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Old 02-22-2007, 08:50 PM   #1
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"Mercenized" Cotton
so what exactly does it mean when cotton is mercenized and how does this differ from just buying 100% cotton yarn???
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Old 02-22-2007, 08:55 PM   #2
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I found this through Google: http://fiberarts.org/design/articles/mercerized.html
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Old 02-22-2007, 08:56 PM   #3
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It's shinier, and is (I think) supposed to be more shrink-resistant.
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Old 02-22-2007, 09:02 PM   #4
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The physical characteristics are obvious enough--I can spot the difference...I just wonder if it makes a ton of difference if you knit something out of 100% cotton when it calls for mercenized cotton--a pattern that's not a garmet I mean...

Thanks for the link--I'm about to go and read it now. I googled but it kept wanting to correct my spelling of the word "mercenized" for some reason...
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Old 02-22-2007, 09:13 PM   #5
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That's because it's mercerized, silly, but we still love you!

I did a sweater with 100% cotton when it called for mercerized, and it turned out fine.
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Old 02-22-2007, 09:37 PM   #6
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thanks...I feel dumb. I swear I copied the word straight from the pattern...
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Old 02-22-2007, 09:39 PM   #7
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Can you say MISPRINT~~ in the pattern~!!
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Old 02-22-2007, 11:16 PM   #8
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Seriously! LOL. Don't feel dumb, Christy--I'm an editor, so I just can't help myself--sorry!
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it's okay--it only took me about an hour to get over it....

just kidding!
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I was going to point it out when I posted the link, but I didn't want to be "that guy." I'm not the greatest speller ever, anyway.
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