Killer Diller (page5grrl) wrote in needlesinthehay,
Killer Diller

yarn question

Earlier this year I bought some chEaP 100% acrylic worsted weight yarn for teaching myself and practice.

Now I have A LOT left and I want to make things out of it, the only problem is it's kind of stiff and scratchy, not very soft.

My question is - is there a way to soften this yarn and give it a nicer texture? Will it be softer once it's washed?

Do you have suggestions for things to make with scratchy stuff?

My first project with it is the "faggot lace scarf" in Knitting for Dummies. I'm also working on a rug with some heavier yarn. Pictures as soon as something is finished :-)
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What brand acrylic is it? My experience has been that Red Heart's standard yarn gets stiffer and scratchier with age, but I've never made any garments that have needed washing with it, only stuffed animals.

I would knit up a few swatches and experiment with washing them to see how it reacts. If you're not happy with the feel, you can make stuffed animals and other non-wearable objects with it.

Does the lace scarf require blocking to make the pattern really "pop"? If so, you might want to consider using an animal fiber, rather than acrylic. I vaguely remember the pattern in the book . . .
Ick - it is Red Heart. It's the very first stuff I bought when I was learning and didn't want to invest a lot of money :)

Maybe I'll use it to make another rug... or some Christmas ornaments... Hm...

I think stuffed animals are beyond my skill level at this point!

I have a huge collection of Red Heart purely for the purpose of knitting little animals. They're a lot easier than you would think they would be, I promise.

That said, ornaments and things like bookmarks or placemats might work.
I made a picnic blanket out of my large stockpile of acrylic. It's made of 12" x 12" crochet squares that are sewn together. The same kind of thing could be knit out of your new stitch samples.