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Sep 17, 2019 12:19:42   #
Smilesnhugs
 
I usually use washable yarns, however I'm thinking about ordering some yarn that is 36% wool/28% cotton/18% linen/18% bamboo. It states hand wash. How steadfast would that be? Would it have to be hand washed?
 
Sep 17, 2019 12:25:38   #
knit4ES (a regular here)
 
If it is on Ravelry, see what people who have used it say.
If you decide to order it make a swatch and wash and dry as you intend to do... measure before you launder it and compare the before and after numbers
https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/fibranatura-unity-beyond this one has the same mix as the mix you noted
Sep 17, 2019 12:36:50   #
MMWRay (a regular here)
 
I would hand wash. I would not take the risk.
Sep 17, 2019 12:50:48   #
Charlotte80 (a regular here)
 
If it says hand wash, that is what I would do. Wool that hasn't been treated will felt.
Sep 17, 2019 12:51:03   #
AuntKnitty
 
unless it says specifically that it's washable wool, you would need to follow the manufacturer's instructions. That being said..,I handwash all my knits except for afghans.
Sep 17, 2019 13:32:29   #
bokemom (a regular here)
 
I like to live on the wild side. If I'm not sure, I make a swatch, pin to a towel, and throw it through the laundry. Either it comes out ok or I know only to use it for people who will treat it right.
 
Sep 17, 2019 14:00:25   #
Lisa BB
 
Hi all

I will never forget my first wool sweater. I bought it but don’t remember where but still loved it. It was when I first moved out in my own. It needed hand washing and I was diligent about this. When doing a load I didn’t realize it was in the load until it came out. It would’ve fit a Barbie doll. I was so upset but a lesson was learned.
Sep 17, 2019 14:57:56   #
klrober (a regular here)
 
Go with the instructions the yarn came with....hand washing isn't that hard anymore.....buy some no rinse Eucalan liquid soap esp for wool & you are all set.
Sep 17, 2019 17:27:12   #
deshka (a regular here)
 
my washer has 'ultra hand wash cycle', it barely moves the contents around and i use it for very delicate items, they come out so much cleaner than hand washing. I have a big heavy wool sweater, very heavy when it's wet, it looked dingy so I used that cycle and it come out looking like brand spankin new. Make sure if you use the machine that the water temp is cool and that it does't wash things to pieces, do a test run with something the same size.
Sep 17, 2019 19:20:27   #
vonknit (a regular here)
 
I spin a lot of wool, and I always wash it when the skein is wound. I will wash the items again when I finish knitting the item -- not because they are dirty, but because of what the water does to wool and help to make it all lay properly.

I always use hot water out of the tap. I add a little liquid detergent, and drop the items into it. Then walk away! This is the hardest part -- do NOT touch!! Just let it soak for at least 20 minutes or until the water is hand warm. I remove the items, rinse and roll up in a towel. Lay flat or hang up (depending what it is) to dry. Very simple!!

I very rarely use a machine to do any of my laundry, and will never use a dryer! It is not that difficult to wash anything!

It all depends on what you are making. If a scarf, be honest, and tell me when you last washed a scarf! No one does that... maybe once in a couple years. A knitted hat? Socks, yes, often.

That is a nice yarn you are thinking of, and yes, it IS washable!! You will love working with it. It will be a new experience for you, so I say it is worth it. Next time, you may want to use a bit more wool in it. You will notice a difference, and sometimes, it is exactly what you want.
Sep 18, 2019 06:41:50   #
JTM (a regular here)
 
Smilesnhugs wrote:
I usually use washable yarns, however I'm thinking about ordering some yarn that is 36% wool/28% cotton/18% linen/18% bamboo. It states hand wash. How steadfast would that be? Would it have to be hand washed?


Chatting in doctors waiting room yesterday, aa woman told of knitting a king size blanket for a relative who threw it in both washer and dryer when yarn band called for hand washing...the blanket shrank down to less than double bed size.
Granted the yarn in question was 100% wool, but the care of yarn is usually listed on the label for a good reason. I would not plan on washin by machine unless label says it is, I fact, machine washable.
 
Sep 18, 2019 08:13:08   #
mathrox (a regular here)
 
Lisa BB wrote:
Hi all

I will never forget my first wool sweater. I bought it but don’t remember where but still loved it. It was when I first moved out in my own. It needed hand washing and I was diligent about this. When doing a load I didn’t realize it was in the load until it came out. It would’ve fit a Barbie doll. I was so upset but a lesson was learned.


My children have said that my epitaph for my gravestone will be 'here lies mom- she could shrink anything'.
I once did the 'Barbie Doll' shrinkage thing. It was a hand-me-down children's sweater, not hand-made, with the original label cut out as it was scratchy, I assume.
Sep 18, 2019 09:48:55   #
naughtyknitterjan
 
My DH still talks about the time I machine washed his wool sweater. It might have fitted a two year old. Of course he claimed that it was his favorite sweater. You would think that after 47yrs he would have forgotten about it , but noooo.

Janice
Sep 18, 2019 10:05:04   #
Ellie RD (a regular here)
 
JTM wrote:
Chatting in doctors waiting room yesterday, aa woman told of knitting a king size blanket for a relative who threw it in both washer and dryer when yarn band called for hand washing...the blanket shrank down to less than double bed size.
Granted the yarn in question was 100% wool, but the care of yarn is usually listed on the label for a good reason. I would not plan on washin by machine unless label says it is, I fact, machine washable.

Who in their right mind would knit a king size blanket in wool that requires hand washing. Can you imagine the weight of this monster when it is wet! And dry cleaning would cost a fortune and I don't think it would really get it clean. However, that felted wool blanket sure would be warm!!!!
Sep 18, 2019 11:46:08   #
Dorsey (a regular here)
 
I just put a sweater in the washer, I had knit it myself, was sure it was washable wool, it wasn't. Sweater did not felt but it sure shrank,will donate it, maybe someone can wear that size.
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