I have a handy yarn hack to share with you today! Keep your yarn from turning into a tangled mess while in use, in your bag, or in storage with this super simple DIY yarn cozy. All you need is an old pair of pantyhose or socks and a pair of scissors!
Why Use a Yarn Cozy?
A yarn cozy, also sometimes called a yarn sock or yarn sleeve, is great because it stretches around your ball of yarn and gently hugs it, keeping your wound nicely and clean while you work. If you pull your yarn from the center, it also compresses the ball gently as the center hollows without letting the yarn ball collapse.
How to Make Your Own DIY Yarn Cozy
First, pick a pair of pantyhose, stockings, or socks that still have a fair amount of elasticity. Lay it out in front of you and cut tubes of from the legs … that’s it! Now just use those tubes around around yarn cakes or any kind of center pull skein. This helps keep the outer yarn end from unraveling and getting tangled with your working end.
Such a lifesaver!
Rather Just Buy One?
So you like the idea but don’t want to make one. No worries, there are some very cute yarn cozies already made for you. You can check your local yarn shop for their selection or check some out on Etsy. I’m especially loving this adorable alpaca yarn sleeve I found on Etsy.
Now that you’ve tamed your yarn it’s time to find your next project! Check out my free crochet patterns here or my free knitting patterns here.
Thank you for the encouraging ideas. What a bunch of great ideas!!!
That is ingenious, thank you so much for helping me save money!
Thanks. This is better than the plastic bags with zip tops
Theresa Campbell says
Thank you. That sounds great and it’ll be tried.
I use cheap knee high hose. The white ones looks nicer to me.
Thanks for the hints
Two things that have worked well for me, are flower sleeves that come on fresh flowers that the florist get, they’re plastic mesh and the florists throw them away; they’re great for the smaller cakes . The other is a dollar store shower scrubbie, I cut the center cord and I have plenty of mesh. Great for the extra large skeins or large cakes. Love how they keep the outer yarn from tangling with the yarn coming from the center.
That is a great idea and a “why didn’t I think of that” moment. Thanks!
Super ! Oh la la, c’est cool ! C’est tout simple et maintenant, fini le fil extérieur qui m’embête !!! Un grand MERCI !!!
great idea..thank you!
Cool idea!! Thanks!
Great idea! Thank you!!