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Do you always wash gift scarves?

Posted by jenn (My Page) on
Tue, Jan 1, 08 at 17:50

I knitted a simple scarf for my SIL for Christmas... unfortunately, I didn't finish it in time so I will need to ship it to her.

I'm wondering if I need to wash it. I don't wash the ones I make for me. It doesn't appear to need blocking (at least not to my novice eye).

Do you always wash the scarves you make for gifts? Is there a criteria you use to determine whether or not to wash them -- if they need blocking, or to remove a spot that might have gotten in while knitting?


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RE: Do you always wash gift scarves?

I wash my gifts because I like the softness of the yarn once the sizing is removed. I use fabric softener too. I do not use wools, so I am not sure how much a washing would help a natural fiber, but it definitely helps acrylics.


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RE: Do you always wash gift scarves?

I NEVER wash scarves before I give them...I mean, how dirty can they be? I knit with wool only, and washing doesn't have much advantage for wool, so why do it if you don't need to. Sometimes I spritz with water and then block, but whether I do this or not is dependent on what pattern I use, etc. Perhaps if I used acrylic yard I'd view it differently.


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RE: Do you always wash gift scarves?

Thanks for your comments. I ended up soaking it in tepid water with a drop of mild soap (Amway LOC... great stuff and doesn't need rinsing). Mostly so I could gently reshape it a little.

I agree Sandra, how dirty can they be... I should have said "block" or rinse" instead of wash. And since I've read to block most everything I thought I should. Or, should I?


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RE: Do you always wash gift scarves?

When I block things, I pin them to the back of the guest room door, with push pins. When I get the article (I do this with sweaters, too) the way I want it, I spray with water...no need to soak an article...damp seems to be sufficient. The only time I do this is when either the garment needs a bit of 're-sizing', or the pattern would look better if I did...for me, most scarves haven't needed it.


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RE: Do you always wash gift scarves?

I tend to wash everything before I give it. I rarely use wool so it has nothing to do with blocking. With a dog in the house, there are usually stray hairs that get on anything I work on. It's also a good way to tell the person that it was washed/dried and they should not be afraid to do so. I also include a label from whatever yarn it is with the gift.


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RE: Do you always wash gift scarves?

Thanks everyone. It's taking it's sweet time drying on the table.

Sandra, do you stick pins into your door??? How do you support it while your putting in the pins so the weight of the garment doesn't stretch it out???


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