How to Use a Yarn Winder, Baller or Roller – (Easy Steps)

Last Updated on September 12, 2023

Yarn winders, also known as baller or roller, are fantastic tools for any knitting or crocheting enthusiast. They help transform hanks or skeins of yarn into neat, convenient cakes. Here in this guide, we’ll walk you through how to use the Stanwood Yarn Ball Winder effectively.

How to Use a Yarn Winder


  • Securely clamp the yarn winder to your table or workspace for stability.
  • Attach the yarn feeding arm and thread the yarn through it, ensuring proper tension.
  • Rotate the handle clockwise to wind the yarn into a neat cake.
  • Check for knots or tangles and address them as you go.
  • Lift off the yarn cake, tuck in the tail end, and you’re ready for your knitting or crocheting project.

Step by step on How to use a yarn winder

How to Use a Yarn Winder

Using a yarn winder is easy: secure it, attach the yarn, wind it clockwise, check for knots, and enjoy your tidy yarn cake for hassle-free crafting.

Here are the simple steps: you’ll be ready to create beautifully wound yarn cakes for your crafting projects.

Step 1: Secure the Yarn Winder

First, you’ll want to attach your yarn winder to a table or workspace securely. You can do this using the clamp located below the winder. Ensure it’s tightly fastened to prevent any wobbling during the winding process.

Step 2: Attach the Yarn Feeding Arm

Attach the Feeding Arm

Locate the hook at the bottom of the yarn feeding arm and a post on the winder. Wrap the hook around the post while ensuring the arm faces outward. Use the butterfly screw to tighten the arm securely in place. A small rubber piece on the arm helps prevent excessive movement while winding.

Step 3: Thread the Yarn

Thread the Yarn

Take the tail end of your yarn and feed it through the top of the yarn feeding arm. Be mindful not to obstruct the camera’s view if you’re recording your process. Ensure the yarn is threaded properly.

Step 4: Secure the Yarn

Secure the Yarn

At the top of the feeding arm, you’ll find two slots. Insert the yarn into these slots to hold it securely in place. Leave just enough of a tail to wrap around; it doesn’t need to be excessively long.

Step 5: Begin Winding

Begin Winding

Start rotating the handle of the yarn winder. Most winders work best when turned clockwise. Keep in mind the capacity of your winder. The Stanwood Yarn Ball Winder can handle up to 10 ounces of yarn, making it suitable for bulkier yarns or creating neat cakes like the one you’re making.

Step 6: Adjust Tension

As you wind, be prepared to adjust tension if you encounter any resistance or the yarn jumps out of place. This is normal, especially as you approach the end of your skein. Sometimes, letting gravity assist you can help maintain even tension.

Step 7: Remove the Yarn Label

You can remove the yarn label when you’re confident that the winding is going smoothly. Be sure to inspect your wound yarn for any knots or breaks, which are easier to address now than during your crafting project.

Step 8: Final Steps

How to Use a Yarn Winder

Slow down your winding toward the end of the skein to prevent any mishaps. If you encounter a knot or a tangle, address it before continuing. When you reach the end of your yarn, tuck the tail end under the wound yarn to secure it in place.

Step 9: Enjoy Your Yarn Cake

Lift your neatly wound yarn cake off the winder. You’ll have a tidy and organized yarn cake ready for storage or immediate use in your crafting projects.


Using a yarn winder like the Stanwood Yarn Ball Winder is a straightforward process that can save you time and frustration in your knitting and crocheting endeavors.

Remember to monitor tension, adjust as needed, and inspect your yarn for any issues before diving into your projects.

 Happy crafting! If you have any questions, feel free to comment below.

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