Softening Acrylic Yarn That is Rough

Yarn is always considered to be soft and plush because it is used to create crocheting and knitting artworks. However, this is a misconception. Many types of yarn are available in the world of textiles. Some are rough like leather, some are soft and allow for more comfort and luxury, while others are made from rope and are designed to be durable and last longer.

Acrylic yarn not only looks different compared to the more natural and biodegradable varieties of yarn, but it is also manufactured differently. Unlike the natural variety of yarn like wool and cotton which are spun together, acrylic yarn is a type of yarn that is entirely synthetic and twisted instead of being spun. These twists are used to create large pieces of yarn. However, when we decide to use acrylic yarn for crocheting projects, we usually end up with a scratchy and uncomfortable product.

How to Care For Your Crochet Piece

Even if your crochet piece is designed with natural yarn, you must ensure that you wash the product each time. This not only ensures that dirt and sweat from the crocheter’s fingers are removed but also helps in making sure that the piece lasts longer. However, before you wash the crochet piece, ensure that you read the washing label that is provided with the yarn itself.

Washing Patterns For Acrylic Yarn

Acrylic yarns are known to be immensely capable of handling chemicals such as glue and other adhesives, as well as food remnants like peanut butter and other more sticky substances. It is due to this that acrylic yarn is capable of being machine washed. However, if there are no instructions that were provided with the yarn, consider washing the yarn in warm water. Washing the yarn in warm water will ensure that the damage caused by wear and tear is low. Not only will the warm water help sterilize the product slightly, but it will also help loosen any dirt remains that may be stuck in between the loops and stitches.

Softening

Before the final stage in creating acrylic yarn, there are several steps to ensure that the product is soft with little to no roughness. One of the steps includes washing the acrylic piece in conditioner. However, this step must be done only after washing the piece in a washing machine. The type of conditioner that is used for softening the fabric is not essential, as it will have the same outcome. An inexpensive and commonly used bottle of conditioner will work just as well as an expensive and branded one.

Once the conditioner is added to the fabric, massage the conditioner into the fibers. This part is considered necessary, as the outcome is entirely dependent on how much the conditioner bonds with the fibers of the yarn. The key to this stage is massaging the fabric as hard as you can. This will improve the elasticity of the material. When you have completely rubbed the fabric, you must wait. Remember everything you know about patience and crocheting and don’t be tempted to disturb the conditioned material. It is best to leave the washed material overnight, for the conditioner to work its magic.

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