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Topic: Berroco's Plush yarn for baby dress- dry clean only  (Read 711 times)
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« on: August 09, 2006 12:41:46 PM »

I haven't gotten too far into this dress; I cast on 108 stitches and did about 3 rows when I noticed that it said dry clean only.  How can I give a baby a dress that can only be dry cleaned?

Should I rip it out and do another project with the yarn?  I've got 8 skeins for the 2 dresses I was going to make (4 skeins per dress in a matching array of colors).  Undecided
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2006 01:05:47 PM »

Even though it says "dry clean only" it could probably be gently handwashed (the Berroco web site says: Care Instructions: Hand wash in lukewarm water with mild soap. Lay flat to dry. Dry clean when mixing colors.) I think the mixing colors things would only matter if there was a very high contrast between the colors (like bright red and white maybe) and is really probably more for their protection than an actual need.

You could knit a swatch with a couple of rows of each color and try hand washing to see if the colors bleed.

That said even a handwash clothing item is iffy for a baby - it would depend alot on the parents. I personally would have felt bad if someone gave something like that to me because I did not dress my child up much (which is the only time she would have worn something I had to hand wash) and I would have known how much work went into it. My sis on the other hand always dressed her child up (of couse it would have to match mom's outfit) and would expect that someone ought to spend a lot of time on her (not that she'd appreciate it mind you - she just expects it - haha).
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2006 02:50:18 PM »

I'd save the yarn for another project.  I received exactly one handwash/dry clean item (blanket) for my kid this spring and it has yet to see the light of day.  I really appreciated the effort that went into making it, but I just have no energy to put into handwashing anything these days.  Of course, if the mom has lots of help, it's a different story -- anyone with a nanny or housekeeper or similar may be more inclined to appreciate this dress.  And I've heard that some people actually don't mind doing the extra work to make their baby as beautiful as possible.  Let your gift recipient's attitude toward such things be your guide.

As an alternative, there are some very nice acrylics and wool blends that can be thrown in the washing machine, and cotton's always nice for baby stuff.
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2006 06:18:59 AM »

I kind of agree that I shouldn't bother with the dress.  Sad I don't want them to feel bad about not wearing it enough and I don't want to spend all the time and effort on it if it won't be worn.

Now the question is what do I do with this yarn?  If I make a blanket or anything with it it's still going to need to be handwashed.  Huh
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2006 09:16:53 AM »

then make something that doesn't have to be washed very often. i don't mind handwashing scarf, because i can wear it couple of times before it has to be washed. or bag. or some kind of cozy.

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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2006 09:45:57 AM »

Yeah, it has been my experience, both as a giver and a givee, that baby items which require special handling are just as well-appreciated but not quite as well-received/loved because new moms are typically overworked as it is, without adding in special care instructions, etc.  I'd probably pick a different project.  That, or make the dress, knowing that it is not likely to get a lot of use, and either be OK with that, or give them a gift certificate for a photo session or something along with it, so they understand that you KNOW it is a special-occasion type dress, and one that they shouldn't feel obligated to use a lot.

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