Waxing your yarn

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 the post
A small bit of wax will transfer to the yarn and may make knitting easier.

Don't use colored candles and you may want to wash your garment before steaming.

Do you wax your yarn as you knit? Comment Below
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Posted by Sue Jalowiec on 06/10/2014 at 2:55 AM | Categories: Machine Knitting Tools and Accessories - Yarn on Cones -


Rosemary Vezina

Rosemary Vezina wrote on 06/10/14 9:59 AM

One warning: paraffin wax must be melted only over boiling water in a double boiler, NEVER directly over heat!!! Before I starting, I bought a dozen copper caps from a plumbing department. The size:just under 1 inch in diameter and 1 inch in height. Since my paraffin wax bars are about 225 gms (app. half a pound) in weight and each finished piece of wax weighs about 6 grams, I can get about 3 dozen of these little wax buttons from one bar of sealing wax. I poured the melted paraffin into the caps till they are almost full.While the wax is still warm and in the copper caps, but it has sunken down a bit, I use the end of a 4.5 or 5 mm knitting needle tip to make a tunnel down the middle. (US 7 or 8 size). I start with a smaller needle and touch it up a couple of times before the wax hardens. Let the wax cool and then pop the buttons out by setting the copper caps into a dish of boiling water. They should fit directly on top of the wax holder on the Brother machines. They look just like the bought article.

Maria wrote on 06/10/14 1:00 PM

Does anyone know where I can buy the post for a brother as shown in the photo, I have 2 brothers, a standard 836 and a bulky 230 and neither one have the post. I tried to put on wax but it will not stay.
~~~I've seen knitters use a candle or piece of wax and attach it to the mast with rubber bands ~~Sue ~~~
Diane Roch

Diane Roch wrote on 06/10/14 5:12 PM

Since most of my yarns are on cones, I don't have to wax them, but the yarn that I buy in balls, I have a large piece of wax with a hole in the center that I pass the yarn through and then wind the yarn on my winder. That way, when I knit with the yarn, it's already waxed.

Peter wrote on 08/01/14 7:45 AM

I have a Brother KH860 and the way I make my wax rings is very similar to Mrs. Vezina's method. Get one or two 22 mm copper caps from your DIY store. They are called stop ends and have a ring in the middle which is filled with solder on the inside so that the whole inside is smooth and cylindrical. Cut a white candle into pieces (big kitchen scissors or stable pruning cutters etc.). Don't worry about the wick. Take a small metal sauce ladle, put in some wax pieces and heat on a tea warmer. The wick pieces will assemble on the bottom when the wax melts. You can either fish them out or try to keep them in the ladle when you pour the wax into the copper caps. How you make the central hole is up to you. I use a 4.5 mm screw bolt which I have cut with a hack saw to get rid of the thread portion. I push it down into the wax while it still is soft, but you could also use a drill bit or a stick or whatever. Turn it slightly when the wax hardens so that it comes loose. Then hold it all on the stick or pin or whatever you used and heat the copper cap gently (hot water) until it falls off. Done. These home made rings are a little wider than the original 20 mm diameter but just as good. DISCLAIMER: The tea warmer uses an open flame so there is a theoretical and low practical risk to ignite the wax and cause serious harm. You could also cut yourself when you cut a candle into pieces, drill bits have sharp edges and lighting the tea warmer is also a potentially dangerous act. It is therefore safer not to do what I described above. You have been warned and I will not accept any liability whatsoever for any damage, including psychological harm, which you or others may suffer when you try to follow the procedure outlined above.

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