I've created a baby blanket out of Bernat Baby Coordinates Yarn.
What's the best way to wash the blanket? I want to make sure it does not stretch or tear. Can I machine wash it? How about woolite?
What is the yarn made of? Acrylic? Wool? If it's acrylic, it's probably machine wash/dry. I just finished a little sweater in an acrylic baby yarn and washed it on gentle/handwash cycle with woolwash and then dried in on low. It turned out fine, but I thought is needed a little blocking to get everything to lie flat and look like new. A steam iron held over the sweater (not touching) and a towel on top of the sweater got it back into perfect shape.
s I said, I only blocked the sweater to make sure everything was "flat" and in the right position. I was giving it as a gift and wanted it to look nice. I assume that it wouldn't be necessary for an afghan. And if the item had been for me, I might not have bothered with the blocking/steaming.
Bumping this because I am DETERMINED to get my first real wool project done right.
I had to frog my baby cardi back three inches this morning (painful!) but I'm knitting away, and might stay up late enough to swatch for the project in my queue. I've read Knitty's article on swatching, so I'm going to run with that. My question is how to wash the swatch, and later, how to wash the cardigan. I'm using Patons Classic Wool (with the Merino ball band) so I know I'm going to have to hand wash.
I went around looking for woolwash last night, and none of the big box stores had it. Am I going to have to go to a LYS? The closest one is a good 30 miles away. Or is there a substitute, like Woolite? Is it best to wash in cold water? Tepid? Add soap and swish around not too hard? I feel kinda dumb, because I've never owned a handwash item before, at least that I treated properly.
Woolite works just fine. I use tepid to warm water for 100% wool, depending on the color and if it's really dirty. Using warm water won't shrink the wool. It's the agitation and heat (as from a drier) that really causes felting. So if you want to use warm water, that's fine, just be gentle with your fabric.
I generally let mine soak from 15 to 30 minutes depending, again, on how dirty it is. Then I give it a few swishes and a thorough rinsing. I roll it up in a towel to get out the excess water (depending on how big the item is, I might have to repeat this several times). If I have a spot that's dirty and I can't get it out, I rub it gently with some woolite and try to get it out that way. (If you do that, you should test the colorfastness of your yarn first).
Then, I lay flat to dry.
If at first you don't succeed....rip it and try again!