I treated myself to some cones of 100% Cashmere from Colourmart on Monday, new chunky weight and very expensive, but I felt I deserved a treat.
I will be totally honest here Colourmart are oiled yarns and I crocheted the cowl before washing, I have string softer, but I had made and washed a granny square before I started the cowl and I know that washing is essential to make these beautiful yarns bloom
before washing granny square samples...
A granny square after hand washing
see how fluffy and soft it looks now
My Ripple Cowl is in the washer now on a 30degree wash with ordinary washing liquid and it will go in the dryer after
pop back tomorrow to see the finished cowl with button fastening.
HAVE FUN X
COLOURMARTS WASHING ADVICE:
In general the advice for washing the oiled yarns is:
In general the advice for washing the oiled yarns is as below. Note we recommend washing the yarn AFTER knitting, so you will also need to try washing a swatch before knitting to see the effect on gauge..
- use as hot water as you can
- use something that removes oil, like detergent, not soap
- you may have to use the detergent more than once to get out all the oil
- rinse in water about the same temperature, and ideally use hair conditioner in the rinse
- either dry by rubbing with towels or on low heat in a tumble dryer with a towel or similar. The dryer will immediatly get you to fully bloomed and fully shrunk state, the towel rubbing will get you most of the way the first time
PLEASE DON'T WASH NORMAL CASHMERE THIS WAY, THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE FOR OILED CASHMERE ONLY