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« on: February 21, 2006 11:49:16 AM »

I'm working on Knitty's Tychus (and BOY am I a tight knitter!!), and have finished one wedge.  I'm loving the pattern and how it looks, however not crazy about the yarn (even if it gives me an opportunity to stash bust!).

Is there anything I can do to the hat when completed to make it softer?  I think I read on another thread quite a while ago that a few washes softens up the yarn.  Anyone have any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2006 04:33:38 PM »

after alot of washing it softens up quite a bit. i have a blanket made from it and it is pretty soft now that it has been wahed many times.
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2006 05:20:11 PM »

Thanks -- that's what I was hoping for.  Being acrylic, it's not going to shrink much if I wash it a few times, is it?
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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2006 05:24:11 PM »

it doesn't seem to, but I've used it inkle weaving rather than knitting.  I've only had my knitting frames a few months (Christmas Prezzie) and am still tinkering with the wool blend I got to weave a scarf but turned out to be to fuzzy to work easily.

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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2006 05:38:27 PM »

Thanks -- that's what I was hoping for.  Being acrylic, it's not going to shrink much if I wash it a few times, is it?
no problem. it shouldn't shrink much if it even shrinks so there is no worry there!
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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2006 06:24:36 PM »

Thanks guys!  I should be done with it in a few days (just knitting some during the Olympics) and I'll toss it through the machine a few times.
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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2006 06:58:07 PM »

Acrylic doesn't generally shrink until it's about to melt, so washing is safe, just watch out for the dryer.  But I've never had any problems putting acrylic yarns through both washer and dryer, and most of them get a bit softer after going through both.  Who me, a cheap knitter/crocheter?  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2006 09:49:35 PM »

When you wash it put some fabric softener in. That helps a LOT. I made the circular shrug out of red heart and at first I was kicking myself because I spent all the time doing it and it was super stiff but after one run through the washer and dryer with a downy ball it felt like a completely different fabric.
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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2006 11:11:55 AM »

I second the fabric softener bit- I've made hats with Red Heart and they are basically unwearable and uncomfortable until you wash them once or twice...
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