Friday, April 29, 2011

Making a centre pull yarn ball - Fingers and figure 8's

For the first method of making a centre pull yarn ball I'll show you, you don't need anything but the yarn and your own fingers.  This makes it the most convenient of methods.  Here's how you start.

Centre pull yarn ball - finger method

First, wind the yarn around several fingers, with the end at the bottom (in this image, you can see the end just under my pinkie).  You can do this method either around your first two fingers or around thumb and first finger, whichever you prefer.

Centre pull yarn ball - finger method

Next, start wrapping the yarn around two fingers (or finger and thumb) in a figure 8 pattern.

Centre pull yarn ball - finger method

Keep winding in a figure 8 pattern until you get it good and wide.  If you're using a thinner yarn, shoot for 20 or more wraps.

Centre pull yarn ball - finger method

The next part is a bit tricky.  Carefully remove the loops from  your fingers, wrapping the yarn around the middle a few times in the middle to anchor the loops.

Centre pull yarn ball - finger method

Keep wrapping around the core back and forth until it's fairly well covered.  You want to keep those loops from tangling around each other.

Centre pull yarn ball - finger method

Once the core is well covered, keep on going.  I like to wrap all in one direction, but as long as the tail end is free, you can change directions and make a round ball, if you like. 

Centre pull yarn ball - finger method

As the ball gets bigger, you can change the angle of the wraps slightly as needed so they don't slip out of position and come undone while you work.

Centre pull yarn ball - locking the wrap


When you get near the end of your yarn, do a few last wraps around the middle to hold it all in place.

Centre pull yarn ball - locking the wrap

Then lock the end by tucking the it under in a loop.

That's it!

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