It is recommended in properly
caring for your crochet items is for you to read and understand the directions
and symbols on the yarn manufacturers label. The manufacturers have
put these pieces of information on the labels for that express purpose.
**TIP: Keep a binder that has the
manufacturers recommended cleaning instructions for the items that you
Another important factor is
any instructions that the manufacturer includes concerning color fastness
of the dye in the yarn.
General instructions for care of
a specific fiber (Please read label attached to your yarn for more specific
directions associated to your specific brand of yarn).
is the recommended method of cleaning. The washing of wool items
should be done with care to prevent fuzing and shrinkage. Mild soaps
and detergents cause little if any damage, if heat and agitation are kept
to a minimum.
AVOID: Chlorine bleach,
agitation and hot water.
Before the item is placed in lukewarm
water it is necessary that the soap be completely dissolved. Never
rub soap or soap powder directly onto the strands of yarn.
Dry wool items flat. Place the item
on a terry towel spread over a flat surface.
Unless the item is mothproofed,
wool fabrics should be stored so that they will not be accessible to moths.
SILK: Dry cleaning
is usually recommended for silk garments because of the yarn structure
and the nonfast colors.
To hand wash silk use lukewarm water
and a mild detergent. After thoroughly wetting the garment, gently
squeeze for a few minutes in sudsy water. Do not wring item.
Support the wet item when lifting. Do not rub or twist. Rinse thoroughly
until water runs clear.
To dry, roll the item in a large
absorbent towel and firmly squeeze to remove excess water. Lay the item
out on towels, gently pat into shape and allow to dry. Do not stretch or
pull the item while wet. Do not dry in direct sunlight.
Silk is sensitive to sunlight which
causes white silk to yellow and all silk to lose strength. Never
hang a silk garment on a hanger.
COTTON: It is recommended
that cotton items be washed by hand, rather than by machine.
During rinsing a softener should be added to the rinse. To remove
excess water, roll the item in an absorbent towel. Dry the item flat
after reshaping. Never hang the cotton garment when wet as this will
stretch the garment.
LINEN: Linen can be
dry-cleaned or washed without special care and chlorine bleaches can be
used. (Use caution when using chlorine bleaches it can ruin colored/dyed
RAYON: Rayon can be
safely dry cleaned, this is the safest and most recommended method of cleaning.
Unless resin treated, rayon fabrics have a tendency to shrink progressively.
NYLON: Use warm water
when washing as hot water may cause some wrinkling. Nylon has a low
resistance to direct sunlight.
ACRYLIC: Wash in warm
or cool water and spin dry.
BLENDS: See the manufacturers
label for cleaning instructions.
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