Softening Up Scratchy Yarn

I pinned this tip for softening scratchy yarn and decided it was finally time to give it a try. As I organized and inventoried my yarn stash yesterday, I noticed one of my “cheap” yarns had something spilled on it somehow so I needed to wash the yarn. So, this was the perfect test to see if you really could soften up scratchy yarn. The verdict?

The washed yarn definitely feels more “fluffed up” after being washed and dried. And I think it’s softer. It’s not as soft as some of the yarns I have that are already soft, but it definitely doesn’t feel quite as stiff as the non-washed version.

I think the proof will be in how it feels when actually trying to crochet something with it. So I’ll be giving that a whirl soon and will let you know what I think then.

Have you tried this before? Any tips for softening cheaper yarns so they’re less “scratchy”?

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  1. Tammy says:

    Right now, it’s not the yarn that’s scratchy — it’s my hands. Seems like all I do is wash dishes. :) How in the heck did you wash it? Did you put it in a bag in the washing machine or do it by hand?
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    • Girl Going Country says:

      Tammy – I’m glad I’m not the only one with dry hands! LOL I loosened up the yarn and put it in a lingerie bag and tossed in the washing machine and dryer. I don’t think I have it in me to try washing yarn by hand. :-)

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