centrepull, by me
I like centre pull balls because they don't roll around the floor for kitties to go nuts about. Plus there's something exciting about turning a chaotic mess of yarn into a neatly wound, self-contained, regularly shaped "ball".
I basically found 3 hand-winding techniques:
- Pill bottle
- Toilet paper roll
Here's my version of the thumb method:
tutorial, by me
- grab about 6" of yarn to be the 'tail'. This will be the beginning of your ball when you're all done.
- hold the 6" tail in your pinky/ring finger while you wind a few loops around your thumb (loosely!)
- when you've got a few loops, start winding diagonally so you are sort of winding from the bottom of your thumb to your knuckle
- this photo shows the diagonal wind
- after winding 4-5 times on the diagonal, grab the entire ball and rotate it slightly on your thumb. Continue winding.
- shows after some twists. Note that the tail will have to rotate around your thumb. Just watch for it and give it a tug every once in a while to prevent it getting wrapped up in your ball.
- Extra note: be very careful not to wind too tight. Apparently winding too tight can overstretch your yarn, which will then relax to it's original shape once knit/crocheted, which can be dangerous for certain projects.