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Vendor: Knit Picks
Read Reviews (14):
4.714285 out of 5 stars

Yarn Ball Winder

$19.99

Transform hanks or skeins into compact center-pull balls that sit nicely while you knit. A clamp secures the ball winder to the table while you wind skeins up to 100 grams or 3.5 ounces. Best when used in tandem with a Yarn Swift.

Note: The metal yarn guide arm comes folded against the ball winder for shipping. The guide arm needs to be moved and positioned opposite the winding handle for correct operation.
Item No. 82500




  • Customer Picks

5 out of 5 stars

My husband made a "thigh" board so I can sit and wind easily. Everyone in my club has one now. Just makes it easier.

5 out of 5 stars

I love this ball winder,if you are looking in to buying one look no further. I had a no name one where the gears are exposed and I can't tell you how much yarn got caught in them and it was more expensive. I love how quite it is and how the gears are not exposed and the color is amazing.

5 out of 5 stars

I have had several yarn winders in my time but this one is the best performance and the best price I have ever seen.. I will be purchasing more in the future and i tell all my friends about Knit Picks ...

4 out of 5 stars

For the price, this winder works just fine. My problem is with the center pull. I've probably would about 15 skeins so far and at least 3 of them have had issues coming out of the center easily. This may just be me still trying to figure it out, but if that is the case there is a huge learning curve. When I have had tangling-center-pull problems, it is OK with me to just tear off the working yarn, put the ball in a yarn bowl and work from the outside yarn. In fact, after my latest tangle disaster, that may be what I do be default.

4 out of 5 stars

Word of warning - only wind in the direction that's on the ball winder, otherwise it will come apart and it's tricky to put back together. The gears are plastic, so I suspect this will have a limited lifespan unless it has gentle use. For the price, it's a good buy. Knowing that KnitPicks is supposed to have great service is what led me to take a chance on this.

5 out of 5 stars

Excellant ball winder for a great price. I went years trying to wind hand dyed skeins of yarn until I finally bought a winder and swift fron knit picks. Wow, how much easier these projects have made my life! Great products, great company with top notch customer service.

4 out of 5 stars

This is my first ball winder and so far I am very pleased with it. I like to string the yarn through my fingers to get a little tighter of a wind. The only complaint I have is that they do not make the handle anymore so now you have to hold it awkwardly or attach it to a table. A friend of mine has one with that handle and I liked this option very well. I am going to see if my handy husband can rig some kind of handle for me as there is still a place on the bottom to attach one. But all in all, I am still pleased with how smoothly it works and how much time it has saved me!

4 out of 5 stars

This is a great little ball winder....have probably wound 20 skeins total on it and it just died....I called and talked with Knit Picks and they are replacing it with a new one...What a terrific and personable Company to deal with in this day/age....Kudos folks...

5 out of 5 stars

I have owned three ball winders, and this is the least expensive and best of the three. Most winders are made in one or two factories in China, and the exposed teeth and yarn guide spell disaster. The others were designed with a yarn guide that folds down when not in use. Unfortunately, it also would automatically collapse at random when the yarn was being wound, and the yarn, having been suddenly lowered to the level of the base where the gears were, would get caught there and jam, both ruining the yarn and requiring me to spend a substantial amount of time picking out all the jammed-in bits before I could continue. This happened multiple times per hank. That has NEVER happened with this winder. I do run the yarn through the fingers of one hand before it passes through the wire guide, which is fixed in place and does not fold down on this winder, a wonderful feature I hope they never eliminate. I bought an inexpensive Amish-style swift on Amazon many years ago, a simple affair of wooden dowels and a slotted base and arms. This basic swift, which can be assembled each time you use it in under 30 seconds with no tools, turns my ball winder into a real pleasure to use. That is not poetic license -- I truly enjoy turning those big, gorgeous hanks into beautifully-behaved center-pull skeins which do not roll around the floor picking up more cat hair than you could with a vacuum with the suction of an F5 tornado. If you love knitting or crocheting, you really can't go wrong with this winder. Just resist the temptation to crank too fast, as any little snag will cause it to snap backwards and start to unwind. And it helps immensely to put a small piece of masking tape over the end of the yarn, taping it to the center post. Be sure to run the yarn through the two slits in the top, because that gives you something to grab and hold while removing the skein from the winder so that you can start it easily from the center. Otherwise you can dig around until Judgement Day trying to find the start of the yarn, and you won't get the full center-pull benefits.

5 out of 5 stars

Got this for Christmas 2015 and I've already used it a dozen times. It works very well, winds consistent balls of yarn smoothly, and I have not had any problems with it. It's easy to set up, it takes just a minute. Attached well to the table and appears to have a lot of variation for the table attachment (thin and large tables should work). It's hard to tell in the picture because of the lighting, but the unit is all plastic except for the attachment piece, and the metal bar piece that feeds the yarn to the winder.

5 out of 5 stars

This ball winder is heaven. It works a thousand times better than the one I bought from Hobby Lobby for the exact same price.

5 out of 5 stars

This is often available separately (at this writing, part of a bundle) and it's a great ball winder. It's tan and purple, the Knitpicks colors, and the plastic isn't that soft, flimsy kind. It's shiny and rigid. The gears are sealed below and there is a knob screw to tighten the leader into its hole underneath. Mine squeaked a bit when I turned it but it does a great job winding yarn. You can't go a mile a minute--this is a job that takes some watching.

5 out of 5 stars

Great tool! Great price! Have tried the electric winders and this beats it by far!!!

5 out of 5 stars

I've had my yarn winder for 4 days now and already wound so many skeins of loose yarn. I absolutely love this winder. The colors combo is adorable and modern, the set up is easy, and very easy to move about. With 4 revolutions per turn, transforming yarn into cake is a snap! :D