Whenever I try to get the center pull of a commercial skein of yarn, it ends up tangling and I just have to untangle the whole ball.

Are there any tips for a better center pull?

  • Is this center pull from a commercial skein, or a ball of yarn you've rolled yourself? – Erica Jun 19 '18 at 18:32
  • Commercial skein. 50% cotton 50% acrylic if that matters. :) – user4610 Jun 19 '18 at 18:35
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    This is why ball winders exist. Traditional skeins aren’t really meant to be pulled from. – Marnen Laibow-Koser Apr 12 '19 at 18:50

Assuming this is a commercial skein, I don't generally have issues. I am usually able to pull out the center of a skein. I would never guarantee that you can do this though.

This can be manufacturer specific. There is no mandate to ensure that you can get a center pull from a skein. However, when it comes to most of the skeins of the following style:

Skein collection

Image from paradisefibers.com

I can go in a grab the middle chunk and find the end in there. Sometimes you can find ones where they are specifically assembled for you to do this i.e. there is a tail stick out from the center. In many cases there is not a simple thread to pull but a small unorganized ball that you have to unravel first so don't give up too soon when looking for it. Once you unravel that chunk or ball then the rest is easy.

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  • I believe that put-up is called a “pull skein”, and it’s meant to be pulled from, as opposed to a traditional skein, which isn’t (though apparently it can be done). – Marnen Laibow-Koser Apr 29 '19 at 19:54

Are you using a yarn winder and swift to wind the yarn? We have found through trial and error that being able to maintain a consistent, and steady winding speed while not being too fast helps a lot with pulling from the center

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  • The question asker specifies (in a comment below) that they're using a commercial skein, so presumably they're not winding the yarn at all? – walrus Nov 13 '18 at 17:34

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