It’s not always a bad thing to be tightly wound. Rolling yarn by hand can be time consuming and tedious, and often those balls wound by hand roll around and fall apart. As an alternative, yarn winders get the job done fast, making center-pull, flat-bottomed yarn balls that stay put as you knit or crochet. These convenient devices typically clamp onto a table and feature a hand crank that you turn to feed and wrap yarn around an attached spool. Winding yarn prevents it from getting tangled as you work and provides a good opportunity to inspect your yarn for knots or weak spots so you can fix them before you get started on your project. A must-have for beginning and expert knitters alike, a yarn winder is a smart buy. Browse our roundup of the best ones below.
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