Craft Tip: Keep Balls of Yarn Tidy with a Pair of Old Tights

Craft Tip: Keep Balls of Yarn Tidy with a Pair of Old Tights | The Zen of Making

I’m working on a Color Affection shawl right now, and, while the knitting is super-easy, several weeks of juggling three separate balls of a particularly cranky linen/cotton blend has been just about enough to make me cry. So, after the 23rd time or so that the center-pull ball of my main color went supernova without warning (read: collapsed, then exploded around everything else in my project bag), my fiber-addled brain started coming up with some rather elaborate yarn-containment solutions. Luckily, before I went too far down the crazy invention rabbit hole, I remembered that tights existed, and my sanity was saved.

Craft Tip: Keep Balls of Yarn Tidy with a Pair of Old Tights | The Zen of Making

Is your yarn running amok? Do you have a drawer full of old tights (or stockings or hose or nylons) that should never again see the light of day? Perfect—we’ve just solved both your yarn and your tights-hoarding problems! Because, turns out, there’s no better place for your misbehaving balls of yarn to be than nestled snugly in the toes of old [clean] hosiery.

Here’s how it’s done:

Craft Tip: Keep Balls of Yarn Tidy with a Pair of Old Tights | The Zen of Making

Craft Tip: Keep Balls of Yarn Tidy with a Pair of Old Tights | The Zen of Making

Here’s how it works:

When you insert the ball of yarn into the toe of the tights, the remaining stretch in the nylon gently compresses around the yarn, keeping everything in place and preventing those maddeningly disastrous mid-project yarnsplosions.

Storing each ball of yarn in its own little pouch also keeps it from snagging, pulling, or tangling with other balls of yarn while knitting and crochet projects are bouncing around in a purses or project bags.

Craft Tip: Keep Balls of Yarn Tidy with a Pair of Old Tights | The Zen of Making

Don’t you just love a simple, smart solution?

11 thoughts on “Craft Tip: Keep Balls of Yarn Tidy with a Pair of Old Tights”

  1. Awesome idea. I tend to pull from the outside of my cakes, just because I don’t like the tension on the yarn pulled from the inside, but if I ever change my ways, I’m raiding my stocking drawer.

    Re: linen and linen blends, have you tried either of the Quince & Co 100% linens? If so, curious as to what you think.

  2. hi just read your post , what a great idea!! i have been using zip lock bags, and yes they work in keeping the yarn from going amuk with other yarn, it doesn’t always play well with itself. (can get amuk in the bag all by itself!) but this way it will solve both problems!!! Thanks!! Oh and you could still use the rest of the tights but cutting a length off and stitching one end closed and, there you have it another pocket to hold your yarn.

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