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Jul 23, 2012 19:50:13   #
mainelamms
 
I made a baby hoodie sweater and the yarn feels rough. Will it soften up if I wash it?
 
Jul 23, 2012 20:26:06   #
Dreamweaver
 
Probably..... Is it Red Heart yarn? Some people even add a little hair conditioner, but I find a regular washing does a lot of good......
Jul 24, 2012 07:45:42   #
Ann DeGray
 
mainelamms wrote:
I made a baby hoodie sweater and the yarn feels rough. Will it soften up if I wash it?


I always hand wash knitted things when finished . I always add a bit of Snuggles to the final rinse water. It make yarn softer and smells wonderful.

Someone have me some white yarn which had no label but I think it was Red Heart. It was not fun to knit but I made a zip up the back hooded baby sweater. It's the only garment I could not soften no matter what I used. I still haven't put it in with other stuff I give to the Open Door Mission. I tell myself it is cute, nicely done and would keep a baby warm but it's not the quality I like to give. On the other hand, I'm not able to throw away a garment that someone could use.

Oh decisions, decisions....I used to be decisive; now I'm not so sure.
Jul 24, 2012 08:40:12   #
Sailgurl
 
I'm sure some mom could use that sweater over a sweatshirt of turtleneck to keep her baby warm. With the cost of utilties continuing to rise, lots of folks have had to turn down their thermostats in the winter. The hood would help keep in body heat on a baby. So it's pratical and someone would appreciate it. Put a little cap with the sweater if you're worried about the hood being scratchy. She cpuld use the cap and the hood to keep baby warm
Jul 24, 2012 10:13:48   #
yankeecatlady
 
I add 1/2 cup white vinegar to last rinse. The smell rinses out.
Jul 24, 2012 11:54:07   #
Ingried
 
I at times wash an item to soften it and also have put knitted items into a Dryer with Dryer Sheets on air fluff.
 
Jul 24, 2012 11:58:25   #
Calcon
 
I at times wash an item to soften it and also have put knitted items into a Dryer with Dryer Sheets on air fluff.


I do the same - especially with Red Heart
Jul 24, 2012 17:37:55   #
joand'5
 
To soften up the yarn in knitted or crocheted items after I've finished making them, I put the item in the dryer with a damp bath towel and a dryer sheet and run it for about half an hour.
Jul 24, 2012 21:59:14   #
mainelamms
 
I don't remember what type of yarn it was. I made it about a year ago as a gift, but didn't feel right giving to anyone because it's scratchy. It's so cute, and now my daughter is having a boy and I want to give it to her if I can make it feel softer.
Jul 24, 2012 22:07:10   #
mainelamms
 
Thanks for all the tips. I'll let you know how I make out.
 
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