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Dec 10, 2017 12:20:32   #
riversong200 (a regular here)
 
I have a commission for a scoodie that requires that the garment be washed in hot water. The yarn also needs to be very soft. I'm looking for worsted weight. Thoughts anyone?
 
Dec 10, 2017 12:50:43   #
sockyarn (a regular here)
 
First what is a "scoodie"? Cotton can be washed in hot water.
Dec 10, 2017 12:53:00   #
Violet.C
 
sockyarn wrote:
First what is a "scoodie"? Cotton can be washed in hot water.


A scarf with a hood built in!
Dec 10, 2017 12:53:05   #
rainie (a regular here)
 
How hot are you talking about? Nursing home?
"Acrylic yarns can take the largest amount of abuse; they can dry in heaps in corners, be laundered with detergent and thrown in the dryer on high heat, etc, and the worst that will happen is the garment will develop pills from the friction. The one thing you should not do with acrylic yarns is iron them. Do not iron your acrylic yarns! Acrylic MELTS under an iron." https://knittingharpy.wordpress.com/2008/08/19/choosing-yarn-washability/
Dec 10, 2017 14:14:40   #
MMWRay (a regular here)
 
Ice yarns have an antibacterial yarn if that helps.
Dec 10, 2017 14:21:36   #
riversong200 (a regular here)
 
MMWRay wrote:
Ice yarns have an antibacterial yarn if that helps.


Interesting thought. I wonder if the hot water will destroy that property.
 
Dec 10, 2017 14:30:40   #
Loistec (a regular here)
 
I would never wash cotton in hot water! It shrinks!
Dec 10, 2017 15:12:38   #
IndigoSpinner (a regular here)
 
Linen should also be washable in hot water.
Dec 11, 2017 05:27:50   #
laceluvr (a regular here)
 
Nylon yarns are usually very soft & can be washed in hot water. 100% nylon yarn is hard to find; as it's often mixed with a percentage of other fibers. Nylon is known as a 'scavenger' fiber because it will easily pick up color if washed with fibers that are not colorfast. If the nylon item is light in color, it can turn dingy after awhile if it's washed with other colored items.
Dec 11, 2017 08:01:54   #
JTM (a regular here)
 
riversong200 wrote:
I have a commission for a scoodie that requires that the garment be washed in hot water. The yarn also needs to be very soft. I'm looking for worsted weight. Thoughts anyone?


Many acrylic fibers can stand Hot water.
Dec 11, 2017 08:50:39   #
RoxyCatlady (a regular here)
 
Loistec wrote:
I would never wash cotton in hot water! It shrinks!


Unless it has been mercerized.
 
Dec 11, 2017 08:56:28   #
spins2knit (a regular here)
 
Any yarn can be washed in hot water. The real question is: should it be?

If you are talking about a nursing home situation anything you use will probably be abused in laundering and won't last long.
Dec 11, 2017 12:02:46   #
tdorminey (a regular here)
 
I made all blankets for my grandsons with Caron's Simply Soft. It really was simply soft, but wore like iron thru probably 100s of hot water washes and still looked like new. After first experiences with them, my daughter requested that all future items be made with it as well. I have read posts on KP about Caron being bought out and the 'new' yarns not having the same hand as before: splitty, etc, so you might try one skein to see for yourself.
Dec 11, 2017 13:15:12   #
riversong200 (a regular here)
 
Thank you all for your thoughts! My customer is dealing with a skin condition that requires hot water wash but I suspect she takes care of her items so it won't be like using industrial machines.
Dec 11, 2017 13:20:10   #
Ask4j (a regular here)
 
Loistec wrote:
I would never wash cotton in hot water! It shrinks!


Not if it is a pre-shrunk garment. When I sew with cotton knits or woven I always pre-wash then no problem. Hot water is best for removing tough stains as well as in nursing homes for sterlizing when clothes from different patients are washed together. Bamboo is another fiber that could be washed in hot water up to 100°C/212°F and is anti-bacterial: http://www.swicofil.com/bamboo.pdf
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