The usual aggregation and precipitation driven by crystallization of nascent PE during homogeneous polymerization of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) is inhibited by including linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) in the catalyst solution prior to addition of ethylene monomer. Co-crystallization of newly formed PE and dissolved LLDPE creates a polymer brush on the fold surfaces of the nascent crystallites. Consequently, aggregation is inhibited by steric stabilization. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images show that individual lamellae (approximately 10-20 nm thick) typically have lateral dimensions of 0.5 μm × 3.5 μm and form "bowtie" shaped stacks that are approximately 200-500 nm thick. This simple method for stabilizing nascent crystals against precipitation is enabling fundamental studies of their metastable "disentangled" state and may open scalable routes to compounding UHMWPE. © 2012 American Chemical Society.