Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-17-2012, 10:21 AM   #1
Woodi
Turning the Heel
 
Woodi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Canada
Posts: 938
Thanks: 12
Thanked 273 Times in 253 Posts
how to soften my washed cotton sweater?
This lovely cotton knit sweater, made by a dear old aunt 17 years ago, and worn by my teen daughter for 4 years throughout high school, (she's now 35) then put away for awhile, worn a few more times....is now mine. I washed it yesterday,in a front-loader washing machine, on 'hand wash' cycle, then dried it on a rack, now it's all stiff like cardboard. Maybe the soap didn't come all out?




any ideas on how I can soften it? or maybe if I wear it crunchy it will soften with the wearing...or I can toss it in a cool dryer maybe with a lint remover sheet....
Woodi is offline   Reply With Quote

 

This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 04-17-2012, 10:59 AM   #2
suzeeq
Knit On!
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Montana
Posts: 27,765
Thanks: 160
Thanked 6,450 Times in 6,035 Posts
Send a message via Yahoo to suzeeq
No when you air dry cottons they become stiff. Dampen it a little and put it in the dryer a few minutes. Next time you wash it you could just throw it into the dryer until only damp dry, then finish drying flat. Cottons only shrink in the dryer if left in too long until they're dry dry; they stretch a bit with wearing, so you need them to shrink back to the knit size a little.
__________________
sue- knitting heretic

suzeeq is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2012, 11:01 AM   #3
nifer237
Ribbing the Cuff
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Orlando
Posts: 58
Thanks: 17
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
I don't have any suggestions but that's a beautiful sweater!
nifer237 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2012, 01:11 PM   #4
Jan in CA
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Jan in CA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Southern CA
Posts: 37,137
Thanks: 1,655
Thanked 8,729 Times in 7,102 Posts
I agree about the washer and dryer and I'd use a little fabric softener, too. (I use Downy)

How did you wash it for your daughter during her HS years? Or how did she wash it?
__________________
Jan

When asking questions ALWAYS post the name and a link for the pattern if you have it.

NEW! KH knitting video archive
~HOW TO POST A PHOTO~

Jan in CA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2012, 09:19 AM   #5
Woodi
Turning the Heel
 
Woodi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Canada
Posts: 938
Thanks: 12
Thanked 273 Times in 253 Posts
Ok, will try the dryer. For my daughter in high school, I hand washed it, she wore it crunchy and it would soften with the wear. I could do that too.
Thanks!
Woodi is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to soften yarn? Jen17 How-to Questions 5 01-14-2008 02:32 PM
How can you soften water? Giulietta General Knitting 7 11-25-2007 06:16 PM
WIP - cotton sweater Robinknits What'cha Knittin'? 9 04-30-2007 10:03 AM
How do I soften this yarn..... samm How-to Questions 5 04-04-2007 06:14 PM
how to soften yarn? mscarmen Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 1 02-28-2007 01:53 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:18 AM.