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Stiff projects

Posted by vivionion (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 16, 08 at 8:27

Good morning, everyone! I just finished making a crochet shrug from worsted weight yarn, but it's very stiff and doesn't really "drape" very nicely. I once read about soaking projects in a fabric softener solution to soften them up. Has anyone ever tried this, or does anyone have any suggestions as to how to loosen it up a little...or will just a couple of washings do it? Thanks so much for any info.

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RE: Stiff projects

If it is synthetic yarn, wash it and use fabric softener and dry it in the dryer. That will soften it up.

RE: Stiff projects

What yarn did you use? If it's wool, try some hair conditioner. Have you checked your gauge against the gauge on the pattern? If you're knitting at too tight a gauge for the yarn, the fabric will be stiff and not have much drape.

RE: Stiff projects

No, everything is OK as far as that goes, guage was right, fits ok, it was just a kind of stiff yarn to begin with. but I really liked the color!

RE: Stiff projects

Yarn, like fabric, is manufactured with a coating of sizing, which I liken to a light starch. That's what gives it that new, smooth finish. Just wash the item to remove that sizing, and then rinse with a fabric softener. If it is wool or another natural fiber, follow the laundering directions on the label.

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