks. Skeins are made by winding yarn in a circle and then twisting that circle of yarn until it loops around itself. They are easy to make and don't require any extra equipment or tools.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:

  • Something to wrap the yarn around
  • 2 or 4 extra short lengths of yarn
Find something to wind the yarn around. This can be a swift, the back of a chair, or a extra person's hands.
Wrap the yarn evenly. Make sure that none of the yarn is loose around in the winding.
Take 2 or 4 extra lengths of yarn. These should be 4 to 6 inches in length depending on the size of the skein. At regular intervals around the skein, wrap the extra yarn around the yarn in a figure eight. Tie yarn loosely. This will make sure that the yarn doesn't get tangled.
Tie the ends of the yarn together and remove the yarn from what it is wrapped around. You will have a circle of yarn.
With your thumbs, grab two opposite ends of the skein and pull the yarn taunt. With one hand, twist the yarn in one direction until all the yarn is tightly twisted.
Slide one end of the yarn into the other using the open areas created by your thumbs. The twist that was created will wrap the yarn around itself and create a neat log of yarn. Now the yarn is ready to store.

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