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Apr 24, 2019 16:34:15   #
gwhitexx
 
I am nearly finished with a blanket made from 100% Peruvian highland wool. I know it must be handwashed and laid flat to dry but am interested in your opinions on the best method and any products that you could recommend. Thanks!!
 
Apr 24, 2019 16:52:52   #
klrober (a regular here)
 
I use Eucalan....it's a special wool wash I use for all my knitting and even tho it says 'no rinse'....I still do.

For a baby blanket I usually use a superwash wool but since yours is all wool it will need to be hand washed....not sure how big it is but when wool is wet it will stretch so you need to handle very carefully.
I watched a video by Suzanne Bryan on how she blocked a wool sweater & I tell you she had some excellent tips on it....please look her up. She is a " master knitter" & knows her stuff.
I know your blanket is larger than a sweater but it's her tips that will help you.....
Apr 24, 2019 17:11:52   #
Fundogknit (a regular here)
 
gwhitexx wrote:
I am nearly finished with a blanket made from 100% Peruvian highland wool. I know it must be handwashed and laid flat to dry but am interested in your opinions on the best method and any products that you could recommend. Thanks!!


I knitted a sweater in that same yarn, in fact it was pictured on here about two months ago.
I have to admit I hate hand washing. What I did probably nobody would recommend was putting it in my washing machine on hand wash cycle. I used what ever soap I had, probably Tide, then dried it flat. It came out just fine and it didn’t felt.
Apr 25, 2019 06:58:40   #
betty boivin (a regular here)
 
I use Eucalan or Soak, do not rinse, it Will protect it from moths.
Apr 25, 2019 06:58:41   #
betty boivin (a regular here)
 
I use Eucalan or Soak, do not rinse, it Will protect it from moths.
Apr 25, 2019 07:09:23   #
engblom
 
betty boivin wrote:
I use Eucalan or Soak, do not rinse, it Will protect it from moths.

I would rinse. I checked up the ingredients and Eucalan might cause skin irritation. The baby might get itchiness from this product. I am myself sensitive to many detergents and so is one of my children.
 
Apr 25, 2019 08:08:35   #
nankat (a regular here)
 
Fundogknit wrote:
I knitted a sweater in that same yarn, in fact it was pictured on here about two months ago.
I have to admit I hate hand washing. What I did probably nobody would recommend was putting it in my washing machine on hand wash cycle. I used what ever soap I had, probably Tide, then dried it flat. It came out just fine and it didn’t felt.


Would work with a front loader. There is no torque ...stretching the fabric...as it spins.
Apr 25, 2019 08:40:49   #
cah
 
I would have to hand wash in the bathtub. I don't have a hand wash/wool cycle on my washer. I'm one of the people that's sensitive to Eucalan so my go-to is shampoo. I can't imagine lugging a soaking wet blanket down to the basement (that's where my washer is) to spin it out. Then I'd have to be creative to find a place for it to lay flat to dry. This is why I've resisted making a blanket from Cascade 220 or similar yarn, even though I'd really love one!
Apr 25, 2019 09:27:50   #
Lanadonna (a regular here)
 
I knit a "Log Cabin" blanket, using mostly Cascade 220, Drops Nepal, ( which is 65% wool, 35% Alpaca ), & a small amount of 100% Alpaca. Have machine washed it twice, in a front loader, on gentle cycle, with Eucalin. Air dried. It turned out fine! No felting, oh...& cold water.
Apr 25, 2019 11:43:42   #
DesertPurl
 
Not sure that I’d follow **all** of these instructions but they made me laugh - all 47 steps:

http://www.withwool.com/blog/2015/10/28/how-to-knit-and-block-a-giant-blanket-in-47-easy-steps
Apr 25, 2019 15:26:55   #
gwhitexx
 
Many thanks! Your help I most appreciated!
 
Apr 25, 2019 19:59:03   #
m_azingrace
 
Fundogknit wrote:
I knitted a sweater in that same yarn, in fact it was pictured on here about two months ago.
I have to admit I hate hand washing. What I did probably nobody would recommend was putting it in my washing machine on hand wash cycle. I used what ever soap I had, probably Tide, then dried it flat. It came out just fine and it didn’t felt.

I often use the hand wash/cold water cycle on my no frills, top-load machine. Have never had a problem. Always lay flat to dry though.
Apr 25, 2019 20:27:07   #
Nanamel14 (a regular here)
 
I often hand wash using an eco friendly wash and conditioner, I leave to drain in the sink for awhile (baby blanket size) gently lift onto towels and leave to soak up the moisture.....I do change towels as needed....I'm lucky and can use my spare bed to place my mats, I then lay out to air dry

I mainly use superwash Merino which I hand wash, then place in my washing machine to spin on the gentle cycle, then depending on our weather place outside either on my line or use my mats on my patio table to dry ....if I hang on my cloths line I usually put items on clothes hangers as I don't like using clothes pegs they often leave a mark
 
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