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Topic: stiff acrylic knits + washer and dryer = better!  (Read 600 times)
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dustyfro
« on: January 27, 2010 11:38:30 PM »

I knit myself a scarf using Red Heart's "soft" yarn and I think it's called Impressions (?) either way, both acrylic, worsted weight, and I used size 5 needles so it was really tight and stiff.  I threw it in the wash because it was picking up some animal smells (ewewew) in a lingerie bag and it turned out soft and flexible and much nicer to wear.  I just have to shave those pills off.
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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2010 08:13:11 AM »

Yes, washing and drying acrylic yarn softens it up considerably. It probably should have been knit on size 8 or 9 needles, not 5s, that would have made it looser and softer from the beginning.
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