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heatherg23
09-08-2008, 03:38 PM
Hi,

I'm trying to find out which yarns can touch an iron. I know acrylic is a big no no. 2nd question..........if I can't put an iron directly on the knitted piece is it ok to put a sheet over it then iron it. Would acrylic melt if I do it that way? The internet hasn't been much help.

Thanks!!!

mwhite
09-08-2008, 05:39 PM
I have ironed/blocked using a "polyester" setting on 51% cotton/49% acrylic blend-- TLC Cotton Plus...with no problems at all, just ironed directly. 100% Cotton, will of course block well with direct ironing. The heat is what melts acrylic so just putting a sheet over it might still melt it. I'd advise using steam only.

Mystery_Gyrl
09-08-2008, 07:36 PM
This page might be helpful (it is from Knitting Simple magazine):

http://www.knitsimplemag.com/node/46

this page may also be of use:

http://community.knitpicks.com/notes/Blocking_-_Sweaters

Katrina

heatherg23
09-08-2008, 07:47 PM
This page might be helpful (it is from Knitting Simple magazine):

http://www.knitsimplemag.com/node/46

this page may also be of use:

http://community.knitpicks.com/notes/Blocking_-_Sweaters

Katrina

perfect thanks!

suzeeq
09-08-2008, 09:57 PM
You can use a damp towel over most knits, even acrylic, just don't touch the heat to them, use the heat and damp to produce steam.

DorothyDot
09-09-2008, 11:43 AM
Yes, S. is right. I've always [read for the last 50 years] used a tea-towel [woven, no knap] that is dipped in water then wrung out and placed over the item for blocking. Use a steam iron, set on steam with water in it to actually produce steam - and voila!

I've used this on acrylics, wool, cotton, and blends. No problem... with one huge but: do not leave the iron setting in one spot; keep it in constant motion.

Hope this helps,
Dot

cam90066
09-09-2008, 12:36 PM
I've used a pressing cloth when steaming/pressing acrylics. Worked fine. As Dot said, keep the iron moving.

cam