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« on: March 20, 2011 08:09:53 AM »

Hello all! I recently made a scarf that refuses to lay flat and after some research I thought blocking might help. However, I used Caron Simply Soft yarn, which is 100% acrylic and have seen some different answers...

Some people have told me you can't block acrylic yarns.
Some people have told me to block it with steam.
Others have told me steam will melt the yarn.
Some people have told me to hand wash and then lay out with pins.
Others have told me not to soak the yarn and just spritz it with a spray bottle.
One person told me to lay wet towels on top of it and when the towels dry, it's blocked.

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So, my question is, how do YOU block your acrylic yarns and what are your experiences? What's the easiest, fastest way? Thanks so much for your help!


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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2011 12:22:13 PM »

The easiest, fastest way to block acrylic is to throw it in the washing machine and drier.  Acrylic yarn dries very quickly, and for best results, you should probably take the item out of the drier after about 5-10 minutes.

Steam will block it, but you need to be careful with it.  It is very easy to melt acrylic yarn if you're not careful.  You should try this on a swatch first, to see if you like the results.

I find that water blocking doesn't do much with acrylic yarn, it just goes back to the way it was after it air dries. 

There are ways to avoid the curling problem in the future, but it often depends on the pattern.  Usually going up in hook size does the trick.  Chainless foundation stitches can sometimes help.  Sometimes adding a border helps, but that doesn't look right on all projects.
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2011 05:55:10 PM »

Well, the scarf was Pinkleo's Luna Lovegood scarf so I THINK it's just curling inward because of all the spaces, but I tried adding a couple rows of sc on the bottom and that helped a little. I'll try washing/drying a swatch tomorrow just to make sure I don't ruin it, but after I take it out of the dryer should I pin it down while it dries, or no?

Thanks a lot for your help, I figured it'd be easier to talk to a real person than anything else Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2011 02:27:06 AM »

Well, I suppose it wouldn't hurt to pin it, but I'm not sure it'll help.  The scarf is likely to be pretty dry after 5-10 minutes, so... If you're thinking of pinning it, take it out after 5 minutes maybe.

You'll have better information if you try it with a swatch first, but if you do decide to pin it, be absolutely sure your pins won't rust!
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2011 04:20:10 PM »

It took 15-20 min on extra-low heat for my scarf to get to the slightly damp stage with my dryer, but it looks TONS better. Barely twists or curls at all! Thanks for your help (again, lol)
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