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Re: yarn is oiled and needs to be washed to bloom?
Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: December 08, 2008 12:15PM

You can knit the item first and then wash it. Many knitters will do this with coned yarn. However, because the gauge may change and so may the feel and drape of your fabric, it is ESSENTIAL to do a gauge swatch. In fact, you may have to do several gauge swatches to get an accurate idea of how your item will change with washing.

Cast on enough stitches so you can knit up a square that's 6-8 inches wide and tall. If your are planning to work a particular stitch pattern, you should do your gauge in that stitch pattern. Use the needles you are planning to work with.

Knit up your gauge swatch, measure it and then wash it and dry it the way you plan to wash and dry the finished product. Then measure your gauge swatch again -- measure the stitches in the center for the most accurate reading since the cast-on, cast-off and edge stitches will distort your gauge.

If the feel and drape of the fabric is not completely satisfactory, make another swatch using larger or smaller needles depending upon whether you want a looser or firmer fabric. Then again, wash and dry your swatch.

Some yarns may change drastically in gauge while others may barely change. Some yarns will change dramatically in feel -- become softer, fuzzier, more drapey, etc. whereas others may simply feel softer without changing that much in other characteristics.

You'll have to do a gauge swatch of your washed yarn anyway, so if it were me (always impatient to get started), I think I would just knit up a swatch of the yarn as is and then wash it to see what my true finished gauge will be.



Subject Written By Posted
  yarn is oiled and needs to be washed to bloom? fredas 12/06/2008 08:43PM
  Re: yarn is oiled and needs to be washed to bloom? Sally J 12/06/2008 11:18PM
  Re: yarn is oiled and needs to be washed to bloom? fredas 12/07/2008 12:43PM
  Re: yarn is oiled and needs to be washed to bloom? Alex 12/07/2008 03:12PM
  Re: yarn is oiled and needs to be washed to bloom? KT 12/08/2008 12:15PM
  Re: yarn is oiled and needs to be washed to bloom? fredas 12/14/2008 02:43PM


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