Working yarn getting twisted up

This is the first time I’ve worked with Noro Silk Garden, and I find the working yarn getting twisted up between the skein and my work – obviously don’t want it twirled up tight when I knit it, but short of twisting it back around a few times as it reaches the needles, how can I prevent this? Haven’t had it happen with other yarns.

[color=indigo]It might help if you put your skein in a ziplock baggie with only a small opening to feed the yarn out; and keep the baggie as close to your work as comfortable.


:?? I’m making an entrelac throw with Silk Garden and I haven’t had that problem at all.

I think I remember reading that if you are knitting at too tight a tension, that your yarn can twist up like that. What size needle are you using?

I’m using size 8s

I’m working with 9’s, so there shouldn’t be too much difference there. I wish I had an answer for you.

It is a thick-thin yarn to some degree–could you be seeing that and thinking it’s twisting?

No, it’s definitely twisting back upon itself (I’ll have to post a picture Saturday when I get home - on a business trip now) – almost like part turns into a little mini noose (obviously not knotted, but I think you get the picture). :shrug:

My yarn does that all the time, and it doesn’t matter what yarn or what needle size. I think it has something to do with the twist of the yarn itself reacting to how I hold it, though I don’t know that for sure. I just have to stop every once in awhile and untwist it from itself.

I have noticed, though, that it only happens when I knit Continental. When I knit English, it doesn’t twist at all.

You’re not doing anything wrong, though, so no worries. However, the untwisting does get frustrating!

did you rewind it into a skein, or is it a premade one?

that happened to me once with ribbon yarn I wound myself.
I ended up wrapping a rubber band around it and standing on some books on a chair every half hour or so.

but maybe not.

Yes, if it is twisted, just lift your knitting/the working strand up in the air, let the ball of wool dangle, it will untwist if it twisted. I think when the wool is twisted a certain way, the way you hold it between your fingers can sometimes twist/untwist it. I sometimes correct it by twisting/untwisting it in the appropriate direction as I knit it.


Thanks folks – Silk Garden comes in what I’d call a skein – definitely not a long twisted hank, and wasn’t rewound at the LYS.

Guess I’ll just keep untwisting by hand!