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Oct 4, 2011 08:15:23   #
kate
 
I am in the process of knitting a baby blanket with inexpensive yarn. It seems a little stiff and rough. Would it help to wash it with fabric softener when I'm finished? Thanks!
 
Oct 4, 2011 08:25:50   #
GrandmaD2012
 
Yes that would help and if it is Red Heart super saver or whatever they call it, it will soften after washing.
Oct 4, 2011 08:33:37   #
kate
 
Thanks, I'll give it a try!
Oct 4, 2011 09:28:31   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
Isn't that what you would do anyway?
Oct 4, 2011 10:57:05   #
Deb-Babbles
 
Oh, I love this question.
When I knit or crochet with a ruffer yarn, I was the finished item with tennis balls and fabric softner. The same way you would wash some thing with down filling. The end results is a very soft comfy item. I think (in my own mind anyway) that the tennis balls help to soften the fiber even more.
Oct 4, 2011 12:14:42   #
kate
 
thanks so much
 
Oct 5, 2011 06:56:01   #
Beetytwird (a regular here)
 
Woolite and Downy always has worked for me. I use Red Heart almost exclusively. Some Herrschners, and a little Bernet every now and then, but most of the time I use the Red Heart yarns. After washing in Woolite they are always very soft.
Oct 5, 2011 08:50:04   #
yankeecatlady
 
I use 1/2 cup white vinegar in the final rinse. Makes everything wonderfully soft.
Oct 5, 2011 08:50:19   #
yankeecatlady
 
I use 1/2 cup white vinegar in the final rinse. Makes everything wonderfully soft.
Oct 5, 2011 09:04:31   #
StellasKnits
 
Red Heart super saver always softens in the wash. I've never tried the vinegar trick though - sounds fabulous. Will have to give it a go.
Oct 5, 2011 09:50:48   #
Judyjz
 
yankeecatlady wrote:
I use 1/2 cup white vinegar in the final rinse. Makes everything wonderfully soft.


That's what I do also. In fact, I use it for all my wash, instead of fabric softener.
 
Oct 5, 2011 10:14:41   #
Cindy M
 
Dreft baby detergent softens clothes up.
Oct 5, 2011 10:50:14   #
Meditation601
 
Good morning, Jessica. You read my mind. I like to wash the finished item in Woolite.

We have items made years ago from Red Heart and it holds up beautifully after multiple washings...

Have a blessed day.

MaryAnn
Oct 5, 2011 12:35:21   #
Leslie Smith
 
I think the fabric softener would help, but be careful to not use too much. The scent left in the blanket may be an irritation to a new-born.
Oct 5, 2011 13:34:41   #
LeAnn
 
Steaming helps soften the yarn also.
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