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« on: January 29, 2008 12:01:04 AM »

This might be a dumb question.  If it is, I'm sorry!

I was wondering if there was a way to "soften" yarn that has been crocheted.  I'm making a pillow that I want to do some color change work on, and I don't want to use a fuzzy yarn so that you can clearly see the picture I'm trying to make.  However, it's a pillow, so I don't want the yarn to be all stiff.  Any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2008 06:40:07 AM »

If its already made, a quick wash [according to the yarn's instructions] will soften it up.
Otherwise, there are definitely soft yarns out there that are soft to begin with but aren't fuzzy.
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2008 07:19:23 AM »

This might be a dumb question.  If it is, I'm sorry!

I was wondering if there was a way to "soften" yarn that has been crocheted.  I'm making a pillow that I want to do some color change work on, and I don't want to use a fuzzy yarn so that you can clearly see the picture I'm trying to make.  However, it's a pillow, so I don't want the yarn to be all stiff.  Any suggestions?
I'm going to assume you are using red heart becasue this is the only yarn I know of that people try to soften.
From what I understand Most people wash the yarn on the gentle cycle with fabric softener and then dry with a dryer sheet. Make sure to dry on low as this yarn is acrylic and can melt on high heat.

For future I'd recomend using any plain acrylic yarn. Some brands to look for are Simply Soft by Caron, Softee Chunky By Bernat, Wool-ease by lion brand, etc.
TLC has a yarn called I LOVE this Yarn, and there's Vanna's choice now too that many people like.
Stick with a worsted to chunky weight yarn and you should be able to work up close to gauge or right on with your patterns.
Hope that helps!
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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2008 08:49:03 AM »

It's actually Lion Brand Cotton Ease, which is a cotton/acrylic blend.  I think I'll try washing and drying on a test square and see if that does what I want it to.  Thanks for the advice!
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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2008 09:32:57 AM »

It's actually Lion Brand Cotton Ease, which is a cotton/acrylic blend.  I think I'll try washing and drying on a test square and see if that does what I want it to.  Thanks for the advice!
AH! It should soften up a bit when washed then. It may not shrink or anything like that but it should soften up a bit. Smiley Good luck!
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