Yarn Pet
A Yarn Ball holder that you
will come to love

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Yarn Pet

Note: decorations were added to the yarn ball for visual effect.

If you need to work with 2 balls of yarn at the same time, see our Yarn Pet Duo

The Yarn Pet™ is different than any other tool out there.

It holds your yarn on a small circular disc (platform) that is connected to our 8" tall yarn guide rod. The platform and ball turn freely without the need for ball bearings. With our innovative yarn rod & bearing system, the yarn ball turns so freely that you will never again have to tug your yarn to get it free of the ball. The yarn just rolls off the ball while you knit.

By allowing the knitter to work from the outside of the ball, this results in effort-less and tangle-free knitting.

We then add a tensioning post which is adjustable. The user can adjust the tension on their yarn by turning the post. Our specially designed post is tapered and can be loosened or tightened easily by the user.

But as important as tension is, guidance is even more important in this application. Our yarn guide allows the knitter to pull the yarn off the ball horizontally which is the preferred method for removing yarn from a ball or cone because it does not add or subtract twist from the yarn. Horizontal removal eliminates unintended twisting of the yarn. 

Yarn Pet in action     Yarn Pet Parts    Disc Height    Yarn Pet

Yarn guidance and yarn tension are critical - they are the 2 key elements for properly controlling yarn in just about any application.

Other products that are out there do not provide either - no guidance and no tensioning system. These are nice "cute" systems but are not up to the same engineering standards that NKK designs its units to. We have learned the hard way about the importance of guidance and tension in the many products that we manufacture.

But what else can the Yarn Pet do for you?
It can hold 7" tall cones of yarn! So you get not only a ball holder but also a tensioned cone holder. The cone will turn freely because of the method we employ for holding the cone on the rod. We have tested cones in excess of 1 Lb.

The Yarn Pet™ is lightweight and measures just 4" wide by 6" deep by 5/8" thick (after you remove the post and rod). These dimensions ensure that the unit will not tip over. Our design counterbalances the weight of the ball or the cone on the back side of the unit by placing more mass to the front side where the yarn guide is located.

The yarn guide post and the stainless steel rod are removable . The platform height can be adjusted to fit any cone or ball. It has special vinyl feet to prevent the unit from sliding on any surface.

NEW - Different length Rods
You may now order your Pet with different length rods

Choose 6-3/4" tall when using normally sized yarn balls up to 50 grams
Choose taller 8-1/4" rod when using large balls and possibly 7" cones
Choose really tall 11-1/4" rod when using really large balls and cones up to 10"

If you are just gong to knit from a standard size ball, then consider the standard 6-3/4" rod. It is less obtrusive because the rod is shorter.

If you occasionally use really large balls or want to use a 7" cone, then consider the 8-1/4" rod.

If you plan to use the Pet with 10" cones you will need the 11-1/4" rod (this will increase the price by $2, however)

We make all of our products from Maple hardwood. Maple is a good looking, smooth grain hardwood. By making our products from a single wood species like Maple, we are able to produce units in high volume at lower cost. This Maple is from Canada.

The Yarn Pet™ easily fits into your yarn bag. You will be amazed how much easier it is to knit when using the Yarn Pet™.

If you want to streamline your knitting process by controlling your yarn ball and eliminating the needless tugging of your yarn from the ball, then consider the Yarn Pet™.

Always select an important tool such as this one from a tool maker like Nancy's Knit Knacks. We have the internal development standards and use quality suppliers and craftsmen which ensures that our customers will get the very best products available.

Where is it made?
The wood for this product comes from Maine and Canada.
Assembly labor is performed in North Carolina.
Metal products come from Missouri.

Support American engineering and manufacturing


Notice: Balls wound at the mill and not by a standard ball winder from a skein, are referred to as mill balls or mill wound yarn. These are long balls and not the conventional cakes of yarn that a ball winder would make. These types of balls will now work on the Yarn Pet or Yarn Pet Duo although we originally thought they would not.

The reason that they did not work originally is that their ends have yarn which wraps around the rod too closely which catches on the rod.
We have now discovered that if you raise the wood disc such that the top of the ball is higher than the rod, then there seems to be no problem using the Pet series of products with this type of ball. You should also avoid using the yarn guide post when using these balls. That will allow the yarn to better navigate around the top of the ball and not get tangled.
Because our design allows the user to raise or lower the disc location, we are able to work around this problem.

Price: $30.00  Includes the Yarn Pet, tensioner post, 6-3/4" or 8" rod, and a lite version of our Yarn Cone Accessory Kit. Add $2 for the 11-1/4" rod


  • Buy a Yarn Pet here

  • Rod Length 6-3/4"   (best for knitters)

  • Rod Length 8-1/4"   (best for knitters who use large balls and /or cones)

    Rod Length 11-1/4"   (best for knitters who use either 7 or 10" cones)

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    Optional YP Cone Kit™ for the Yarn Pet™ - the standard Yarn Pet comes with a wooden disc that will support a ball of yarn as well as some cones. However, our optional kit will allow you to support more sizes of cones as well as provide a means by which you can captivate the top of the cone.
    So, if you plan to mount cones of yarn on the Yarn Pet, then you may want to consider adding the YP Cone Kit™ to your order. We have also added rubber stoppers to this kit which help to center various cones on the rod (not pictured).

      YP Cone Kit Disc inside of cone Cone
      Differences in the std vs. optional kit The washers secure the top of the cone to the rod The disc goes inside a cone

     Buy a YP Cone Kit here


    The cone accessories which are included with the Yarn Pet (or which are available as options) consist of the following.

    The YP Cone Kit, when added to the standard Yarn Pet, provides you with everything that is included in the Cone Accessory kit which is available for other NKK cone stands. The YP Cone kit allows you to mount most 7" cones of yarn. While the standard Yarn Pet can hold many cones of yarn, the YP Cone Kit is for serious cone users because it traps the cone securely to the rod.

    Item Std Yarn Pet YP Cone Kit
    2-3/8" Wood Disc 1  
    Qty of Steel Shaft Collars 2 1
    Small Steel Washer   1
    Large Steel Washer   1
    Allen Wrench 5/64" 1  
    2" Wood Disc
    Price included $5.00
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