It can be a little maddening to deal with tangled yarn. Whether you’re just getting started or in the middle of a project, tangled yarn can make you want to give up and just grab another skein. But if you’re budget-minded, you really don’t want that yarn to go to waste. That’s why it’s great to know how to untangle yarn.
We’re here with ideas for untangling yarn in a way that won’t tangle up your nerves!
As a crocheter or knitter (or both), you can take measures to prevent your yarn from tangling in the first place. Many people swear by winding their skein into a ball before starting a project. Others keep their yarn in a special bag, bottle, box – whatever keeps the yarn tidy. Yarn stays in better shape when it never gets tangled, too! Gotta protect those expensive fibers.
Avoiding Tangles: Budget-Friendly Yarn Storage Ideas
Some people invest in a yarn-winding gadget to make their skeins into balls before starting projects. This makes yarn much easier to work with, and less likely to tangle. Here are ways to keep your yarn ball neat and tidy:
- Two-liter bottle: Cut a two-liter bottle in half. Wind yarn into a ball and pull the end through the spout of the bottle.
- Plastic zip bag: Keep your ball of yarn in a plastic zip bag. Punch a hole in the bag and pull the end of your yarn out. (This also keeps your yarn safe from spills, dirt, etc!)
- Recycled wipes container: If you have a container from wet wipes, diaper wipes, etc – simply place your ball of yarn in there and pull the end through the dispenser.
- Recycled butter container: It doesn’t have to be butter. Poke a hole in the lid of any container that’s big enough and pop your yarn inside!
- Crocheted Yarn Bag: This one is self-explanatory.
When It’s Too Late: How to Untangle Yarn
1. Get Comfortable
Put on your favorite tunes, brew some tea, coffee, or your beverage of choice, and get comfortable. Prepare an area that is well-lit and sit somewhere with good back-support. This step is important so you don’t put stress on your mind, back, or neck. You might be untangling yarn for a while, might as well make it a cozy experience and ensure you don’t strain your back or neck.
2. Look for shortcuts
Can you find an end of the yarn? If you have, this will be much easier for you. If not, separate your tangles into clusters as best you can. The no. 1 rule for how to untangle yarn is don’t pull at the knots. This will only tighten them and put stress on the fibers. Instead, gently undo knots by loosening tangled loops.
3. Wind a ball
If you found an end, start winding a ball. As you untangle, wind the ball to make it easier to pass through knots. Once you have a solid ball, your untangling should start going a bit quicker. Be careful not to let your ball tangle while you work on loosening loops!
What’s your trick for untangling yarn?
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