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Aug 8, 2017 06:12:41   #
I have purchased a cone of linen yarn (two ends wound together) and have made a tension swatch and then washed it in quite hot water. But the swatch is still very scratchy and as I want to make a drapy tee shirt would want it to be much softer. Any ideas about how I can treat the linen to soften it please. I have knitted it on a loose tension so its not that the tension is too tight.
Aug 8, 2017 06:23:10   #
Mad loch (a regular here)
Sorry cant help with the softness but I would never wash linen in hot water. I just down loaded this it may help.

Linen becomes softer and more absorbent after each wash, which is pretty neat. Wash linen on low temperatures in lukewarm or cold, and preferably soft, water. Use the gentle machine cycle and a mild detergent to protect the fibres. Again, read the individual manufacturer's care instructions to be sure.
Aug 8, 2017 06:25:30   #
Thanks for that, just ironed the swatch on a hot setting, and its slightly better.
Aug 8, 2017 06:47:44   #
knitteerli (a regular here)
Yes. Old linen sheets are much softer than new. Wash your swatch a few times then feel the difference between that and a new swatch.
Aug 9, 2017 09:25:29   #
Peggy Sagers of Silhouette Patterns has a YouTube clip about washing stiff denim in a solution of Coca Cola (not Diet Cola, not off brands). She strongly claims that works to soften the fabric. I wonder if that would work for your linen?
Aug 9, 2017 10:56:20   #
I'll try it thanks
Aug 9, 2017 13:07:29   #
I would be hesitant to try Coke on light colored yarn in case it might change the color.
Aug 9, 2017 13:40:41   #
How about a drop of hair conditioner before the final rinse. I have a skein of linen in hand and it lists the temp at 30 degrees F. I am going to a mill on Monday to purchase some coned linen and was told she would give me explicit washing instructions. If I learn anything valuable will let you know.
Aug 9, 2017 14:22:36   #
Thanks, please would you.
Aug 11, 2017 17:49:33   #
KateWood (a regular here)
Vinegar in the rinse softens and it doesn't leave a fragrance in the laundry, also if you have hard water soften the wash water as well with a little borax or calgon
Aug 11, 2017 18:37:52   #
My trip for Monday got postponed until the 28th - will update if I learn anything new.
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