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My Yarn Swift Guide for 2020. What to Choose and How to Use. All The Best Options

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Having a Yarn Swift Makes Life Easier

A Yarn Swift is a tool for taming skeins or hanks of fiber. One of the more popular varieties is the umbrella swift, a clever device for holding skeins under tension so you can unravel them and easily wrap your yarn into balls or cakes if using a yarn winder.

When you have this nifty tool, winding fibers from a hank or skein is so much easier.

There are various types of yarn swifts on the market – straightforward metal and plastic ones and beautiful wooden yarn swifts.

I’ve researched what’s out there and made some recommendations.

I’ve read suggestions from top bloggers and sifted through 5-star reviews and customer ratings. Here are the results of my findings.

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What Is A Yarn Swift?

A Swift is made of either wood or metal and plastic. It’s considered an essential tool for any knitter or crocheter.

Yarns are sold as “non-balls”, in hanks or skeins. What is a hank of yarn? A hank is when yarn is loosely wound into a large ring shape and then twisted on itself.

This tool enables yarn hanks or skeins of yarn to be held in place when winding yarn into balls. It is also used by spinners and hand yarn dyers as a skein winder to wind loose yarn into a big circle or ring. This is then tied and put into hank form.

They allow for trouble-free balling, free from tangles and knots.
If you are using a Yarn Ball Winder with your swift, you can create yarn cakes, rather than balls. (We highly recommend using a Ball Winder.)

There are numerous types, and they can be handheld, tabletop design, umbrella-style or vertical. A Squirrel Cage Yarn Swift is vertical model. More on all those styles below.

You may be asking yourself as a knitter, do I need a yarn swift? I am a true believer in saving time, and yarn swifts are a great tool to have in your possession. I mean, we’re all wanting to get to the good stuff which is the knitting! Am I right?

On the other hand, winding with a combination of a yarn winder and yarn swift is fun. Seeing your stash of hanks and skeins becoming neat little yarn cakes can be addictive.

Just don’t let it take you away from the pure joy of knitting. (You’ve been warned.) They are just such fun to use!

I hope that these yarn swift reviews help you make a choice which one is right for you.

 By The Bay Yarn Co hand dyed yarns on her swift
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How To Use

Winding yarns with a yarn swift starts by clamping the swift onto a table or countertop. To protect your table surfaces, expert knitters recommend using a tablecloth or some padding.

To make the whole process of winding a ball from a skein, follow these simple instructions:

  • To begin, slide the clamp at the base of the swift onto your table and tighten the bolt.
  • Remove the label and untwist the skein or hank. You will be left with a big ring of thread.
  • Pop the ring of fiber goodness over the top of the yarn swift which will be in the down position.
  • Pull the ring of fiber lightly, so the far side of the hank is against the middle shaft. Open up the arms like an umbrella (umbrella swift is a common name for this tool) until the yarn is taut on the swift.
  • Then secure the umbrella clamp in place.
  • Spin around and find all the sections of the hank/skein that’s been tied.
  • Remove these ties.
  • You will find that there will be one end that seems to be on the outside of the skein and the other on the inside.
  • Use the end that is on the outside to start winding your ball. This will make things easier.
  • The swift holds the yarn in place with tension.
  • Then you are ready to start winding your ball.
  • And a smile will instantly appear on your face as you see the neat yarn cakes begin to form with little effort. 🙂 Such fun!

How to Use A Yarn Swift and Ball Winder

Using an Umbrella Swift and a Ball Winder Combo will save you an enormous amount of time.

For our recommendations on yarn ball winders visit my post. https://knitlikegranny.com/yarn-winder/.

The beauty of using a yarn ball winder and yarn swift will mean you have center pull cakes. (Having the end in the middle is much more convenient when it’s time to knit.)

Using this combination, can you imagine how much neater your fiber stash will look?

Here is a fabulous tutorial by Stacey at Very Pink Knits demonstrating this combination of ball winder and metal/plastic swift and how to ball yarn for the best results. Watch how yarn in hank form becomes neat yarn cakes.

Using a Yarn Winder and Swift

What Is An Amish Yarn Swift?

An Amish Yarn Swift, (otherwise known as a tabletop yarn swift), is a swift of simple wooden design.

An Amish style swift comprises of a swivel base, with 4 arms, made of 2 pieces of wood that crisscross giving it durability.

Each of the 4 arms has holes in them, so with 4 removable pegs. The pegs move position depending on how big the loop of an unwound skein is.

The pegs in the arms hold the hank of yarn in place as the swift spins.

You need to consider the amount of space you have available.

Amish Yarn Swift with pink yarn used by Woolen Whimsey
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Ewe University Video

Kristine Kelly of Ewe University showcases different kinds of yarn swifts in her video. I enjoyed watching it and found it very informative and helpful. You can view the entire program in the link below.

If you don’t have time to watch the whole thing, I’ve summarized it by giving the most essential points.

Unless you are interested in card making, yarn yardage counter gadget, and a review of a book, Oil and Marble, skip to 19.59 time mark to get the great information on Yarn Swifts.

Getting To Know The Different Types

Yarn Swifts are adjustable devices in which a hank is placed to wind it into balls.

Often used in conjunction with yarn ball winders that create yarn hanks into center pull balls, or yarn cakes or yarn muffins as Kristine likes to call them.

They can be used to hold the fibers while you wind balls by hand.

The swift is only needed when your chosen fiber comes in a skein or hank because it comes in a big loop.

As knitters know, the ability of winding a hank without a swift is a challenge. The beauty is, the yarn swift holds the yarn for you. Like an extra pair of hands. The other methods are using the backs of two dining room chairs or have someone hold the hank for you, while you wind.

The latter would be most annoying for both of you. After all, you should be knitting, not laboriously winding.

Loops range in size, some are smaller circles, and some are larger. It is imperative the type of swift adjusts to different hank circumferences.

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Umbrella Yarn Swift

The most common swifts are umbrella swifts made of wood (known for it’s durability) or metal and will collapse relatively flat for storage.

Kristine demonstrates the use of an umbrella swift – see our written instructions in the section How To Use A Yarn Swift or jump to 22.22 time stamp to watch.

Umbrella style swifts have either a flat base for a tabletop surface or a clamp to attach to a side of a table. Some are tall and stand on the floor. Materials vary from wood to metal and plastic.

Ewe University Stanwood Umbrella Yarn Swift with teal green wool placed on it

Stanwood Needlecraft Umbrella Style

Kristine owns a Stanwood Needlecraft Umbrella Swift in the large size. Made from finely sanded Birchwood. It can handle up to 8ft of yarn in circumference. The ribs of the swift are tied with hemp cord, similar to other umbrella swifts. It clamps firmly to the side of a table, chair, bench or any surface up to 1 ¾ inch thick. It needs a lot of space.

Stanwood Needlecraft also makes an umbrella Swift in a medium size and can handle up to 6ft of yarn in circumference. You need to assess what room you have to set up a Swift.

Another idea is to clamp the swift on the back of a chair, on its side so it turns vertically.

Umbrella Yarn Swifts vary in price from inexpensive metal/plastic ones to more exotic wooden ones. The cheaper styles only suit lighter weight fibers with smaller circumferences. They’re not as sturdy as the wooden ones; people have problems with their durability and on occasion breaking.

Kristine is happy with it for home use. If she had a yarn shop, she would need to upgrade.

Amish Wooden Yarn Swift from Ewe University

Tabletop or Amish Style

The Tabletop Yarn Swift or Amish style swift seems to be gaining in popularity. Jump to 25.36 to see the Amish style Swift.

Made of wood with two pieces of wood that crisscross in the middle to create 4 arms. On each of the arms, there are a series of holes where pegs can be inserted. Pegs can be moved to accommodate different circumferences.

One good thing about the Amish Swift is that if you or someone you know are handy with woodworking, these swifts are not difficult to make. The materials are straightforward to source. The bottom can have rubber or felt pads to help protect surfaces and prevent scratches.

Consider a DIY Yarn swift if you have the skills. Kristine’s husband made one for her. He found Amish yarn swift plans and homemade yarn swift instructions online. How to make a swift is outlined on websites.

Amish Swifts vary in price but are cheaper than Umbrella-Style Swifts.

The Amish Swift is placed on top of a table and spins around. No need for clamps. Jump to 27:25 to see an Amish Swift in action.

Be aware that these swifts take up a lot of space and storing one away are an issue. Some come apart but some do not.

Favored by some spinners/dyers for their hand dyed and spun yarns to form hanks.

Goko Schact Yarn Swift loaded with teal green yarn

Vertical Yarn Swift

The last style of Swift Kristine mentions is a vertical swift.

Umbrella swifts can vertically spin. But Kristine researched on Google what vertical swifts are available.

These swifts for sale range in price depending on the features included. People are making these styles of umbrella swifts and then selling them online. Most users seem to be dyers who package their yarns in hank form.

The vertical swift that Kristine owns is one from Schacht Goko.

Kristine demonstrates the vertical yarn winder with a yarn hank at point 29:25 if you’d like to jump to there.

The Goko Yarn Swift is a Japanese design style based on industrial swifts. Kristine finds it excellent for fine, delight fibers like lace weight yarns.

She also uses it for other weights of fibers. Kristine finds it very helpful to re-skein yarns (back into hanks) that she has in balls. (These are ones she’s not going to use because the project didn’t go ahead.)

This type of swift isn’t as popular in the knitting world as the Umbrella or Amish version.

How to Use a Vertical Yarn Swift

The way you use a vertical swift is place the swift on a table or on the floor. It has a wood base with 2 arms extending upwards and an aluminum wheel where the yarn loop is set. She notes that the wheel is a bit fragile and could be bent out of shape if dropped. However, the lightness and flexibility of the thin metal wheel, are what makes it work so well.

The Goko Swift model can only handle yarn loop circumferences of 57” to 64”. It is not as adjustable as other types. Storage can be an issue as it does not break down in any way. However, some people like to leave it out. It’s an item of interest and adds character to their craft room.

Clamping horizontal swifts on to chair backs creates a vertical type.

Here is the video. Well worth watching 🙂 (Make sure to check out her channel, there’s a wealth of information.)

Amish Yarn Swift vs Umbrella Swift

If you have space in your home for placing your swift on the table, then the Amish Yarn Swift would be an option. The downside of these kinds of swifts is they often don’t pack away easily, so not as simple to store.
The Umbrella Swift does fold down and can be easily stored away.

Which One Should I Buy?

There are many yarn swifts on the market with different features. I’ve listed some of the most popular types in my reviews.

There is a handy checklist further down the page. When choosing the one right for you think of the space you have, your budget and the size of hanks you have in your stash.

Knit Picks Onyx Wooden Yarn Swift

Knit Picks Onyx Wooden Swift
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Sturdy construction made of wood, laminated birch in black. The wood umbrella swift is uncomplicated to operate and very compact when it is packed away.
The black finish would look stylish in any room and is a point of difference.

Pros

  • The Knit Picks Yarn Swift is made of laminated birch wood.
  • The table clamp has a range of about 1 1/2 inches to 1 5/8 inches, so it means you can clamp it to a variety of tables, shelves or even a chair.
  • Suitable for different weights of yarn.
  • Made of strong materials.
  • Spins smoothly and efficiently
  • Golden brass hardware.
  • Hard-wearing screws
  • Very quick to set up and packs down for storage.
  • Simple to order online.

Cons

  • You may need to use wood wax or polish to ensure the center sliding mechanism to go up and down easily. Not a big issue.

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Knit Picks Birch Yarn Swift

Knit Picks Birch Swift
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Sturdy construction made of wood, a cinch to operate and very compact when it is closed. This is considered Knit Picks Signature swift.

One of our lovely readers, Sonia S, took the time to email in her experience of using one.

Here’s what she said. “I have the Knit Picks model, and my only complaint is that the holding pegs are too small to get a good grip on to turn.”

Pros

  • Made of wood.
  • The table clamp has a range of about 1 1/2 inches to 1 5/8 inches.
  • So it means you can clamp it to a variety of tables, shelves or even a chair.
  • These yarn swifts are made of strong materials.
  • Quick to set up and packs down for storage.

Cons

  • This model may need to use wood wax or polish to ensure the middle shaft sliding mechanism to go up and down easily.

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Stanwood Needlecraft Wooden Umbrella Style (Medium)

Stanwood Needlecraft Wooden Umbrella Swift (Medium)

A medium-sized solid Umbrella Swift, made of birch wood material with a finely sanded finish.

The craftsmanship is evident and it would look good in any craft space. Great care has been taken with the overall construction and performance, to make sure it lasts for years.

Able to handle skeins of 6ft in circumference. When working it is fairly quiet and the spin is smooth. One of the more popular tool brands.

The manufacturer selects wood pieces without scars or blemishes so that these yarn swifts are less vulnerable to breakage and have a lovely uniform sanded finish. The ends of metal tying wires are hidden into holes so no rough edges to hurt your hands or snag the yarn.

Although the wood can take a lot of punishment, it can break if dropped, stepped on, or bent, so take care.

Pros

  • The Stanwood Needlecraft Medium size can hold up to 6ft skein in circumference.
  • Can clamp onto a variety of surfaces, 1 3/4 inch thick such as tables, benches or chairs.
  • Very sturdy construction made of quality wood.
  • Spins effortlessly
  • Packs down for storage.

Cons

  • On rare occasions, the clamp screw part can sometimes crack but screw replacements can be purchased.
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Stanwood Needlecraft Wooden Umbrella Style (Large)

Stanwood Needlecraft Wooden Umbrella Swift Large

Made of solid wood and folds away. This swift can handle larger hanks with bigger circumferences.

When folded out it will take up quite a bit of space in the room. Be sure to think about where you will have yours when in use.

This swift works well with all yarn weights from the finest spun cashmere to super chunky merino roving.

With no metal hooks on the ribs to catch or snag yarn, even the finest strands wind off easily from start to finish.

It is possible to use this yarn swift vertically by attaching it to a chair back.

Pros

  • Made of solid quality wood.
  • Can handle skeins with a circumference of 8.5ft.
  • Clamps easily to the edge of a table, bench or chairs without scratching the surface.
  • Able to easily adjust the clamp screw.
  • Spins with ease.
  • Will clamp on to edge up to 1 3/4 thick.
  • Compact when not in use.

Cons

  • Some customers may not like the ties made of hemp, that hold the umbrella ribs section together.
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Stanwood Needlecraft Tabletop Amish Style Wooden Swift

Stanwood Needlecraft Tabletop Amish Style Wooden Swift

Built of solid wood, this tabletop Amish Style swift has pegs to make it easily adjustable for smaller or larger rings of yarn. As the name suggests it is used on top of a table, or some people prefer a floor.

The finish is created by fine sanding and no varnish or polish is used.

It spins smoothly and makes yarn winding a fun job. You can even take it to a knit night because it comes apart and assembly is fairly quick to do.

There are no screws, it is made completely of wood. The two base pieces fit together and then a short dowel is placed in the middle. On top of the dowel goes the 2 arms, when crisscrossed create the 4 arms. The 4 pegs are then placed where it will suit the circle of yarn size best.

When not in use, you can disassemble and store. Be aware that it does take up a bit of room on a surface.

Pros

  • Not difficult to assemble.
  • Fine sanded finish so no heavy wood varnish fumes.
  • Sturdy when on tables as it has 4 non-slip pads on the bottom surface. Can be easily adjusted by moving pegs to hold various sizes of skeins between 2 1/2 – 6 ft in circumference.
  • Smooth spinning.
  • Quality parts can easily come apart for storage.

Cons

  • You will need to consider the amount of space required.
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Schacht Ultra Umbrella Swift

Schacht Ultra Umbrella Swift

What the expert knitters use – if you are planning to use your swift very often this swift is a work horse. Tough, sturdy and reliable, enough to pass onto the next generation, the only one you will ever buy.

The unique design allows this swift to be used horizontally or vertically using a quick release pin.

A swivelling knob and ball bearings creates a superior smooth winding experience.

One great feature of this swift is how the ribs open for holding the hanks. The ribs open from the top down, which means you have the ability to get the ribs into place because your back muscles help you push them down.

You don’t have to reach in or through the ribs to push up the ribs into position, you push down on the ribs and tighten the black knob to lock them in.

See it in action below.

Pros

  • The arms open from the top down
  • It switches from a horizontal to vertical rotation with a simple pull of a locking pin.
  • Clamps on most tables, even those with thick edges
  • Steel pins and plastic buttons hold the ribs in place
  • The metal rod in the middle helps with stability and noise reduction when spinning
  • This swift accommodates sizes of hanks up to 93 inches in diameter.
  • Handles different types of yarn weights.
  • Easy to collapse for storage

Cons

  • Not lightweight which is a disadvantage
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Glimakra Wooden Swift (Large)

Glimakra Wooden Swift

Swedish umbrella style which spins freely and can handle up to 100 inches in circumference.

Pros

  • Made by a Swedish company
  • Solid wood with a smooth finish
  • Fully collapsible which means it stores easily.
  • Spins freely and can handle up to sizes of 100 inches skein circumference
  • Easy to assemble

Cons

  • Can be a little bit squeaky at first but with the addition of a little wood wax, customers have found this fixes it.
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Nirvana Needle Arts Twister Tabletop Swift – Limited Edition Rosewood

Nirvana Needle Arts Tabletop Swift

Beautiful Rosewood finish on this antique looking tool. Smooth turning and can handle up to 2.5 lbs of fiber. Adds a touch of antique charm to a craft room.

The style has arms that extend out but there are no clamps. It stands on top of a surface.

The base is heavy enough to stay in place while spinning.

Pros

  • Excellent stabilizing wood base
  • Place on a table without any clamps
  • Spins smoothly
  • Rosewood finish gives it an heirloom look
  • Can handle up to 76″circumference of wool
  • Easy to assemble and dismantle for easy storage

Cons

  • Pointy edges where the yarn can be stopped from slipping off.
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If the product is currently unavailable, take a look at this best heirloom yarn swift alternative on Etsy.

“Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.” ― Elizabeth Zimmermann

Beka Yarn Swift used by @ oakandashe with cream coloured yarn loaded on it
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Beka Yarn Swift

Beka Yarn Swift

The Beka brand is a tabletop swift with a heavy base. Made of hard maple wood, with metal ball bearings that make it spin smoothly.

It is made up of these pieces – 2 long bottom bars that help support the dowels, 2 shorter bars that hold the dowels in place on the top, 4 dowels, a center support beam, a base that spins similar to a lazy susan, a top nob with a washer and 4 rubber feet.

Good news is, it’s not complicated to assemble. Due to the sloping of the dowels smaller circles of yarn can be put towards the top and larger ones can be put near the bottom.

Pros

  • Easy to assemble with clear instructions
  • Rotates smoothly
  • Quiet spinning
  • Great stability
  • Simple to place the wool loop over the top

Cons

  • Does not fold down for easy storage. It is possible to disassemble and pack away pieces.
  • Requires a fair amount of space
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ChiaoGoo Wooden Amish Style

ChiaoGoo Amish Design

The Chiaogoo Amish Design Swift has a smooth wood finish. It can handle up to 62” circumference skein of yarn. It has 4 moveable pegs make it adjustable to fit different circumferences of skein loops.

Putting it together is not difficult, it comes in 4 pieces, 2 for the base and two to make the crisscrossed arm sections. There are 5 dowels, 4 used as pegs and a shorter one that is placed in the middle of the base, which the arms go over.

The peg holes are labeled with the size skein in both inches and centimeters, which other users have found to be very helpful.

Pros

  • Simple and fun to use
  • Parts easy to assemble
  • This swift design can handle varying circumferences of skein loops
  • No clamps – placed flat on table or floor
  • Smooth finish so no snagging of fiber

Cons

  • Doesn’t fold down and pack away, but customers have found it easy enough to disassemble.
  • Will need space
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Lacis Small Swift

Lacis Swift Yarn Winder

An umbrella style swift. It’s versatile when it comes to positioning it. It can clamp on the edge of a table, bench or chair. Works well with smaller amounts of yarn.

Pros

  • Easy to assemble
  • Simple to use
  • Can fold down for storage

Cons

  • Not as smooth a finish as other swifts.

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Cutehill Umbrella Swift

Cutehill Umbrella Swift

I have just updated this post and didn’t originally include it.

The fact that it is made of plastic and metal meant it is not as sturdy as the other wooden options available.

Readers have got in touch and said that they’ve found it works great as a basic, budget option and for knitters who won’t be winding lots.

It’s lightweight and can pack down for easy storage. This swift easily converts to a vertical and angled swift by the turn of a wing nut.

Account for the fact that it is fragile so treat it carefully.

Pros

  • Easy to assemble
  • Easy to use
  • Can fold down for storage

Cons

  • Not as sturdy as wooden versions.
  • Advice from our readers is you must have padding between it and the table you are clamping it to due to the burrs in the plastic covering for the clamp.
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Boye Yarn Swift

Boye Yarn Swift

Lightweight and portable (does not attach to the table). Simple and easy to use, made of aluminum with high quality plastic fittings. Store it in the cylinder it comes packaged in.

Pros

  • When folded up, the swift only measures 12″ long x 2″ wide.
  • Lightweight and portable due to plastic and aluminum construction.

Cons

  • There is no option to clamp onto a table so it can move.
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Handzcraft Wooden Umbrella Swift

Handzcraft Wooden Umbrella Swift

And lastly here is a brand new addition. The Handzcraft Wooden Umbrella Swift.

It is too early to tell if it is actually better than the rest but it does come with a one year unconditional warranty. Which is the reason why I have included it here.

Similar dimensions to the popular Stanwood Needlecraft Wooden Umbrella Swift, means it can hold roughly the same skein circumference of 6ft. And the table clamp fits on widths of 1.8 inches. The width when the swift is opened out is 24 inches.

Pros

  • It gets delivered totally assembled, in one piece.
  • So less hassle.
  • Full one year warranty, no questions asked, money back guarantee.
  • Handzcrafts state their products are made from fairly traded quality woods.
  • Clamps on edges up to 1.8 inches thick.
  • Price is comparable to others

Cons

  • Totally new product.
  • So no track record of happy customers as yet.
  • It is an unknown quantity.
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Sarah at Map and Loom Umbrella Wooden Yarn Swift with natural yarn
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Best Yarn Swift

The best yarn swift is one where the swift is made of sturdy, solid materials, like wood and does not easily break. It works beautifully and has a smooth spin.

Lots of knitters swear by the Stanwood Needlecraft Wooden Umbrella Swift Yarn Winder.

Sanded finish and made of solid wood, is a cinch to store and built to last.

It is available in a medium size and large size models. Winding yarn with a swift makes life so much easier. No need for the ‘knee method’ or using your dining room chair. Best of all, no disgruntled others – partners/friends!
Say goodbye to a tangled mess of yarn.

Yarn Swift and Hand dyed yarn skeins

Buying Checklist

So there you go. Are you ready to make things easier for yourself or someone you know by having a yarn swift?

Here is a quick checklist to consider when buying the best yarn swift:

  • Sturdy Construction YES/NO
  • Smooth Finish YES/NO
  • Ease of Set Up YES/NO
  • Adjustable for different circumferences of yarn YES/NO
  • Does it pack down for storage YES/NO
  • Do I have enough space to store it YES/NO

Checking off the above is a good idea before you purchase.

Do you have a favorite swift I haven’t mentioned? Let me know.

I know you will find something to add to your collection of super helpful knitting tools. Hope this advice helps to make your purchase.

Now It’s Your Turn…

I’d like to hear what you have to say. What did you think about today’s guide?

Or maybe you have a question about my article. Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now or send me a message on Twitter.

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12 thoughts on “My Yarn Swift Guide for 2020. What to Choose and How to Use. All The Best Options”

  1. What are the two umbrella swifts used in the “handwashdryflat” picture and Sara@hobbybirdknits picture? Very much appreciated your review – Thank you!

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    • Hi Michelle. Thanks so much for your kind comment, so glad we could help. Stanwood Needlecraft Wooden Umbrella Swift Medium. We’d love hear back from you, about the swift you chose and how you find it. We always update our posts with comments from our lovely readers. Happy Knitting 🙂

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  2. A couple of other swifts I’ve seen are the Paradise Fibers Super Swift (a variant Amish-style, where the adjustments are made by sliding the arms in & out, instead of moving pegs to different holes) and the one that Darn Good Yarn used to sell (which looked like the heirloom-style swift you covered; the one they currently have is an umbrella-style).

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  3. Great list Jodie. Writing the pros and cons in addition to reviews is something very thoughtful. Would you mind reviewing Handzcraft Yarn swift as well? I’ve heard from one of my friends that she bought handzcraft yarn swift after much research and found to be very useful. I will make my decision based on your review. Thank you so much 🙂

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    • Hi Sarah
      So glad you’ve found our reviews for Yarn Swifts helpful.
      That’s great that your friend has found one to suit her. Sounds like it would be a great addition to our review.
      I have been searching and I can’t find any info or any mention of a yarn swift with that name.
      Can you ask your friend where she got it, as I am sure many of our other readers would also be interested.
      Would love to know more please 🙂
      Cheers Jodie 🙂

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  4. Thanks for a fantastic and very informative article! I am new to all of this and years ago when I first learned to knit our local yarn shop would wind wool for loyal customers even if it wasn’t purchased there. The shop is long closed and I am picking up knitting needles again and decided I needed my own support tools!

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    • Thanks so much Elizabeth for your kind words, so glad you’ve found my post helpful. What a lovely yarn shop that must have been, sorry to hear it is no longer in your area. Having a swift and a yarn winder are certainly a great investment for a knitter. I’d love to hear back from you on which option you end up selecting and once you’ve used your ‘support tools’, as you so aptly described let me know your thoughts. Happy Knitting! Cheers Jodie

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  5. Thanks for ranking the yarn swifts and ball winders. We are interested in being considered for the ranking. How does it work and how can we be considered? We have been handcrafting yarn swifts probably longer than most others.

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