Boye Electric Yarn Ball Winder

by S. Warren


Love yarn? Whether you knit or crochet, you’ll love the Boye Electric Yarn Ball Winder! Designed to ease your arms and hands from the tiring task of transforming a hank of yarn into a ready-to-use balls, the Yarn Ball Winder is another nifty little gadget featured by Simplicity.

Out of the box, the Yarn Ball Winder is completely assembled and ready to suction to your tabletop. No clamps or screws like other popular winders. To begin winding, secure the tail end of your skein by simply threading it through the guide hook and wrapping it through the metal “S” tension guide and finally slipping through the notch on the guide bar and then the notch at the end of the holder tube. It is important that you start the winding process with about two to three feet of loose yarn. Plug in the Yarn Ball Winder and turn the power dial to the right until you reach the desired winding speed. You should start out a slower speed until the yarn ball begins to form. Then slowly increase the speed.


One important thing to keep in mind is this is a yarn winder, not a yarn puller. Yarn must remain loose in order for the machine to operate properly.  As the winder creates the ball, you should continue to pull yarn from the skein feeding it gently into the yarn ball winder. For long loose skeins of yarn I simple placed a large knitting needle through the center of the skein and held it to the right of the Yarn Ball Winder. This made it easy to gently pull the yarn from the skein. If you hear any noises which might indicate you are overworking the machine, simply slow the speed and feed it more yarn.

When you pull the finished “ball” from the cone you will notice right away that it isn’t really a true ball shape. What you end up with is something looks more like a roll of toilet paper with flats ends and rounded sides and a hollow core. The advantage of a hollow core over the solid core of a traditional hand wound ball of yarn is that it ensures that the yarn is not wound too tightly causing the fibers of your yarn to be overstretched. As you begin to work with your yarn ball, you will notice  this core will loosen up even more.

Whether you are winding one ball of yarn for a scarf or twenty for a sweater, the Boye’s Electric Yarn Ball Winder from Simplicity is a true time saving device.

For more information, please visit the Simplicity Creative Group website.

This reviewer is not compensated for purchases made from links in this review. Sample product(s) were provided for testing and reviewing purposes. This item was used only for the purposes of this review.
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Nanny Jobs March 23, 2010 at 5:40 pm

The Electric Yarn Ball Winder is a great “machine” to keep at home. I was looking to purchase it and stumbled upon your blog. The Boye winder helps you eliminate a lot of work and does it in little time. really helps a lot.
I’d appreciate if you add a “Buy” link for this in the beginning of the post or maybe under the image. You can have an amazon link here. That will be nice.

Meghan May 30, 2010 at 3:41 am

Wow – I have never seen this before. I agree, you should add a buy it now button! I’m off to buy mine!

Jaymie December 8, 2010 at 6:15 pm

I have recently purchased this device and used it for the first time. The ball it very, very loose and I expect it to fall apart. Did I perhaps have he wrong tension? Or is this just the way the winder works?


Cheap Accountants June 19, 2011 at 10:35 am

This is really great, I’ve never seen ahything like it in my life. I’ve spent ages doing this manually, getting things tangled up, getting frustrated, all that woud have been prevented.

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