How I Made Scratchy Yarn Like Buttah

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Recently I made a great scarf. I had my dad try it on and he told me he didn't like how it felt on his neck.  Boo!  I can't say I'm surprised, because the yarns I used were Red Heart Super Saver, Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool, and a really rough, straight from the sheep wool I picked up in Oaxaca.

I'm not dissing on any of these yarns.  I adore them all, but let's be honest- they don't have the best reputations for being squooshy and buttery to the touch.

So let me tell you (step by step) what I did to make my scratchy scarf buttery smooth. Saturday Night Live character Linda Richman would say, "Like buttah."   

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Thanks to Leslie on Crochetbug for the Red Heart in vinegar tip!

1.  Soak the scarf for 20 min in a cold vinegar solution.  (Ratio of 1:64, vinegar to water should do.)

2.  Rinse

3.  Hand wash in cold water with shampoo. Do not agitate.

4.  Rinse twice

5.  Gently massage in a generous amount of hair conditioner into each part until it is saturated.

6.  Let sit 10 min.

7.  Soak saturated scarf in cold water for at least an hour. 

8.  Rinse twice.

9.  Gently get rid of excess water by lightly squeezing, and rolling in a towel.

10. Block garment by laying flat to dry.

I used cheap Suave shampoo and conditioner for this, and not only is my scarf like buttah, it also smells like apples.


Akinyi said...

Do you have to do this repeatedly like every time you wash the item or just once?

sarah london said...

Great tip!

Cami said...

Thanks, Sarah! Akinyi, I'm not sure how many times you need to do it, but I think for the acrylic it should stay. For the natural fiber, you would probably need to condition it at least every other time, but that's just a guess. Thanks both for commenting! :)

Lise said...

I was SO disappointed when the lovely soft yarn I'd held to my face in the store turned out scratchy in the scarves I crocheted for Christmas. Next time, I'll know what to do! Thanks so much for the tip!

The Tiny Homestead said...

great tip, thanks for sharing. I will try to remember this!

Cami said...

Thank you Lise and TTH for commenting! I'll be checking out your blogs!! :)

Anonymous said...

I live in Florida and we really don't wear scarf type things, and only occasionally a sweater. I don't want to buy yarn off the internet unless I've felt it first and couldn't tell you where the closest yarn shop is. So, I buy good old Red Heart and Lion Brand and make a lot of lap afghans. The secret to making those yarns soft is to just throw them into the washer and dryer. They get softer and softer everytime you wash them.

Cami said...

Anonymous, thank you for your comment & sharing your tip. I have heard that about Red Heart acrylic as well. This tip will also work on natural fibers, which you can't throw in the washer. The more ways we have to make our yarn more comfortable, the better. :) I'd love to see some of your afghans if you have links. Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Hi Cami;

I just finished a scarf out of sock yarn in beautiful spring colors, it turned out to be scratchy on my neck, I tried this conditioner method and I am so pleasantly suprised :-) I can wear it now! Thank you for posting this.
Jennyharley :-)

Cami said...

Jenny! I am so glad my tip has helped you out! It's always good to see you here on my blog. :)

Anonymous said...

How many times do you have to do this? Will it stay soft even after I wash it in the washing machine? Thanks!

Van said...

Thanks for the tip! I'm going to try this on a new Red Heart skein I bought. The mustard color is lovely and I can't find it in other yarn types, so I sucked it up. Hopefully it turns out super soft so I can make a hat! :)

Dawn Sullivan said...

Hi this is a great post :-) I was wondering if you can do this with a whole skein of yarn? Thank you!