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How to Properly Clean Wool Yarn?

We know that Ice Yarns Blog readers have many questions about knitting and crochet. Today you will read how to clean wool yarn.

You’ve just scored a beautiful skein of wool yarn at your favorite craft store, and you can’t wait to get started on your next project. But before you do, there are a few things you should know about how to clean wool yarn.

In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the basics of how to clean wool yarn, as well as some of the pros and cons of pre-washing. So read on, and get ready to start your next Knitting Project!

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Ice Yarns Pure Wool Magic

Should You Pre-Wash Wool Yarn Before Using?

Pre-washing removes any potential dirt or oils that may be on the yarn. It also helps “bloom” the yarn, or make it fluffier. However, if you’re using quality wool yarn, you likely don’t need to pre-wash it. Wool is naturally resistant to dirt and oil and is capable of repelling stains. Overwashing your wool yarn can lead to it shrinking and losing its shape.

How to Clean Wool Yarn Safely?

You can either wash the yarn before you use it, or you can wash it as you go. If you choose to wash it before you use it, make sure to use gentle soap and cool water. Gently squeeze the water through the yarn and lay it flat to dry. If you choose to wash it as you go, make sure to use gentle soap and cool water. Soak the yarn in the water for about 5 minutes, then rinse with cool water, squeeze out the water and lay flat to dry.

Advantages/Disadvantages of Pre-Washing Wool Yarn

Pre-washing your wool yarn can help reduce shedding and make sure you don’t end up with a stiff fabric that won’t move. But, it can also change the texture of the yarn, making it softer and more delicate—which might not be ideal for some projects.

Pre-washing your wool yarn can help to set the color and prevent the yarn from bleeding, but it can also cause the yarn to shrink and felt. If you decide to pre-wash your wool yarn, be sure to use a gentle, wool-safe detergent and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. You may also want to consider drying your wool yarn flat to prevent it from shrinking.

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