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

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Yarn Pet
The small black cap on the rod is no longer included - it created a problem when inserting or removing the bal of yarn.

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


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 2
Small Steel Washer   1
Large Steel Washer   1
Allen Wrench 5/64" 1  
2" Wood Disc
Rubber Stoppers   2
Price included $7.50
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Spare Post for a Yarn Pet   $5.00 (one comes with the Pet)

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