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Knitting Yarn Ball Winder

$19.99

Transform hanks or skeins into compact center-pull balls that sit nicely while you knit. As with our Options needles, we interviewed knitters to find out what they would like best in a ball winder, what we found is that everyone is different. Some knitters prefer to hold their ball winder while some prefer to clamp it to a table, so we created a ball winder that could do both. Use the clamp for tables or connect the ergonomic handle to use when you want to hold it. Best when used in tandem with a Yarn Swift. Ball winder holds approx 100 grams or 3.5 ounces of yarn.

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.
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2 out of 5 stars

(I had commented on a review of this yarn ball winder on another site, and the person suggested I add my review here to help balance out the comments.) I bought this winder for myself right after Christmas and I wholeheartedly agree that it is junk. I might not have known had I not bought a different one for my daughter for Christmas (at Christmastime Knit Picks had a different, more expensive model available). Before she took it home, we wound a couple of my hanks into balls, and the action was smooth, and the balls were perfect! It cost quite a bit more, but it is well worth it! Stanwood Needlecraft Large Metal Yarn/Fiber/Wool/String Ball Winder. I wish I could trade this inferior one in for the better one today! I'm giving this a "Fair" rating, because although I know there are better ball winders out there, if I really need to wind a ball, and if I hold the tension just right, and never fluctuate my winding speed, it will wind a ball of yarn. However, I did actually have a ball of chunk yarn fly off of the winder once, so you don't want to go too fast, but not too slow either, or it will wrap around the base of the winder...

5 out of 5 stars

This looked like a helpful tool, but at first try it did not work because the yarn guiding arm was not fully extended. After that adjustment it worked like butter. It was so much fun that I rewound all the yarn I had laying around. It makes a really neat and clean looking ball of yarn.

5 out of 5 stars

After going back and forth on whether to purchase a yarn winder, I finally decided to buy the Knit Picks version. It was the least expensive winder I could find (maybe eventually I'll get a fancy one, but for a long while this will work just fine) and I'll be honest in saying I didn't know what to expect out of it. After using it to wind my current projects I must say though, I would recommend this winder for anyone looking to stop hand winding or using a paper towel roll (my old method). The yarn cakes are adorable, and I haven't had any issues with tangles. I've read reviews before that it can be a little squeaky. This is true, but unless you're living somewhere where 5 minutes out of your day you can't make a little squeaking then I don't see this being an issue. All in all, money well spent!

4 out of 5 stars

Really like the convenience of this winder but had to replace it after winding about 14 balls of yarn. Love my yarn and can't live without a winder!

5 out of 5 stars

This is a very good ball winder for the price--the size and build are comparable to my Royal winders, but the action is not quite as smooth. I LOVE the handle on it, though--sometimes you don't have a good place to clamp a ball winder, and using this one with the handle is great! I also like the clamp--it is just enough wider than my Royal ball winder so that I can clamp it to the table next to my chair. This is FAR better than slightly more expensive no-name ball winders I have bought, and perfect for beginners or to give as a gift. I am very happy with my purchase, and will buy another one for my travel kit.