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prewash yarn before knitting
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Nov 28, 2012 13:05:18   #
Do any of you prewash your yarn before knitting? I knitted a shrug for a two year old using yarn from Caron one pound. The mom washed and dried it and it came out a little looser with a slightly larger fit.

Would it be better prewash yarn before knitting so that the size would be closer to the finished garment with future washings?
Nov 28, 2012 13:10:31   #
No, I have never prewashed anything--think it would be more trouble than its worth. At least your shrug came out larger, she can grow into it.
Nov 28, 2012 14:00:57   #
fergablu2 (a regular here)
Knit a swatch. Measure the swatch. Wash and dry the swatch. Re-measure the swatch. Adjust the garment accordingly. (Too much work for my lazy self.)
Nov 28, 2012 14:17:58   #
Well, in theory, the right way to do it is what fergablu2 had stated.
In practice... no, I wouldn't do that. Too much work and time - plus, in the rare times I would even bother making a swatch I would not cut the yarn, after measuring it and taking the correct measurements I would undo it and use the yarn. I would drown in swatches if I didn't, for I wouldn't have the heart to just throw them in the can...
But this is definitely the right way.
Washing yarn takes some skills. Skills I do not have - and, truthfully, am not even sure I want to have. Unless I someday do learn to spin (I've wanted to since early childhood) I wouldn't do that. I know my Grand-granny and my Granny used to wash yarn they had hand-spun, after whitening it... in, hm, some unknown to me ways...

The process included usage of this instrument:
- and I am so, so sad it was lost - and even sadder it was actually lost somewhere in our home, meaning it is still there... somewhere (in my parent's old home).
I have no idea how this is called in english.

AOCH! This image is HUDGE!

I'll try to do something with it...
OK, that's better...
Nov 28, 2012 14:37:09   #
HandyFamily, it is what is called a niddy noddy and is used to wind spun yarn into hanks or skeins. It is a nice homemade one. Looks like it had a lot of use.:)
What is it called in your language?
Nov 28, 2012 14:56:49   #
Motovilka. It is also used to dry the yarn on after it had been washed. But this one is not my Granny's - it's someone else's Granny's... :( I just find the picture on the net. And my mom can't find where she had stored Granny's one.
And the hairpin lace tool is called vilka - and it comes from vilica, which means fork.
Nov 28, 2012 15:08:56   #
HandyFamily wrote:
Motovilka. It is also used to dry the yarn on after it had been washed. But this one is not my Granny's - it's someone else's Granny's... :( I just find the picture on the net. And my mom can't find where she had stored Granny's one.
And the hairpin lace tool is called vilka - and it comes from vilica, which means fork.

:thumbup: Some new knitting terms for me! Thank you! :-D
Nov 28, 2012 15:16:44   #
Thank you - for letting me know how it is called in englosh...
Nov 28, 2012 21:20:45   #
The multiple swatching problem has an answer. I pile my swatches in a bag and when I get enough, I sew or crochet (depends on my mood) them together and give to local animal shelter for bedding.

Sometimes they come out so pretty I use them for gifts.
Nov 29, 2012 09:55:18   #
Carol J.
If the shrug was washed in the machine it should have been dried in the dryer completely, then it would have gone back to its original shape and size. You don't do arcylic yarn a favor by not using the dryer. When I had my shop I told people to dry their orlon or acrylic sweaters with the bath towels. You can use a medium heat but it has to dry all the way.

Carol J.
Nov 29, 2012 11:29:31   #
I'm with carol on this one.. your friend might of thought that instead of putting it in the dryer she needed to lay it out to dry... I have nearly beaten my hubby over the head with the knowledge that our yarns today can be washed and dried in the washer/dryer... his mom knitted with wool and ALL her knits were NOT treated that way... so for 32 years she has had him do all hand knits her way and for 25 years I have been trying to undo that notion..LOL actually I have only been doing wearables for almost 2 years now... and I washed the crocheted afghans and doily's.. so I have some more work to do...:) I love the picture handyfamiy I am sure the time will come when you or someone will find the Motovilka... its sad it is lost but at least you know where it got lost..
Nov 29, 2012 13:09:40   #
Would never prewash yarn before knitting. DFid you check your gauge first?
Nov 30, 2012 10:02:58   #
After a disaster with Caron Maroon colored Simply Soft fading on the white of the booties I made for a friend, I've vowed to always prewash yarn.
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