Do you ever find yourself standing in a yarn isle thinking to yourself, “This yarn is absolutely beautiful, but it’s just too rough for me.” For me personally, it’s wool that gets to me. I just can’t do it and there are so many amazing crochet patterns out there that call for wool yarn; it’s just too itchy. Going back to the previous thought, though, some yarns are just too stiff or too rough to work with. Well now there is a solution! There’s an easy way to soften your yarn to make it easy to work with and even better to wear.
How to Soften Yarn
Before we get started, keep in mind it is easier to do this on a finished piece instead of a ball of yarn.
- Rinse your crochet project in cold water
- Use a soft shampoo to wash the project; be sure to rinse well (multiple times)
- Use a soft conditioner all over project; do not rinse yet
- Let project sit in cool water for at least an hour
- Rinse thoroughly
- Run through a gentle cycle of the washing machine and light cycle of dryer – If you are too nervous to do this then just be sure you rinse the project very well so there is no conditioner left in it and then let it air dry.
- Block the project and let it lay fly to finish drying
The more times you wash the project, the softer it will get. Having a soft project can sometimes make the world of a difference. In particular, if you are making a crochet pattern for a baby, you won’t want to use a rough yarn because not only will it be scratchy for them, but it might cause some kind of reaction. Having super soft yarn makes things snuggly and plush, too.
How do you soften your yarn?