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How to Wash Crochet and Knit Projects

Everything you need to know about washing your beloved crochet and knit projects.

By: Alison Soley, Editor,
How to Wash Crochet and Knit Projects
How to Wash Crochet and Knit Projects
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Whether you're a seasoned crocheter or knitter, or are just entering the wonderful world of crocheting or knitting, there are tips and tricks we could all learn from. One of the tricky subjects when it comes to caring for your creations is how to wash crochet and knit projects. We asked some of our readers for knitting tips and crochet tips for washing handmade crochet projects. It turns out, there are a ton of ways to avoid unnecessary disasters like shrinking or misshaping your beloved crochet or knit projects.

You'll be so pleased to add to your wealth of knowledge about these two favorite pastimes with these great crochet and knitting ideas. When you're done, be sure to check out the project ideas below so you can make your own crochet or knit crafts and put that knowledge to good use.

Washing Tips for Crochet and Knit Projects

It's never too late to learn more crochet or knitting tips. Check out these great ideas below for tips and tricks on how to care for your crochet and knit items. The last thing you want is to ruin a piece you've worked hard on by washing it the wrong way. These are also useful to know if you want to pass on some useful information to any recipients of your lovely crochet and knit creations. With these tips at hand, you'll rest assured knowing you're doing everything you can to preserve your treasured craft projects.

  1. Use acrylic yarn from the beginning. "No natural fiber means no shrinking or felting," says Mimi Bellini, a Facebook user and fan of our FaveCrafts page. To avoid the risk of shrinkage, acrylic yarn is one of the safest bets you could go with.

  2. Handwash using ivory flakes or Dreft detergent for babies, says Ann Henderson, a Facebook user and fan of our FaveCrafts page. Dreft detergent is especially useful because it treats your projects as gently as possible and is less harsh than typical detergent.

  3. Wash using cold water. Unless you have very hard water, tap water is safe. If your water seems too hard, distilled water should do the trick instead.

  4. Always wash out the suds by rinsing in cold water as many times as you need. You should do this until all the suds have disappeared.

  5. Dry flat on a towel, says Sanelle Strydom from our Facebook page. You should do this after you've squeezed excess water out of your project by pressing it firmly (rather than twisting it). You may need to leave it to dry for up to 24 hours.

Crochet and Knit Patterns

These are just a few easy crochet patterns and easy knit patterns to get you started. It's hard to resist these lovely yarn projects, and you'll definitely want to know how to take the best care of them possible. Enjoy these fun and fresh ideas to get you started, and be at peace knowing you're a guru now on how to take care of your knit and crochet projects.

Flower Hill Crochet Pullover

You'll feel cozy and cute with this adorable, easy crochet pattern. Wow your friends and family when you don this winsome crochet idea all around town. You're sure to be the most fashionable person wherever you go.

Baby Frock

Everyone will be saying "aww" when you make this amazing baby dress pattern for your baby or grandbaby. This is one easy crochet pattern you won't want to miss. Everyone will love the beautiful and bold colors of this awesome crochet idea.

Two Hues Crochet Baby Blanket

You'll adore making this crochet blanket pattern so much, it's hard to imagine a cooler crochet project. Don't hesitate to make this amazing craft that will make a wonderful DIY gift for that special infant in your life. Everyone is sure to love it.

Unforgettable One Skein Knit Scarf

This scarf pattern is truly unforgettable. You'll absolutely adore this stunning knit scarf pattern, and so will everyone else. Don't hesitate to try this lovely knitting idea.

Magical Hooded Poncho

This is one poncho you'll definitely want to make. For a cute knitting pattern that won't break the bank, check out this adorable, free poncho knitting pattern that will look lovely on your or a friend or family member. You'll want to add this one to your list to make.

Knook Infinity Scarf Pattern

For an infinity scarf pattern that you can love from now until the end of time, look no further than this stunning knit infinity scarf pattern. Everyone will be asking where you got such a lovely scarf.

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This is super helpful for beginners and seasoned crotchet fans alike. I always check the manufacturer instructions on the yarn before I wash it if I made the project myself but if it was a gift, the safest bet is to wash with cold water. If it's store bought check the tag on the inside of the item before you wash.

Thanks for this article dedicated to the proper washing of crochet and knit projects. The collection of projects included here are great collectibles. I'm gonna pin them all. Thanks for this article.


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