Problem yarn on your knitting machine? Try this tip

Some yarn on cones is produced specifically for industrial knitting machines.  The yarn is treated  so it will pass easily through the mechanisms of the machines.

For machine knitters, this means 2 things.

    1. You should ALWAYS dress your swatch. Wash and dry the swatch as you you will be caring for your finished garment.   This will not only give you a true gauge, it will remove any finish that may have been applied to the yarn in the manufacturing process. (If your yarn requires dry cleaning, I suggest hand washing a swatch in cold water.)
    2. If you are working with cotton, linen or vintage (old) yarn, wax the working yarn as you knit. Many knitters find this helpful in working with diffficult yarns.  At one time there were yarn sprays that also helped with static and dry yarn, but adding more chemicals to your environment is not the best choice.
knitting yarn on cones
Brother machines came with a ring of wax that fit around a post on the mast.
A small bit of wax will transfer to the yarn and may make knitting easier.
knittingyarn on cones


Do you wax the yarn as you knit? Comment below to share your thoughts.

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One thought on “Problem yarn on your knitting machine? Try this tip

  1. Morag Walker

    August 18, 2017 at 3:34am

    This is a good tip. Thank you I already do this as I had a problem yarn a few years ago and one of my knitting friends suggested this.

  2. Author

    Knit it Now

    August 18, 2017 at 6:44am

    Isn’t it funny how much machine knitting knowledge is passed from friend to friend? Tribal knowledge

  3. Elsa Schmithorst

    August 21, 2017 at 4:30pm

    I ALWAYS wax my yarn(s). I run the yard under the wax which is on the pin, but I see that you have the wax cut in half or quarter, and then run the yarn over the wax. Is this method better, i.e. does more wax get transferred to the yarn?

  4. Author

    Knit it Now

    August 22, 2017 at 7:28am

    Elsa, you are correct, running the yarn under the wax works better. In the photo is a piece of candle and I wanted to make sure you could see the yarn.

  5. Kelly Cofield

    August 24, 2017 at 7:03am

    I want to thank you for this site as a true beginner it’s nice to have some tips you can use.

  6. Author

    Knit it Now

    August 24, 2017 at 7:19am

    Hi Kelly!
    Welcome to the world of MKing! Don’t forget, we have grouped some of our “newbie” material on our page “New to Machine Knitting?”

    We have some fun things planned for all Mkers .. stay tuned!

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