Spining Tuesdays: Corespinning – try this!

I can’t stop thinking about and trying different ways to corespin. I want it to be balanced and soft. I have a dream of knitting some sort of sweater out of corespun – loose and layer-y.

I’ve been researching different ways to corespin. I’ve found a bunch of different methods and haven’t tried them all yet, but I wil,l and will report back.

Here’s the one I tried this week and I really like the result – Coreless Corespinning.

With this technique you split off a small amount of your batt – about a pinkie finger’s thickness, and spin a single while you are corespinning. It’s brilliant.

I found a good video by Jazz Turtle Creations on You Tube – it starts at about 1:53.

Creating the core while I spun did two things for me, it kept the yarn really soft and lofty and I was able to get as close as I’ve ever come to a balanced yarn.

Here’s my yarn fresh and feisty:

Just off the bobbin

After a hot water soak:

After a hot bath

I didn’t dry this under any tension. I soaked it in hot water, squeezed it out and draped it on a chair outside to dry. Cool!


There are a couple of other techniques that I want to try and then the puzzle of knitting with corespun starts – loose, tight, what type of pattern, you know the rolling obsession part of being a spinner. Stay tuned.


Next Tuesday, to celebrate my kids going back to school I’m going to have a giveaway, and it’s a good one.

(542 Posts)

Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com

10 thoughts on “Spining Tuesdays: Corespinning – try this!

  1. Jess

    Looks great!! I like coreless corespinning, too, I just hate how it eats up yardage even faster than the regular kind!!

    I have knit with corespun, though! And loved it! I have a project in Ravelry so you can see – http://www.ravelry.com/projects/jessecreations/renees-scarf. Oh! and this one, I almost forgot – http://www.ravelry.com/projects/jessecreations/corespun-cowl. I’m not as thrilled with that one but it’s b/c I knit it too small, not b/c of knitting with corespun. 🙂

  2. Jennifer

    Okay, so I’ve been following Tuesdays for a while now and while I’m not sure if questions are allowed I figured what could happen, ask anyway. So here it is: Is it possible to corespin yarn with a spindle? All the videos/books I’ve ever seen of art yarn are always with a wheel and while as a beginner I’m nowhere near experienced enough to produce good yarn I’m all about expertimentation in order to get as feel for as many techniques as I can get my hands on (literally)! I would appreciate it if you would be willing to help this newbie out! Thanks in advance for reading even if I don’t get a response.

    1. Jillian

      You need a big heavy spindle because you want a slow twirl. I’m thinking that regular corespinning with a premade core may work better than coreless corespinning, but i haven’t tried it. But I will over the next couple of days & let you know!

  3. Seanna Lea

    Your coreless corespinning looks awesome. When I’m more comfortable with my spindle spinning, I will have to find a large spindle to try the corespinning.

  4. Lelah

    I took a class with Shannon Herrick last weekend, and this was one ofthe techniques we covered! We did use a core, but corespinning is so much fun and you can really have a lot of color control with it.

  5. Susanna

    We did coreless core spinning in Lynn Vogel’s class this year. I think most of us in the class agreed that we enjoyed this type of core spinning better. I know I have done more after the class. Happy Spinning!

Comments are closed.