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Oct 5, 2011 19:42:47   #
JANETLYNN
 
HI EVERYONE,
I AM NEW TO THIS SITE BUT NOT A DAY GOES BY WHEN I DO NOT READ AND LEARN SOMETHING NEW FROM YOU WONDER-FUL PEOPLE. I HAVE BEEN USING RED HEART SUPERSAVER YARN AND HAVE NOTICED HOW STIFF IT IS AND THEN I SAW THE COMMENT SOMEONE MADE ABOUT WASHING IT WITH SOFTENER AND THEY SAID IT WILL HELP BUT I WAS WONDER-ING IF IT WILL MISSHAPE OR FELT HATS OR SCARVES WHEN PUT IN THE WASHER? THANKS, JAN M.
 
Oct 5, 2011 19:50:37   #
rolyn63
 
As long as you wash the items in warm water - not hot - it will not hurt the yarn at all. I have used RH for years. I usually add a tad bit more fabric softner to the washer when I wash the knitted items, to help a bit more with the stiffness. You can also dry the item on meduim heat.
Oct 5, 2011 19:54:19   #
bsaito
 
Red Heart Super Saver yarn is not made from wool or other animal product, so it will not shrink or felt. It may misshape based on the agitation you use-- gentle vs heavy duty. I alway air dry my knitted/crochet items just to be on the safe side. However, once dry, I do throw them into the dryer with a load of wet clothes to fluff up.

Red Heart Super Saver yarn is a cheap yarn but is fairly indestructile. I am using it to learn to make slippers. But once I learn to make them, I will probably use a better yarn for gifts. I am hoping the slippers soften up when washed although they don't feel too bad when I have tried them on.
Oct 5, 2011 19:56:36   #
e.ridenh
 
JANETLYNN wrote:
HI EVERYONE,
I AM NEW TO THIS SITE BUT NOT A DAY GOES BY WHEN I DO NOT READ AND LEARN SOMETHING NEW FROM YOU WONDER-FUL PEOPLE. I HAVE BEEN USING RED HEART SUPERSAVER YARN AND HAVE NOTICED HOW STIFF IT IS AND THEN I SAW THE COMMENT SOMEONE MADE ABOUT WASHING IT WITH SOFTENER AND THEY SAID IT WILL HELP BUT I WAS WONDER-ING IF IT WILL MISSHAPE OR FELT HATS OR SCARVES WHEN PUT IN THE WASHER? THANKS, JAN M. janetmchale1412@comcast.net

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When is it you plan to put it in the washer/, Janet?

The solid Supersave seems stiffer - like having fiber glass in it if working for many hours a day with it - particularly in crochet where the yarn is gobbled up fast doing all those YO, draw up and loops.....

I've not had the same issue with the variegated, though.

I would work up the skein THEN wash the FO with softner. Then, I'd avoid RH SS SOLIDS; The Variegated is nicer....I think all variegated brands are a little softer than the solids.

RH SS is a WW yarn = acrylic = it washes up fine. It isn't WOOL so it shouldn't felt. I have no trouble with mine over the years and I don't buy it anymore, either.

I won't even take it for free is the lable is missing; I can feel how it is or run it through my crocheting fingers.....for knitting, no yarn gobbling to speak of as in crocheting.

Read the label, Janet and wash accordingly; I prefer to separate handmade items from other articles; Period. If it's yarnie content, it is done by itself = especially true of large items like afghans. Other articles may pill on the 'ghan; Oops! LOL!!!

Good luck, sweetie!

Donna Rae :thumbup:
Oct 5, 2011 19:59:04   #
rolyn63
 
It may take more then a couple of washes to soften up the slippers to your liking, but each wash does soften the RH yarn. As I said, I have used it for years, mostly cuz I needed something cheap and durable so that my hard work would last. And I have realized that in time, it does become a good bit softer than it is when you first make something with it. Good luck with the slippers!
Oct 5, 2011 23:44:09   #
StitchDesigner
 
I have washed RH SuperSaver solids with no problems. It will soften.
 
Oct 6, 2011 02:11:11   #
Dreamweaver
 
It will soften - but I have done the hair softener soak pre-wash on some yarns to soften enough for chemo hats, etc. Personally, I find this yarn very stiff and harsh and no longer use it. I don't know that I agree with Donna on the variegated. To me, it is still harsh. However, the Red Heart Soft - which comes in many of the same variegated colorways, (I don't know about solids, haven't looked that well) is noticeably softer and I would certainlyconsider using it. Washing is going to help - no matter how you do it.
Oct 6, 2011 09:34:17   #
budasha (a regular here)
 
Dreamweaver wrote:
It will soften - but I have done the hair softener soak pre-wash on some yarns to soften enough for chemo hats, etc. Personally, I find this yarn very stiff and harsh and no longer use it. I don't know that I agree with Donna on the variegated. To me, it is still harsh. However, the Red Heart Soft - which comes in many of the same variegated colorways, (I don't know about solids, haven't looked that well) is noticeably softer and I would certainlyconsider using it. Washing is going to help - no matter how you do it.
It will soften - but I have done the hair softener... (show quote)


I've crocheted and knitted some chemo hats using RH and am now wondering if I should wash these in hair softener before I give them. What do you suggest?
Oct 6, 2011 09:37:22   #
jumbleburt
 
I've found that if I soak the item overnight with a large concentration of fabric softener (a capful in about a gallon of warm water for small items or about a cup in a small washer load for a baby blanket or afghan) and then rinse and dry in the dryer the next day, it gets surprisingly soft.
Jan
Oct 6, 2011 09:58:00   #
budasha (a regular here)
 
Thanks
Oct 6, 2011 11:01:00   #
katm13
 
When I learned this technique, I was told to only soak the item made. I do it in the bath tub. Large enough for an afghan.
You really don't use much conditioner, maybe a large capful.
enough water to cover Soak the item. Rinse with clear water then towel dry by rolling it in a towel.
Then on cool/fluff in the dryer. When almost dry I pull it out and lay it down on a towel or sheeting and block it let it dry completely.
Works every time. No washing machine used.
KatM
 
Oct 6, 2011 11:25:49   #
chezalvera
 
I'm sure RH has its uses but I choose not to use it at all.
Too stiff. Hard on the hands. I know its not expensive but
there are plenty of yarns out there that are comparable in price but much better in overall quality. Canadiana is a
good alternative. I believe that you should use a yarn that you love and can afford. Think of the finished product and the hard work . As to chemo caps made with RH, I think IMO a definite NO.
Vera :-D
Oct 6, 2011 11:52:43   #
rolyn63
 
I have never heard of the hair conditioner pre-wash soak. I will have to give that a try.
Oct 6, 2011 14:18:38   #
StitchDesigner
 
rolyn63 wrote:
I have never heard of the hair conditioner pre-wash soak. I will have to give that a try.


I don't pre-wash with hair conditioner, I use it as intended, after the wash. I'm not sure how effective it would be in softening after it's all washed out.
Oct 6, 2011 18:22:30   #
SuzieQ
 
Hi,
I've been crocheting scarves using Caron's "Simply Soft" yarn. You would think by the name that the yarn is really soft, right? Somewhat, yes! I wash the scarves in cold water, use a liquid fabric softener and then... tumble dry them in on Low with a cool down setting. They're REALLY soft after that workout! My customers love them and so do I!
Take good care & be blessed,
Susan
 
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