The challah-style hank

Twosheep Yarn hasn’t been updated since January. I hope to remedy that situation soon. (No need to click there now, nothing new has been added yet. I’ll let you know when.)

Anyway, I’ve been winding hanks of yarn, and I was reminded that I am asked occasionally about how I twist my hanks into the Twosheep Challah Braid. To give credit where it’s due, I first saw this twist in a Classic Elite yarn (pictured here), but I figured it out from a photograph, not from undoing a hank.

Here’s how you can do it:

1. Begin with an ordinary hank of yarn.

2. Anchor one end (in this case, the left), and twist the other end outward.

3. Keep twisting.

4. Add twist until you have a lot of energy stored in the hank. It will want to kink backward on itself.

5. Bring the two ends together. Everything will curl up like crazy.

6. While you hold the ends together, pull each half straight and redistribute twist as needed to make a pleasant arrangement.

7. Tuck one end into the other and tug to straighten.

So easy!

17 thoughts on “The challah-style hank

  1. I always wondered how you did that! Thanks for showing us! …if you need any soap help, sing out…it took me a while before I got things right. :)

  2. Awesome! I tried to figure that out from the skein you sent me, but I just ended up confusing myself and making the yarn look ugly. Twisting yarn is not my strength!

  3. CE started experimenting with new hank styles when their old dawn-of-the-industrial age hanking machine broke. They couldn’t get new parts, and the cost of new equipment was prohibitive, so they tried out other put-ups. Some were more successful than others.

    The first set they tried were all very plain. Customers passed them by because (although the yardage and cost were comparable to other yarns of the same type), the plain put-ups looked skimpy next to nice, plump balls.

    This one was a “second generation” try. It looked very lavish. Yarn shops liked the effect but hated handling it because if it got disarrayed, few of their staff could re-hank it neatly. Don’t know what the final disposition of the problem was, as I found a full-time job and had to cut down on my hanging-out-at-the-LYS time.

    [Useless hot and cold running trivia, 24×7] -k.

  4. You probably don’t want to hear this, but my first spinning teacher (Rudy Amann) told us you should twist the skein in whatever direction it was last spun – S for an S-plied yarn, Z for a Z-spun singles. This is twisting it both ways, half each way.

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