From tangles to messes, yarn can really start to be a hassle. Keeping your yarn in good shape is the key to great crochet projects! From what I’ve learned over the years, yarn maintenance is all about the storage. Read about How to Store Your Yarn so that you can avoid any unwanted crochet mishaps!
Keeping Your Yarn in Perfect Shape:
1. Wind it up?
For a lot of crocheters, sometimes yarn starts piling up faster than you can crochet. When your collection starts to grow, yarn care and storage become a vital part of the crochet process. Many people buy a hank of yarn and immediately start rolling it in a ball, which is understandable – balls of yarn are convenient and easy to store. However, this may not be the best option when it comes to preserving your yarn quality. In a ball, the yarn on the inside is compressed by tension, but the outside yarn remains intact. You may find that your yarn has random stretched out pieces and thinner pieces because the fibers were squished.
Solution: Don’t wind your yarn into a ball until you are ready to start a project. Keep your hanks in a safe spot so that the yarn remains intact. When it comes time to make a ball, do it yourself using this tutorial:
How to Make a Center Pull Ball of Yarn
Here’s a video showing how to wind a center pull ball of yarn without any special tools:
The bane of every crocheter’s existence is a pile of tangled yarn. There a million ways to keep your yarn from tangling, many of which can be done using things you already have at home! Take a look at some of these innovative ways people use to avoid an irritable mess of yarn.
Make an Easy Yarn De-tangler out of an old plastic container! It’s perfect for working a project with multiple colors.
If you’ve ever taken apart a project because you missed a stitch, or something just didn’t seem right, you’ve probably run into the problem of frogged yarn. Keep all that frogged yarn untangled and use it for something else with this nifty Frogged Yarn Trick.
These don’t strike your fancy? Check out way more ideas to keep your yarn untangled HERE!
3. Keep it Organized!
Aside from keeping your yarn in good condition, it’s also good to keep it nice and neat. Sometimes you just have too much yarn to crochet, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a mess. I love these nifty organization tips because they not only keep things clean, but they also look cool!
These not for you? Check out a ton more yarn organization tips right HERE!
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What’s your best yarn storage trick?