View Full Version : Acrylic ... Can someone help please ...

02-21-2013, 07:32 PM
I recently began knitting my first garment after about thirty years. It's nearly finished. I wanted to join two pieces and the pattern said ... press each piece under a wet cloth', I did this and thought the knitted pieces looked a bit thinner. Today I read the instructions on the balls of wool. They said 'never wet press this wool.' The wool is acrylic. Is it possible to recover in some way? If I wash it in soapy water would this be a good idea? Will it make any difference?
Thanks for the help if anyone can ...

Jan in CA
02-21-2013, 07:39 PM
Acrylic can melt when you iron it or over steam it. Generally with acrylic you just wash and dry. If you've "killed" the acrylic there is nothing you can do. I usually just wash and dry acrylic, but you might try washing it and laying it out flat to size and see if that helps.

Also.. Wool is an actual fiber so best to call it yarn and name the fiber. It can be confusing.

02-21-2013, 07:43 PM
It's probably been 'killed' but if it's still soft, that just made it floppy. You can try washing and drying it, but it may not poof up again.

02-22-2013, 12:44 AM
This may fall into the category of unplanned design feature. If it doesn't spring back with washing and drying (acrylics I use all go in the dryer) just say it's how you meant it to be. It might work.

02-22-2013, 03:08 AM
Thanks for the replies. I guess it was part of the learning process. I will try washing and drying, but, I will then then say as suggested that it's how I meant it to be. It doesn't look that bad, just not as intended ...

02-22-2013, 11:11 AM
If you wish to post a picture, we'd love to see.
Do read the label about whether to dry it in the dryer, I'd hate for you to put it in the dryer if it's not the right thing to do.

02-22-2013, 03:59 PM
I haven't quite finished it yet. It's a gilet and because I was having trouble picking up stitches down the front to knit the border a friend at work who is a big knitter said knit the border seperately and sew on, which I did. The reason I (wrongly pressed the two front pieces, was to have them smoother to sew on the border. It looks okay though. I now have to knit the two armhole borders which I'm doing now. When I've done I'll post a picture. Despite the errors I'm pleased with what I've done ... first knitting in many years ...

02-22-2013, 04:11 PM
The word gilet was new to me. You never quite know what knitting can teach you! I'm glad it all seems to be working out well. Your first experience knitting after many years should be good. :thumbsup:

02-22-2013, 04:14 PM
Instead of knitting the front band separately and sewing, next time you could try picking up stitches (like knitting along the edge) and knitting the band. Even if the edge curls, it's pretty easy to pick up in the stitches and you don't have to sew two pieces together.

02-22-2013, 06:25 PM
Interestingly I have left the pieces hanging in a warm place near a radiator for a couple of days - not by intention but simply because it was convenient - and some of the limpness that followed the ironing under damp clothes seems to have gone. The knitted yarn is almost as it was before ...

02-22-2013, 06:27 PM
Thanks ... I did try that to start with but found myself getting a bit muddled. However, I've learned a lot from this first garment and next time I will be more experienced and better prepared all round ...

02-22-2013, 06:32 PM
Hey that's great that it seems to have 'sprung back' to life...

02-23-2013, 05:46 AM
I'm so glad you work has sprung back! Here's the KH video for picking up stitches (http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/play/pick-up-and-knit-stitches) which may make it easier next time. It really is a very nice technique to have and it really works very well.

02-24-2013, 03:31 PM
Thank you ... I shall watch with interest as I've just ordered the wool for the next pattern and that requires picking up stitches too, Finally finished the first garment today and just have to sew the final parts together ... then planning to post picture if I can work out how you do that here ...

02-24-2013, 03:35 PM
Wonderful! Check Jan in CA's signature for how to post a photo.

02-24-2013, 03:36 PM
I see now how to do it. I was doing it wrong but having watched the video I can see how you do it neatly and at the same time create strong stitches ... thank you ...

03-05-2013, 04:15 PM
Here, finally, is the photo of the gilet that I had trouble with, finally finished and worn ... and quite admired I'm happy to say ...
Thank you for all the help and advice. I'm now onto my second knitted garment ...

03-06-2013, 05:05 AM
That looks wonderful! It's a lovely color and works well with the dress underneath. Very well done.

03-07-2013, 12:12 AM
:thumbsup: Beautiful! I'm so so so glad it worked out for you.

03-13-2013, 03:01 PM
It is lovely! You did a great job! What I pretty much try to remember when pressing or not, if the yarn was at one time "live" ie cotton, wool, bamboo, etc that pressing is ok but if it is some type of manufactured yarn then just wash and dry.

03-13-2013, 03:17 PM
I think 'pressing' is an old UK term for blocking, though it really means steaming, not ironing like you would for a shirt.