How to Make a Center-Pull Ball of Yarn by Hand

How to Make a Center-Pull Ball of Yarn by Hand

how to make a center pull ball of yarn by hand

We’ll show you how to make a center pull ball of yarn by hand…no tools or special gadgets required. This simple technique will keep your yarn stash neat and your yarn tangle free.

yarn wound in various forms

A center pull means that the yarn can be pulled from the center of the ball or skein. The ball stays stationary and does not flop around like it does when yarn is pulled from the outside of the skein.

Yarn comes packaged in several different ways.

Ball – Yarn wound in a round shape that has a center pull (purple ball top left in photo above).
Hank – A loose coil of yarn wound in a large circle with no center pull (red hank bottom in photo above).
Skein – An oblong ball of yarn with a center pull (yellow skein top right in photo above).

yarn in various states

There are several reasons for making a ball of yarn:

  • The skein is 3/4 used up and its shape is floppy and starting to turn into a tangled mess.
  • The hank is easier to work with as a ball of yarn.
  • A project has been frogged (ripped out) and needs to be turned into a ball.
  • A previous ball of yarn is starting to unravel.

How to Make a Center Pull Ball of Yarn by Hand

thumbs up for making a ball of yarn

1. Lay a yarn tail across your fingers with your thumb pointed up and the tail of the yarn dangling below your little finger. Close your fingers around the yarn. You’ve now got a thumbs up to go ahead with the yarn ball.

first wrap

2. Wrap yarn around your thumb at and angle…I usually wrap it on an \ angle. Wrap the yarn around approximately 10 times.

3. Twist that group of yarn about 1/4 turn to the left (clockwise).

2nd wrap

4. Wrap yarn around your thumb at the same angle \ as you did in step 2, again wrapping the yarn around your thumb about 10 times.

almost done wrapping yarn

5. Repeat steps 3 and 2 alternately until your ball of yarn is made.

how to make a center pull ball of yarn by hand

6. Remove your thumb from the center of the ball and that is where your center pull is.

Note: There are a lot of alternatives for this method of making a center pull ball of yarn.

  • You can wrap around two or three fingers instead of your thumb.
  • You can wrap around a knitting needle or crochet hook instead of your fingers or thumb.
  • You can twist your hand/thumb instead of twisting the yarn.
  • You can wrap the yarn around a piece of cardboard or plastic bobbin.

We use this center pull ball of yarn method ALL the time. We often find that after the center pull ball of yarn has been used a while, we will need to remake it. The partially used center pull ball tends to collapse and tangle (as seen in the black ball in the photo above).


Crochet Cup Cozy Patterns

Crochet Cup Cozy Patterns – Something for Everyone

We decided to make a crochet cup cozy or two. But once we got started, we couldn’t stop! As you can see, we made animals and holidays and seasons. Not to mention wild and crazy and elegant. There’s literally something here for everyone!

crochet cup cozy patterns

This set includes cozies for cups, mugs, cans, jars and more. The mug cozies fit through or around handled containers. The cup cozy fits nicely on a pint size canning jar making them great gift ideas as wells.

Over 20 crochet cup cozy patterns included!

BONUS: Star Trek cozy included!

Skill Level: Easy (with a few intermediate stitches)

Most projects use medium worsted weight yarn. This is a STASH BUSTER like no other!

Crochet Cup Cozy Patterns – Animals

When you make one animal crochet cup cozy…more are sure to follow. That was true for us, anyway. Let’s take a closer look at each:

animals cozies

  • SOCK MONKEY – Mug – Button eyes, 3D mouth and ears
  • OWL – Cup – Crocodile stitch wings
  • DOG – Cup – Spot behind eye, 3D nose and ears
  • BEAR – Cup – 3D nose and ears
  • LADY BUG – Mug – Button eyes act as clasp

Crochet Cup Cozy Patterns – Holidays

Some holidays are super fun to crochet into a cozy. We’ll be decorating for several special occasions with these cozies. Here’s what’s fun with this set:

holiday cozies

  • HEARTS – Cup – Create one, two or a whole ring of hearts
  • PATRIOTIC – Jar – Star adorned lid cozy
  • CUPCAKE – Cup – Has a cherry on top
  • PUMPKIN – Jar – Cute vine lid cozy
  • MUMMY – Cup – It’s a wrap
  • SANTA – Cup – Make with fur cuff or without

Crochet Cup Cozy Patterns –Seasons

It’s fun to get into the spirit of the seasons. We’ve created several seasonal cozies. We’ve even thrown in football season. Change the color and stitching and you can celebrate basketball or baseball season! Here are a few highlights:

seasons cozies

  • WINTER  – cup – two snowflake sizes
  • SPRING AND SUMMER – mug – Flower looks adorable in various colors
  • FALL LEAVES – cut – Cute 3D leaves
  • FOOTBALL – mug – Make with or without white striping

Crochet Cup Cozy Patterns –Wild and Crazy

We had so much fun creating cozies that we couldn’t resist making some quirky designs as well. Some are happy, some are random and some are cute. Here’s what fits in this category:

fun cozies

  • SMILE – cup – Stitch any grin
  • STAR TREK – cup – Change colors for different personnel
  • COUNTRY HEART – cup – Sweet button detail
  • JEANS / PANTS – mug – Stitch pockets and zipper
  • RADIOACTIVE – mug – Caution, contents may be hot

Crochet Cup Cozy Patterns –Frilly

Just for fun, we created a few frilly designs. These are more “girly” and are perfect for fancy yarns that will show off nice stitching. Cables and shells are a fun way to dress up any mug.

frilly cozies

  • SHELL – mug – Cute repeated pattern
  • SHELL WITH RUFFLE – mug – All dressed up
  • SINGLE CABLE – mug – Add buttons for flair
  • THREE CABLES – mug – Maximum fun with cables

Crochet Cup Cozy Patterns –Available in the Store

This crochet cup cozy set is now available in the store. All the patterns mentioned above are included! What a screaming deal!

The Star Trek cup cozy is available FREE with or without purchase. You can get your copy of it in the store.

Crochet Monkey Baby Blanket and Toy Set

Crochet Monkey Baby Blanket and Toy Set

Welcome new baby with this fun crochet monkey baby blanket and toy set. This pattern comes with the baby blanket, security blanket and three crochet block designs.

Lil Monkey blocks, security blanket and baby blanket

Perfect for newborns and little tykes, these three Lil Monkey accessories will get lots of use for years to come. Mix and match the colors to coordinate with baby’s nursery.

Crochet Monkey Baby Blanket and Toy Set – The Pattern

The crochet monkey set comes with three accessories: baby blanket, security blanket and toy blocks.

Skill Level: Easy

Baby with all Lil Monkey Set1. CROCHET MONKEY BABY BLANKET

Perfect for baby to sleep on or to be wrapped in to keep warm.

This simple blanket is crocheted in Rows with a simple single crochet ch-1 pattern. It’s dressed up with a crochet monkey face in one corner and mini hands in another.

Measures: 37” x 29”


Perfect for giving sweet little kisses to baby. And great as a security blanket for when the little tyke gets a bit older. This Lil Monkey can be carried by the arm, head or blanket. The satin edge makes it fun to rub between baby’s fingers. It’s the perfect bedtime buddy!

The stitch on the security blanket matches the larger baby blanket. The head and arms are crocheted in the round.

Measures: 9” x 9” when open

Baby with Lil Monkey Set


Babies will love batting these around. And as they get older, they will love stacking them up and knocking them down.

Mix and match the panels to make a wide variety of blocks. Included are stripes, solids, numbers, letters and a crochet monkey face and tail.

Measures: 4” x 4” x 4”

Security Blanket

Crochet Monkey Baby Blanket and Toy Set – Available in the Store

All three of these crochet monkey accessories are available in the Lil Monkey Accessories Set in the store.

This set is great for making gifts for baby showers. Make one or all three, the new mom is going to love them all.

This set includes: baby blanket, security blank and toy blocks.


Available in the Store

More Monkey Stuff in Store

baby monkey hat setWant more monkey stuff? Theses blankets and blocks have a matching hat set!

This hat set includes preemie and newborn size hats and diaper cover. It also has newborn booties and mitts.

Learn more about the Lil Monkey Baby Hat Set.

Not enough? There are is more monkey stuff in the store!