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Soften Your Yarn

By: Katie from

We like cheap yarn, but sometimes it's just too scratchy for things like crochet baby blankets. Soften Your Yarn with this neat crochet tip. After crocheting your crochet baby blanket, follow a series of washes and rinses to transform your blanket from not-so-soft to super-soft!


Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

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I love this how to Soften Your Yarn idea! I use a lot of Red Heart yarns and some other stiffer yarns that I find in the second hand stores that don't have a label telling what brand it is. As said in some of the post below, I always wash my finished crocheted items and they do come out softer. Some times it would be nice to just soften it as this how to shows. Thank you for this, I will give it a try!

This is a clever idea for smaller projects. Since I make primarily larger afghans, I switched to Caron Simply Soft which I found nearly as inexpensively as Red Heart with fewer problems. I purchase mine from Joann's when they have it on sale and a reduced shiping coupon and stock up for projects I want to work on (right now a Holiday Snowflake afghan) or from WalMart if I need something and don't want to wait for a sale at Joanns. Wal-mart has 97 cent shipping so I don't waste gasoline and time getting my yarn and have it delivered right to my home!

Thanks. I keep forgetting that Walmart has 97 cents and I think it has free shipping over $49 don't they?I have not bought any yarn from there in a long time. I think I used Red Heart. Which yarn do you use from Walmart? Thanks for the information.

I have never had luck with Red Heart yarn. Had trouble with pilling later with use. I like Caron, so soft right from the start and it is not expensive at Walmart.

I have always washed and dried my afghans before doing anything with them. The difference in softness after one washing and drying is very noticeable. It also sets the pattern better. I have used Red Heart yarn for years with no problems except when they discontinue a color I need more of, which has happened a couple of times.

This will help me so much - I have lots and lots of Red Heart yarn!

If you buy Caron Simply Soft or Red Heart Baby TLC or Bernat Satin yarn, there'll be no need to "soften" the yarn. They're made that being wrapped in a hug! They're often on sale at Michaels Stores at a "2 fer" price. Great quality and value for the money.


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