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Royal Ball Winder

A ball winder is an indispensable tool for working with yarn. This solidly-made ball winder will wind approximately 4 oz. center-pull balls direct from the swift or a cone. Easily clamps to a table or loom bench for stability and ease of use.

$45.99 each
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RoyalBall Winder
 
4.7

(based on 36 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (31)
  • Can withstand use (14)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Fast (4)

Cons

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    • Home (29)
      • Reviewer Profile:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A little gem...and hand-saver

    I bought one of these a few years ago thinking it was a self-indulgent little treat...and boy, was I wrong!

    Winding yarn into cakes lets me organize my stash...Read complete review

    I bought one of these a few years ago thinking it was a self-indulgent little treat...and boy, was I wrong!

    Winding yarn into cakes lets me organize my stash and workbag (DeWalt and Husky gator bags) better. The center-pull yarn cakes treat the yarn nicely by giving them structure (I wind a band of old-fashioned adding-machine paper tape around each cake, with the yarn label taped on). It saves my working hands and wrists from the painful repetitive motions of winding. It goes really fast! The cakes are much less prone to "yarn barf." And it makes the continual pulling out of lengths of yarn in use much easier and smoother. I normally park my in-process yarn cakes in a small metal mixing bowl or various plastic bins.

    Also I live with a house chicken, and while normally demure, she turns into SoccerSaurus when a rolling/in-use yarn ball is visible. The yarn cake format doesn't seem to intrigue her as much, so she settles for kicking finished unmated socks around the room.

    I used to be frustrated by the size limit of about 100 g (which you can extend a bit if you work carefully and gently nudge the guide-loop wire outward while controlling the angle the yarn feeds onto the spool). Over time I've gotten used to it.

    Best of all, winding my stash into yarn cakes has, ahem, let me buy more yarn. You can take that as a cautionary observation. Neatly wrapped yarn cakes take up much less space than the various balls and skeins. I have a rule that I cannot buy more yarn unless there is space in my existing storage system.

    One last thing, I use this tool to wind yarn cakes from skeins directly off the yarn swift I hacked from an IKEA tabletop lazy susan. It might also work with the other sorts of swifts as well.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good for small balls

    This works great as long as you don't want more than a 4oz ball. It is pretty useless to wind any larger hanks or skeins.

    This works great as long as you don't want more than a 4oz ball. It is pretty useless to wind any larger hanks or skeins.

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    5.0

    I Love This Ball Winder

    By Dee

    from Maryland

    About Me Intermediate

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Can Withstand Use
    • Easy To Setup
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Pricey

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    Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

    I bought this as a replacement for an old one someone gave me. I wished I had bought this sooner. Great product. Easy to turn knob. Works fast and makes the yarn into a nice bundle.

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    5.0

    Great

    By patg

    from buffalo, ny

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    Pros

    • Can Withstand Use
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

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      Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

      This is the same ball winder I purchased 30 some years ago except the gears are enclosed. Yarn tended to wrap around the old gears if I didn't hold it out beyond the yarn holder. This latest version has no such flaw. It also has a better mechanism for attaching to a table. The old winder tended to slip & slide. I liked the old winder but it could be very frustrating at times. The new winder works well and has improvements I really appreciate.

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      5.0

      I love this tool!

      By J the knitter

      from Ossining, NY

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Quick
      • Versatile

      Cons

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        • Home

        Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

        Since I got my ball winder, I've used it on a wide range of yarns, fingering weight to worsted weight. It works really well, always producing a neat pull-from-the-middle ball. So much better than winding it by hand! I would recommend this to anyone who regularly buys yarn in hanks or other hard-to-knit-from forms.

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        5.0

        Decided to upgrade.

        By Capless

        from NH

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use

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          Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

          I've used and inexpensive winder from Knit Picks for about 2 years. It started making a "clunk" noise early on but I went slowly and nursed it along until I decided to replace it before it went completely.

          Did a little research and found Royal was popular and got good reviews.
          The winding handle is smooth and the whole machine has a more substantial feel. I believe it will prove durable for home use and small LYS's that offer winding service.

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          5.0

          Best Gift I bought myself!!

          By karburr

          from Taylor,Michigan

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Quick

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            Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

            Love this product, never thought I would buy one, I do have a nostepinne, but when I bought 12 hanks of yarn...I thought I need to get myself a yarn winder...best thing I ever purchased for myself.

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            5.0

            Terrific!

            By Kshell

            from Columbus, ohio

            About Me Novice

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            • Easy To Use

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              Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

              Bought this for my 82 year old mother who does not wish for much. Bought on the recommendation of a friend who crochets with her at church. She loves it! Like a little kid at Christmas!

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              • Yes

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              4.0

              Considering buying a yarn winder?

              By Vicki

              from San Diego, Ca

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                  Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

                  Easy to set up, easy to use. I was on the fence about getting one and went ahead and bought this brand. One of the best decisions I've made as it's made things a bit easier. I use a chair to hold the yarn while I wind it, but you can get a swift. Only problem I have with the yarn winder is everyone around me thinks it's a toy and wants to use it.

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                  4.0

                  Might actually be perfect

                  By Hanna

                  from Albuquerque, NM

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                    Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

                    Works like a charm. I've been winding a lot of lace weight yarn, with no breaks and no issues when working with the balls. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because I've only had it for a couple months. It seems like it will stand the test of time, but I can't attest to that as of now.

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                    5.0

                    Love it!

                    By seaslugs

                    from San Diego, CA

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                    • Can Withstand Use
                    • Easy To Use

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                      Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

                      I borrowed one first from a friend and loved it so much that I decided to buy the exact same ball winder from Royal. It works easily enough that I haven't bothered buying a swift to pair with it. I just loops the yarn hank around my left hand and elbow, insert one end to through the guide loop into the holding notch, and wind with my right hand. Delicate yarns might need more specific handling.

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                      5.0

                      Just what I wanted

                      By Lynda

                      from Dublin, OH

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                        Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

                        This is just what I wanted. It works exactly as I had hoped.

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