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Old 03-11-2007, 04:07 PM   #1
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Cones of yarn
Can you knit right off a cone or do you need to break it up into center pull balls or skeins. What is the best way to do this? I have a 4 oz ball winder and a swift coming. Just not sure how this works. I have a friend that wants a sweater out of organic cotton and we found a good deal for some that only comes in 1lb cones never worked with a cone before. Any help is appreciated
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Old 03-11-2007, 04:22 PM   #2
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Hi margaret, Since I am the laziest knitter in the world, I can't see any need to undo the cones. I do my crochet right off a cone and have no problems except sometimes it tips over and rolls across the floor. So now I put it into a box and it works fine.
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Old 03-11-2007, 04:37 PM   #3
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I just knit right off the cone, and have not problem
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Old 03-11-2007, 04:49 PM   #4
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I've never used a cone, but I would knit right off it...why break the yarn when you don't have to?
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Old 03-11-2007, 04:59 PM   #5
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Part of the beauty of knitting from a cone is that you can stick it on the floor and knit right off of it. I would not recommend winding it into balls if you don't have to.

One thing you can run across though is that some coned yarns are produced primarily for machine knitting in which case they may have what is called sizing oil on them. Most of the time you can just go ahead and knit with it and the sizing oil washes out when you wash it for blocking. However, I onced ordered some coned yarns from Webs that had so much sizing oil on them it was impossible to knit with them. The yarn was too stiff. In that case, the yarn would have to be unwound and washed first.
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Old 03-11-2007, 04:59 PM   #6
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I often buy cones because this yarn is much cheaper than skeins

You can work right off the cones. But if you have big cones it is sometimes more comfortable to wind some skeins.......for big cones you need a big bag if you like to knit somewhere else than at home :D

Is it a one-thread yarn? If not: try to give the yarn always a little bit tension between the cone and your work so you can avoid annoying loops
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Old 03-11-2007, 06:01 PM   #7
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great advice. I guess I will ask if it has sizing oil on it. I was buying a cone for the cost savings too. Organic cotton can be expensive in skeins and I needed like 1200 yards for the two projects I am doing for a friend.
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Old 03-11-2007, 06:02 PM   #8
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Yarn comes in cones???
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Originally Posted by Knitting_Guy
Yarn comes in cones???
i didnt know that either
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Old 03-11-2007, 07:12 PM   #10
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Why should it not come in (on? at?) cones?

Or that was a joke I can't understand?

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