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starghoti
« on: March 30, 2005 05:05:45 PM »

I was at a LYS and the girl who worked there said she machine-washed almost all of her cotton yarn creations.  So I wondered if this was really OK to do; the cotton yarns I've seen are marked hand-wash.  Any of you guys have experience with this?  Also, in particular I was wondering if this was OK for Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (80% cotton, 20% wool) - I assume not because of the wool content, but maybe one of you has tried.

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kristiface
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2005 05:54:11 PM »

YOu may be able to wash a lot of the stuff you knit in cotton in the wash... especially things like dish cloths, etc.  If you MUST wash stuff in the machine I would suggest doing it on the gentle cycle with woolite.  But I think I'd rather be safe than sorry... spending all that time, effort, and money on a fantastic creation, and then throwing it in the wash!!!  With time the machine can really wear down clothing, for one... and just one freakish accident in the machine... I could just cringe at the thought!
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2005 06:33:51 AM »

I have machine washed (although not machine dryed) a sweater for my husband that I made out of Cotton Fleece--it turned out just fine.  I agree with kristiface that you'd do best to at least start with a gentle cycle with woolite.  I have a cotton & silk blend sweater than I machine wash _and_ dry--I think it's really improved the look of the garment, but that's just me.
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2005 09:55:22 AM »

When my daughter was about 5, I knit a sweater for her out of Sugar and Cream cotton yarn.  I always put it in the washer and dryer.  When she out grew it, I passed it down to my brothers little girl.  My sister in law always put it in the washer and dryer.  That's been twenty years ago.  I resently saw it on another child, and it still looks good.
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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2005 11:14:53 AM »

Depends a lot the yarn itself.

Blue Sky Organic Cotton just isn't a machine-wash candidate because it pills so easily and is so loosely spun. My swatch literally shredded in the wash, but it's such a loose, soft yarn to begin with that machine washing and drying won't benefit it much.

On the other hand, a tightly spun or mercerized cotton gets softer and fluffier the more it's washed and dried. Sugar N Cream is a tighter cotton that's kinda harsh on the hands while you're knitting it, but it definitely holds up well and feels better after a machine wash/dry cycle.
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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2005 06:42:06 AM »

I do think it depends on the plying of the yarn.

Crepe plys, yes. Mercerized yes. I throw them both into the washing machine.

But I have no guts to try those loosely plied aka a few loose string type cotton. I am afraid they will get caught on something and break.

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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2005 10:41:09 PM »

I just knit the drop-stitch vest out of SNB Nation.  I knit it in a medium, in Paton's Grace, a mercerized cotton, and it's HUGE.  Can i try to shrink this in the dryer, or should I just rip it out and knit the small?
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« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2005 07:58:12 PM »

When it comes to store-bought clothes, I'm a radical.  I throw EVERYTHING i buy in the washer and dryer... (ok, maybe I'm not a radical.  Maybe I'm just lazy)

When it comes to my hand knits, I'm a total sissy...

I usually use Eucalan for cleaning.  I'm only now working on my first cotton sweater, so I can't say I've used the eucalan products on cotton before.  Has anyone tried this with the same kind of sucess as with wool garments?
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« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2005 12:03:15 AM »

ive seen things with 20% wool or less felt in the washing machine.  so i wouldnt.
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« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2005 10:31:32 AM »

I just knit the drop-stitch vest out of SNB Nation.  I knit it in a medium, in Paton's Grace, a mercerized cotton, and it's HUGE.  Can i try to shrink this in the dryer, or should I just rip it out and knit the small?

I don't forsee mercerized cotton shrinking so I would suggest a rip and reknit.

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