When it comes to knitting, few knitting machines can do it as quickly and easily as the Ball Winder. It takes less than a minute to wind up one skein of yarn using this innovative new knitting machine. This new Knit Picking Ball Winder allows you to transform skeins and hank into a compact, twist-proof yarn wedges and loops that sit neatly while you crochet and knit. The result is a smoother stitch that minimizes breakage and distortion. It eliminates the need for costly and time-consuming knitting needles and rugs
There are some things to consider before purchasing a Ball Winder. The most important factors are your needs, skills, and budget. The following are features of the Ball Winder and its competitor's products
-Yarn Chopper Compatible: Similar to the standard ball winder, the compatible pick can wind both loose and long yarn. However, this innovation allows you to pick yarn sized for knitting and less than the size required to produce larger stitches. You can also get a smaller pick for use in even smaller batches. Some ball winders can handle up to three pounds of yarn.
-Internal Cleaning/Wipe Systems: Internal cleaning means that the ball winder includes internal brushes which clean the tubes and the motor housing without requiring a full internal clean. Also, there is no need for you to vacuum the tubes and motor housing. Electric winders have brushes that clean the tubes and cleanse the air. However, you need to manually switch off the electric motor when you finish working with your yarn. External cleaning is preferred when you are finished
-Water Guide: You can now choose between different water guides as per your requirements. The basic one is the center-pull skein guide that facilitates easy winding yarn onto the hook. You can also choose a winder that has an adjustable water cup. This cup prevents the yarn from sticking onto the hook as well as allowing the ball winder to wind the yarn quickly
-Maxi Parts: The ball winders with the built-in Maxi parts facilitate fast and smooth winding. These are very efficient. They can be used for threading needles as well. You can purchase them at a retail price or even below wholesale prices. The needles are available in sizes ranging from ten ounces to sixty ounces. The larger sizes can be used to crochet socks, baby clothes, and blankets.
-Yarn Density: You can find high-density ball winders that have sixty grains of yarn per inch. High-density yarns prevent wear and tear. It also increases the diameter of the stitch. These are ideal for crocheting socks, making baby clothing, and much more.
-Clamp-On/Off: The ball winder with a clamp on the exterior helps you make sure that you take all the yarn swift with you. Once you remove the clamp, the yarn will be drawn through the hole. On the other hand, the ones with an internal clamp can be easily closed and drawn through the hole. If you wish to close the clamps on both sides, you can use a hank
- Partial Skeins: There are some ball winders that come with partial skeins. This feature allows you to crochet heavier items like baby blankets or even socks while keeping the small portion of yarn swift. However, keep in mind that it is harder to draw the yarn through the smaller holes. If you would like to crochet heavier items, consider buying whole skeins.
- Types of skeins: Different types of skeins are available in the market. Plastic skeins, cashmere, natural fibers, and heavy-duty skeins are some of the different types available. You need to choose the appropriate type depending on your needs. Keep in mind that if you are looking for balls, you should get a ball winder with a large hole. This will allow you to pull through as many skeins as possible.
- Center Pull Yarn Balls: Like most crocheting devices, a ball winder can also be used to create center-pull yarn balls. Center-pull yarns are usually used for making mittens, gloves, and other household accessories. You need to hook your hook through one hole and through the other hole on the same ball. You then pull up slightly through the ball winder's hook and continue threading through the remaining holes.
- Hooks: The length of the yarn will determine the size of the hooks you need. Small hook sizes are used when you are making yarn balls or lighter accessories. Larger hook sizes are ideal for working with bulky yarns or working with long wool threads. It is not advisable to crochet larger items using a ball winder unless you have a very large hook so that you can crochet a giant size scarf or blanket.