DIY Yarn Swift Roundup – The Best Plans & Methods To Make One

Ever get sick of winding your yarn hanks on the back of chairs? I do! Luckily there’s a solution, DIY Yarn Swifts! No need to spend excessive amounts, buying one at the local craft store.

DIY Yarn Swift - A Roundup Of The Best To Help You Make Your Own

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These are great to make if you have a stash of unwound skeins and need to make your yarn winding easier. Below is a roundup of articles and videos of easy-to-follow tutorials with clear instructions.

Note: If you have trouble finding materials needed, look in Home Depot, a hardware store, Ikea, or Etsy.

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Wood-Worked Yarn Swift

This is a five-minute tutorial that’s relatively easy to follow and is mainly made of wood.

To watch this video by Steve Ramsey from Woodworking For Mere Mortals, click here.

How Easy Is It To Make?

Measuring, cutting, gluing is needed to make this yarn swift. The gluing takes quite a while to set.

What’s the best thing about this yarn swift?

This yarn swift is specially designed to be stored. It’s great if you travel a lot.


  • The finished swift collapses so you can store it
  • Has holes for pegs so you can adjust the size to make the yarn hank fit
  • Has a hose coupling to make it spin, no particular spinning piece needed


  • Takes a couple of hours, the epoxy takes around 1 hour to set
  • Doesn’t give a size for the notches
  • Even though you can store it, it’s rather bulky and isn’t lightweight

Want me to recommend the best place to buy yarn for knitting? Let’s find out.

Tabletop Portable Yarn Swift

This tutorial is similar to the one above, except this yarn swift uses varnish to make it a nice color. Unlike Steve’s yarn swift, this article has instructions for assembly without feet.

To read the full tutorial, by Crafty Diversions on Instructables, click here.

How Easy Is It To Make?

This process takes around 2-3 hours. The tutorial also requires quite a few materials and tools, but not special ones. The hard parts include chiseling out the notches, and cutting with the hand saw. The rest is relatively straightforward.

What’s The Best Thing About This Yarn Swift?

You can set it on a flat surface and wind yarn easily.


  • You don’t need fancy tools
  • Has instructions for assembly with no feet
  • Gives a size for the notches
  • Has clear pictures which make assembly easier


  • It uses quite a bit of material and might have to buy more if you’re going from your garage tools
  • Takes hours

Want to find the best yarn bowls for sale? See my review of them.

DIY Swift & Yarn Ball Winder

This is a quick, simple tutorial that uses four materials. This tutorial has written and pictured instructions. A winder is also referred to as a yarn spooler.

To read the full tutorial by Sarah Rudder from Make | Hack | Learn, click here.

How Easy Is It To Make?

This is extremely simple, quick, and cheap to make, no gluing, cutting, or sawing.

What’s The Best Thing About This Yarn Swift?

The part you put the hank on is made out of a collapsible dish/wine rack, which makes it look rather nice.


  • Four materials needed, all cost around $10
  • Uses a turkey baster for this yarn winder diy


  • You use duct tape to secure the dish/wine rack and is very visible
  • It’s very bulky, and only the top part is collapsible

These tools are excellent when winding yarn for knit socks.

DIY Yarn Swift With A Coat Rack

This is similar to the one above, but what’s unique about this is it uses a coat rack instead of a wine/dish rack.

Read the full list of instructions Alyssa by from Measured and Slow here.

How Easy Is It To Make?

This tutorial has great pictures and instructions which are easy to understand.

What’s The Best Thing About This Yarn Swift?

It looks quite lovely when you’re finished.


  • You can find the materials at Goodwill and Home Depot.


  • Making pilot holes on the end of the pegs is a bit fiddly.

Would you rather buy one? Read my guide to the best yarn swift and ball winder combo.

DIY Knitting Yarn Swift

This is a very clever invention. This swift is made out of coat hangers, clothes pegs, a box, and a lazy Susan.

Click here for the full tutorial by Dara from Not In Jersey.

How Easy Is It To Make?

It’s pretty easy to make, the materials aren’t hard to get, and it doesn’t take long to assemble.

What’s The Best Thing About This Yarn Swift?

You can find the coat hangers in your closet, pegs on your washing line, a box from your garage, and a lazy Susan from your local shop.


  • Simple materials


  • Coat hanger may not stay very well on the pegs.

There you have it, a list of great yarn swift tutorials. Good luck with your yarn swift making, and happy winding.

If you don’t have the time or energy needed for the yarn swift plans mentioned in this post, I have some great value ones reviewed in my yarn swift article, which you can read here.

DIY Yarn Swift - A Roundup Of The Best Tutorials

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