Saturday, March 8, 2014

Blocking 220 Superwash



We carry over 50 colours of 220 SW. It's fabulous for children's clothing, baby blankets and any garment you want to have machine washable!! 
 
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Carly's Helpful Yarn Tips!
How to block 220 Superwash®  
220 Superwash® is designed to be used for no-fuss garments that are washed in the washing machine and dried in the dryer.  The fibers of our 220 Superwash® have been descaled, which prevents them from gripping each other, especially when wet.  You may find that when you pull your piece out of the washer, it looks like it grew.  No worries, put it in the dryer and it will spring back into shape! 
Suppose your piece has texture elements like lace or ribbing that need to be opened up after washing and drying.  You can block 220 Superwash® to accomplish this.  There are three common ways that most people block knitwear:  steaming, soak and pin, and pin and spritz.  Because 220 Superwash® tends to grow when saturated with water and needs to be put in the dryer to resume its original size, we do not recommend soaking your piece for blocking.  Instead, pin your piece into shape on a blocking board and either spritz until damp or steam with an iron.  Graze the steaming iron over your piece to allow it to inundate with steam.  Never press the iron down into the pieces. 

Spritzing is the safest way to go because you cannot burn your garment.  Steaming is faster, however, we recommend you practice your technique on an old sweater or swatch to perfect your technique before steaming your new piece.

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