Tangle Free Yarn Storage: Quick and Easy DIY

I feel like I have tried every trick in the book or idea on pinterest to create the perfect Tangle Free Yarn Storage. I have tried, totes, bags, and winding all my skeins of yarn into pretty cakes and hanging them on pegs on my wall.

Yet some how the end result is always the same. I rummage through my stash in a hurry and yarn ends come loose and start to tangle up with other skeins. After a while it is one big tangled mess.

This year I put creating a tangle free yarn storage solution high on my New Year’s Resolutions List. I was determined to find a solution. I am thrilled to tell you that I found it.

Keep reading to learn how to quickly, and easily make your yarn storage tangle free, plus more tips and tricks to make this DIY solution work the best for you. I even created a video to show you how to put them on and a printable available to my newsletter subscribers to organize your yarn stash.

Keep reading and I will show you:

How to make  Skein Saver (My name for them.)

Show you a video of how to put them on your yarn.

Information you need to record for each skein.

How to Calculate how much yarn you have.

How to Track your Yarn Stash.

If you are one of my newsletter subscribers you will also find two new printables on my Printable Resource Page, the Yarn Stash Tags and Yarn Stash Tracker. Newsletter subscribers have exclusive access to all my printable resources.

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The Tangle Free Yarn Storage Solution

First I noticed it is much easier to keep full skeins of yarn nice and neat. They have paper bands that fit just right and their ends are tucked away. It is when we start using the yarn that everything begins to unravel. Literally!

We start pulling the very center out of our pretty little yarn skein and all of a sudden the paper band just doesn’t stay put and eventually gets lost and the loops and loops of yarn start dancing around each other into numerous knots.

What we need is a band that shrinks down as we slowly pull the innards from our yarn, keeping everything nice and snug and tangle free. Let me show you how to quickly, easily make one for almost nothing!

What you will need for a Tangle Free Yarn Storage

All you will need to make these adjustable bands, or Skein Savers as I like to call them, is scissors and a few pairs of socks! Yes, socks!

You can use some pairs you have lying around, maybe missing their match or holes in the heel. I ran out to the local Dollar Tree and 99 cent store and picked up some cute printed socks.

Now if you are buying socks, I wanted to give you some guidelines to help you pick the best sock for the project.

First pick up the largest size socks you can find. The larger the sock the larger the skein of yarn you can use it on. Men’s socks work well, but I picked up more women’s socks because I liked the print. Having my skein savers be cute was important to me.

I also suggest getting the tallest socks you can. These will be helpful in making the right size Skein Saver for your yarn. You can also make more out of the longer pairs of socks. I was able to make about 4-6 Skein Savers from each pair.

Making your Skein Savers

To make the Skein Savers it is as easy as just cutting off the heel and top band of the sock. I drew some diagrams below to show you how I cut up the socks.

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When cutting up the socks, consider the length you will need for the type of yarn you like to keep on hand. I use a lot of the Red Heart With Love yarn and I left a lot of Skein Savers nice and long to keep those skeins under control.

Below you will see all the variety of skeins I was able to use these Skein Savers for. I was even able to use the Men’s sock skein saves (the Avacado ones) to keep cakes of yarn all wrapped up.

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Putting your Skein Savers on your Yarn

To put the Skein Savers on your yarn just put the band around your hand like a hairband and grab the end of your yarn. Work the band to the center of your skein keeping the band all scrunched together.

Once it is in the center, then you can gentle spread it out to cover the middle third of the skein. (For longer skeins I created bands that would cover the majority of the skein.)

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To give the bands a cleaner look, I tucked in the raw edges.

Tuck any loose ends under the bands and you are ready to toss your yarn in totes or tuck them away on a shelf. Your yarn ends have been secured and will not mingle with the rest of your yarn.

Watch the video below to see how I put the Skein Savers on the Skein.

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How to Record your Yarn Information

To use your Skein Saver you will need to remove the paper label that comes with your yarn. You will want to save this information somewhere in case you ever need more of the yarn.

One option is to fold up the label and tuck it into under the Skein Saver to keep it with the yarn.

Another option is to take a piece of paper or print the Yarn Tags available to my newsletter subscribers and fill out all the information you would need to know about your yarn.

You can include brand name, yarn type, color/dye lot, fiber, yardage, recommended hook size, recommended knitting needle size, and the care instructions. Another idea is to include an estimation of how many yards you have left in the skein. I will show you how to calculate this below.

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Yarn Stash Tracker

It is a good idea to make a chart to save all the important information on to reference before you go digging in your stash. On the Printable Resource Page there is a Yarn Stash Tracker I have created that gives you a space to record the Brand, yarn type, color, fiber, yardage and location of the yarn as well as the tag number you are looking for.

By numbering each yarn tag and marking its location on the Yarn Stash Tracker you will be able to easily locate the yarn you want. If you calculate the yardage you have, you will be able to look at your Yarn Tracker and determine if you have enough, instead of rummaging through your stash only to find you don’t have as much of that yarn as you thought.

The less often you rummage through your stash, the more organized it will remain.

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Figure out How much Yarn is left!

Knowing how much yarn you have left in a ball of yarn can be very useful. Most patterns will tell you how much yarn you need to finish a project. While you are taking the time to set up your tangle free yarn storage, it is a good time to calculate and record this information.

Here is what you will need to know:

How much your skein weighs. I use a food scale to measure this.

How much yarn originally came on the skein in yards and in weight.

That is all, the original weight and yardage for the skein can be found on the paper label or found online if you do not have the paper label. To find the information online you will need to know what brand and type of yarn you have.

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Let me show you how I calculate the remaining yardage.

Just take the original yardage and divide it but the original weight in ounces. This will tell us how many yards per ounce of yarn.

Then multiple that result with the weight of your leftover yarn in ounces. This will give you the number of yards in your leftover skein.

(Original yardage/ original weight in ounces)* weight of leftover yarn = # of yards in the leftover skein.

Let’s just do that one more time but with numbers. Say I have a Skein of Red Heart With Love and I have 3 ounces leftover from one of my projects(pictured above). I looked at Redheart.com and learned that With Love normally comes in 7 ounces per skein and has 370 yards of yarn.

Here are my calculations:

(370/7)*3 = 158.57 yards

I have approximately 158.57 yards of Red Heart With Love yarn in my leftover skein. I can write this information on my Printable Yarn Tag and my Yarn Stash Tracker and refer to them when I am trying to find a project for that yarn.

Keep your yarn stash tangle free and your yarn from unraveling with this quick and easy diy tutorial. By making these little yarn savers and organizing and tracking your yarn stash you can avoid yarn getting unraveled and tangled up in your yarn storage. This is an amazing yarn storage solution. It is quick, easy and cheap. You may already have everything you need. Plus I have adde new printables for my newsletter subscribers to help keep their yarn stash organized. #yarnstash #yarnstorage

A Tangle Free Yarn Storage System

So we have Skein Savers to keep our yarn nice and tangle free. Yarn Tags to keep all the important yarn information tucked safely away. Plus we have a Yarn Stash Tracker that will let us know what we have without having to dig around and look. This Tangle Free Yarn Storage system is sure to keep your yarn stash in check.

Do you think this system will work for you? Let me know in the comments below!

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Keep your yarn stash tangle free and your yarn from unraveling with this quick and easy diy tutorial. By making these little yarn savers and organizing and tracking your yarn stash you can avoid yarn getting unraveled and tangled up in your yarn storage. This is an amazing yarn storage solution. It is quick, easy and cheap. You may already have everything you need. Plus I have adde new printables for my newsletter subscribers to help keep their yarn stash organized. #yarnstash #yarnstorage

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10 Comments

  1. Wendy

    January 25, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Great Minds think alike! I use socks too but I get the ankle length. Just slip the skein/ball in. No cutting required.

    1. Lindsey

      January 25, 2019 at 10:37 pm

      That is brilliant! I wish I had just figured it out earlier.

  2. Marcia McPeters

    January 25, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Brilliant!

  3. Laura Chapin

    January 25, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Really great information. I love the skein savers idea and how to calculate what is left in a skein. I will never have to over buy (but I will) Thank you for sharing. Yes My Dear you can teach this old crochet-er new tricks. (50+ years crocheting and yet I still don’t know it all and love to learn)

  4. Kristine Fuller

    January 25, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Great ideas, cannot wait to try them.

  5. Peggy

    January 25, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Thanks for the skein saver ideas; I’m going to try this method on my stash.

  6. Johann Mitchell

    January 31, 2019 at 1:28 am

    This is one of the very best suggestions I’ve ever seen for knitters, and certainly the best for keeping leftover yarn neat and tidy.
    I do have one question, though. On that one sock, you had a very narrow ribbed edge. It was all nice and neat and finished. Why bother to cut it off, just so you can go through turning the unfinished edge you created under? If there was a long section of ribbing, I could see it, but this narrow edge won’t make the edge much tighter than the raw edge.

    1. Lindsey

      January 31, 2019 at 4:09 am

      The ribbed edge was not as stretchy as the center area. You can definitely keep it on but it might make it harder to put on a fuller skein of yarn.

  7. Winter Thibodeaux

    January 31, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    So, I usually don’t work with skeins, I roll my yarn into balls as soon as I get them home. I got a yarn bowl for Xmas that keeps the yarn from tangling while I’m working, but I don’t have a good solution for my stash. Usually I stick them in Ziploc bags. It works okay, but do you have any other suggestions for keeping the yarn balls tangle free??? The socks are so cute, but I don’t think they’d fit around the giant rolls I have lol.

    1. Lindsey

      February 1, 2019 at 3:56 am

      So I have seen people us Panty hose and tie or sew the bottom together. I have also see them use hair clips or bobby pins to secure the end, but of course that is only go to work if it is wound tight enough that none of the loops get loose. I hope this helps.

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