Winding a Centre-Pull Ball by Hand

Colourful and textured yarn wound into a centre pull ball.

Sometimes you just need to wind up a skein of yarn when you don’t have access to a ball winder or swift. On a visit to my mum’s house, I improvised by devising a nostepinde (nostepinne) out of a toilet paper tube.  I had seen it somewhere before and wanted to see if I could figure out how to do it.

Step 1

Toilet paper tube with a slit cut in it and a strand of yarn; part of the skein can also be seen draped on a chair.

Cut a small slit in an empty toilet paper tube (or any other tube).  Slip the end of the skein through the slit.

Step 2

Toilet paper tube with a small amount of yarn wrapped around it.

Start winding the yarn around the tube on a slight diagonal while slowly rotating the tube.  At first it doesn’t look much like anything is happening.

Step 3

Toilet paper tube with yarn wrapped around it on the diagonal.

Continue winding the yarn and you’ll see the start of a ball.

Step 4

Toilet paper tube with a full skein of yarn wrapped around it looking very much like a ball of yarn.

Here’s the completed ball before it’s pulled off of the toilet paper tube.

Step 5

Very colourful hand wound ball of yarn being held beside a bright pink/red flower in the garden.

Finally, the ball of Blossom nestled among one of the lovely blossoms in Mum’s garden.