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Feb 15, 2017 17:12:30   #
Every time I crochet an afghan that uses many color changes in a single row, the different colors constantly tangle between the balls of yarn and the work itself. I am sure many KPers have solved this problem and would really appreciate any advice. Thanks everyone,Dianne
Feb 15, 2017 17:18:25   #
tonyastewart (a regular here)
the first thing that comes to mind is get gallon zip loc bags and wind your yarn into yarn cakes and put them each in their own bag that will help keep them untangled it's not perfect but it will help
Feb 15, 2017 17:21:16   #
mambrose3 (a regular here)
I use large bobbins, but here is an article that might help you..
Feb 15, 2017 17:25:44   #
People use simple containers such as empty tissue boxes up to laundry bins to control yarns.

For small amounts of yarns, "bobbins" are useful.
Feb 15, 2017 17:29:08   #
ChristineM (a regular here)
Agree with zip lock plastic bags. It works a treat everytime and never ever fails
Feb 15, 2017 17:31:15   #
ChasingRainbows (a regular here)
I just finished a 2-stranded afghan. I clipped together 2 locking stitch markers, and threaded one yarn in each one. That kept the yarns from tangling as I knitted. I had both skeins of yarn in a large basket.
Feb 15, 2017 17:33:40   #
Great ideas! thank you ladies, Dianne
Feb 15, 2017 17:43:00   #
k1p1granny (a regular here)
I use bobbins and they help tremendously
Feb 15, 2017 18:57:40   #
Joy Marshall
I saw a good demonstration years ago. It consisted of a shoe box with the yarn arranged in order to be used. An end of each yarn was threaded through a clothespin.
When you had worked all around the clothespins, you turned the box counter clockwise and started again. It was really neat.
Feb 16, 2017 09:07:28   #
This sounds like genius if you ask me! Necessity is the mother of invention!
Feb 16, 2017 09:38:29   #
hildy3 (a regular here)
Ages ago, I made my hubby and Argyle sweater and used bobbins...lifesavers and a beautiful sweater...don't think I could do it today.

Feb 16, 2017 09:50:35   #
I have two large rectangular dining room tables in my living space. I spread my work there. I line the skeins up above my work. then when that row is thru, i do NOT flip the work or turn it over or tangle the yarn in that movement. I move to the other side of the table, move the skeins straight across the table, and work the next row, then move to the other side of hte table and continue. This means that I am not tossing around yarn and project.

My daughter in law uses a card table, it's moveable and that way she can pick it up and rotate the entire table rather than move and tangle the work and working yarn.
Feb 16, 2017 13:41:57   #
The plus to the dining room table idea is that you also get your knees working and your daily steps in!
Feb 16, 2017 14:18:00   #
yup! and the table holds the weight of the work, meaning that I can continue to work with mohair in May in Mississippi.
Feb 16, 2017 14:54:49   #
I just purchased this yarn organizer bag from It has been a godsend for me .
The bag has yarn pockets with holes at the top for each skein. I payed $7.99 for mine. It was shipped from Mary Maxim.

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