Yarn Sleeve – 3 Brand Product Review

Yarn Sleeve also known as a Yarn Bra or Tender

Yarn Sleeve


I had never heard of a yarn sleeve until a few weeks ago now every one of my skeins is sporting a new bra. The K1C2 brand package says, “Prevent unruly tangles and keep slippery yarns under control.” I so totally agree, that is exactly what this product does.

It’s funny that they seem them more like little girdles then sleeves or a bras. Maybe its the little curve that forms in the middle of your yarn. What ever the case it’s settled that I can no longer live without God,  a cell phone, a computer, my adult sippy cup or a yarn sleeve , but not necessarily in that order except for God, he’s always first.

There are several brands on the market. I chose three to try. They are listed in order of preference, with my very, very favorite being last. This is a strategic layout to make sure you make it to the end of my post. I don’t want you to miss anything. I only do that to people I love.

What’s So Great About a Yarn Sleeve

Yarn Sleeve

Strand Tamers to Better Store and Organize Your Skeins of Yarn

I don’t have good organizational skills. To make matters worst I have ADD so I have dozens and dozens of half-finished projects because, “the mind wonders” and off I am to another great idea. Those half-done projects end up in a crate or bin. They get tangled up. Because I loom knit – my looms also get tangled. I need every available tool to help me keep things at least looking like they’re neat. These little guys are just that, a super tool, a yarn tamer or trainer keeping those unruly strands in check.


Yarn SleeveStore Yarn with it’s Original Label – I LOVE This !

I was watching a YouTube video of Brenda Myers loom knitting a baby blanket and she said that she couldn’t give us any details on the yarn because she had lost the label long before that project. I can so relate that happens to me a lot. I might be able to recognize certain ones that I use often but I’m sure I won’t remember the shade. Sometimes that old label matters and sometimes it doesn’t. For me it almost always matters because if I feature an item on the site I need to tell you the name of the shade.

So now when I get ready to use my new yarn, I take off the label put it to the side and put my skein in the yarn sleeve. When I am done for the day I fold the label and put it in the yarn sleeve right on top of the yarn. When I’m ready to knit a again I take the label out of the sleeve – put it to the side until am ready to put my yarn away. Then I fold my label, put my it in the sleeve with the yarn and store my yarn away. I hope that made sense.


Yarn SleeveKnit with Two Strands !

The practice is very common with loom knitters that use large gauge looms like a Knifty Knitter, Boye, Darice or Loops and Threads. To avoid getting loose loops and large holes sometimes we have to knit with two strands as one. The Yarn Tender keeps the strands from twisting together.

The key is to pull from the top and the side. You need to find these before you put the yarn sleeve on the skein. Yes you can still pull your yarn from the side while you knit with the sleeve still on yarn. By-the-way, If you had the label in the sleeve, first remove the label before you start knitting.


Yarn Sleeve


New Yarn Stays Pristine 

When yarn is stored and it’s rubbing against other yarns, tools and storage after a while it gets that worn out look. These tenders help keep some distance and less dust.

They work with your thread too.

The sleeves contract and expand to fix your jumbo skein of yarn or you short stubby thread skeins. Look at the picture to the right for some idea of what I mean.


What Brand of Yarn Sleeve is Best?

First I must say, I Like Them All. They all work well and do what they say they do. I just don’t like them the same. I have listed them in order of preference, with the last product being my favorite. Note my prices might be based on my Prime membership although I doubt that there would be a big difference.

Yarn SleeveK1C2

Price: $4.90 / Free Shipping
Units: 3 Sleeves
Pros: The come in various sizes. Low enough price to try the product 
Cons: A bit stiff material. Not so nice to your yarn.
Conclusion: OK product. I don’t mind using them but prefer others.
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Yarn SleeveBoye

Price: $4.95 / Free Shipping
Units: 5 Sleeves
Pros: Pretty good. The set had assorted sizes. The colors are bright and happy. Stiff but not too much.
Cons: A bit stiff
Conclusion: I like them a lot. Would buy again if I can’t get BDYS.
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Yarn SleeveBest Darn Yarn Sleeves

Price: $12.50 / $4.49 Shipping
Units: 20 Sleeves
Pros: Very soft, Cheapest per unit price, Longer length, Great personal customer service
Cons: Very soft – you need to play nice with them
Conclusion: I will only buy this brand from now on. 
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I give The Best Darn Yarn Sleeves 5 Stars and a Snap. That name was tailor made for them

Here below is how Susan (Owner of BDYS), explains her product;

Keeps yarn from tangling from First pull to the Last; inserted yarn holds it shape throughout use of the yarn tender — while the size of the skein is decreasing as it is used up. Approx 14″ long; very soft and pliable; not stiff, easy on the hand.

Insert all sizes and shapes of center-pull skeins and balls

Gang the tenders for extra long skeins, and tangle corrections completed; no need to rewind an entire skein because of a tangle; see photos.

My Final Advise: Friends Don’t Let Friends Knit Without a Bra.

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Comments: 28

  1. Joanne Hardin September 10, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Hi denise , thank you for getting back to me…I would love it, if you sent me a yarn sleeve…it seems like a lot of people like them…..my address is xoxoxoxoxoxo… Thanx again! Big hugs to you Too! Xo

    • Denise Canela September 10, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      Joanne -its in the mail. Excuse my ugly handwriting and the fact that a I addressed the envelope upside down – was rushing out the house. Let me know when you get it.
      Hope it helps some 🙂

  2. Christine Oliveira January 18, 2015 at 7:14 am

    I never heard of yarn bras till today. I will be buying them since my yarns also et messy.

  3. Shannon R November 28, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    What a great idea! Why haven’t we heard of these before?? Thanks for the information, hopefully I’ll win one!

  4. Brandi Arnold November 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I would love to try these out.

  5. Barbarajean Williams November 28, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Wow I was just trying to figure out something like this last week!

  6. Kate November 28, 2014 at 1:52 am

    Looks like a handy tool…for me, i think it might also cut down on the damage that my cats can do….

  7. Betsy November 27, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Willing to try them! New to me.

  8. auntiegram November 26, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Looks interesting! Love to try one of these.

  9. Cassandra VanSyckle November 26, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Thank you so much for your review! I have the Boyd and liked them, but they edges can get caught on the yarn. So I did follow the directions and asked for a free sample of the “Yarn Bra”. I heard back from her almost immediately and she will be sending me a sample. I’m sure I will love it and then will as “Santa” (hubby) for it for Christmas! Love your reviews and thank you for posting them all!

  10. Jessica November 26, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I’d never seen one of those before, but they look like an awesome product to have!

  11. Mary King November 26, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    They look great. They should be a big help with keeping the yard from tangling. Tangled yarn was a problem when trying to teach loom knitting to my granddaughter.

  12. LuAnn November 26, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Gosh – I wish I would have thought of these! These are so awesome!

  13. Krystin Torres November 26, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I love the idea of yarn sleeves! Love the fact that I won’t have to worry about my yarn tangling.

  14. Justine Skousen November 26, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Not having the yarn tangle would be so wonderful. Thanks

  15. Roberta November 26, 2014 at 10:12 am

    this sounds like a great idea
    would love to win & try it out

  16. terry November 26, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I usually have the hardest time trying to find both ends of the yarn from the same skein…I’d like to try these to see if its easier to use or if its just me….Im thinking the latter ! Lol

  17. Shawn B November 26, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I have always used 2 skeins when working with 2 strands of yarn at the same time to prevent tangles. This sleeve sounds like the perfect solution to carrying around multiple skeins for 1 project.

  18. Tina Kirkpatrick November 26, 2014 at 9:34 am

    BDYS is also quite a bargain compared to the others. Makes a lot more sense to be able to buy 20 at a time too. Who has just a couple skeins of yarn on hand?? or only one project at a time 😀

    • Susan Kerin December 10, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      You are so right! One other plus to placing an order for the “Best Darn Yarn Tenders” is that if you order TWO sets (that would be a total of 40 tenders) you will be eliglble to pick your order colors, based on availability in stock at time of purchase. Susan Kerin

  19. Robbie November 26, 2014 at 9:32 am

    This product looks interesting. I like the idea of being able to store the original label with the yarn.

  20. Kathy Bouras November 26, 2014 at 9:14 am

    These would work perfect for when loom knitting keep the yarn all together

  21. Brunella November 26, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Oh it seems really interesting yet I wonder, what’s the difference with the elastic fish net you use to keep a bondage on an arm or leg? it seems really similar to it…

  22. Ellen Blakley November 25, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    I had to comment on this and let you ladies know that knee highs work much better. I bought some of these and I did not like them at all.

    • Susan Kerin December 10, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      I sure hope you were not referencing the “Best Darn Yarn Tender”. It seems a little unfair not to be specific on which brand you tried. I have a spotless reputation and would not wish to be wrongly fingered by the words you have written. Could you please let me know which/whose brand you purchased/tried. I have checked my sales list and do not find your name included as a purchaser.

  23. Angelica November 25, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Oh my goodness I need one of these!!! Just earlier I was loom knitting a scarf (still am) and my skein of yarn was getting tangled up. So I ended up stretching the yarn from one side of my house to the other and slowly wrapping it into a big ball and unknotting it as we went along. I now have a large ball of yarn that is larger than my hand. This product would be VERY helpful!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Jeannette Booher November 25, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I only have one sleeve on a skein right now. But it has proven to me, if i have trouble with skein again, use one. it is very nice.

  25. Karen Aicken November 25, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Ha! I’ve never heard of a Yarn Bra before. Thanks for the information!

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