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Keeping Yarn From Tangling

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Yarn can easily get tangled when in use or even when being stored. This is a guide about keeping yarn from tangling.


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March 27, 2012

I use the empty 2 liter soda bottles. By cutting off the top, about 2 inches from the curve, you can put a smaller skein or a ball down inside.

Thread the end through the top and simply pop the top back on. I find inside the bottom works better than outside. You have a nice clean place where it can't get tangled.

I make a lot of scrap squares so sometimes I put smaller balls inside the bottle and keep them and a hook inside the car for times when I have to wait for someone.

Not only does the ball not tangle, but it stays clean and drives the cats crazy!

I've been doing this a long time. You can do some amazing things with these handy bottles.

By Sandi/Poor But Proud from Salem, OR

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December 28, 2010

When knitting or crocheting, put your skein/ball of yarn in an empty tissue box. It keeps the yarn in place, and helps keep it from rolling around and getting tangled. It also keeps it cleaner, since it won't fall on the floor. Your yarn stays where you put it.


I let the strand of yarn come out of the tissue opening most of the time. But for bigger skeins that fit in the box a bit tight, I make a small hole in one end, and pull the strand out through the hole. I wish I'd thought of this a long time ago! You can use different size boxes for different size skeins/balls. This is especially good when you are using more than one color at a time, since it really cuts down on tangling.

By Free2B from North Royalton, OH

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July 27, 20051 found this helpful

When I'm getting ready to knit or crochet something I take a small coffee can and put a hole in the lid, drop my ball of yarn in and feed the loose end through the hole before casting on my stitches.

This keeps the yarn from tangling up while working on my project.

By Julie

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October 2, 2017

My wool is always getting tangled when I knit. Cut a pop bottle in half leave a strip of plastic for hanging. Tape your bottle onto a chair; mine is on a walker.


Put your wool into the bottle, the bottle will be upside down, and pull through the top part of the bottle. It keeps your wool tangle free.

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May 18, 2010

It's always easiest to use yarn which pulls from the center. If you have some that does not pull from the center of the skein, here's a simple solution.


Holding the end of the yarn in the heel of your hand, wrap the yarn around your thumb 12 or 15 times.

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June 9, 2006

I use the smaller mesh bags that fruit and vegetables come in to hold the balls of wool when I am knitting. I do not have wool unraveling any more and I find the wool easier to work with when I am traveling.

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January 17, 2018

I use an empty tissue box to store my yarn in while knitting. The plastic around the pop up opening holds it in place and helps to keep it from tangling.

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