Sometimes it’s hard to come up with a new topic but I‘m sure this is something I haven’t addressed here before. You’ve heard me say I love Wool Crepe Deluxe and if you look in the right place(s), I’ve talked about blocking and steaming garments but what happens to a finished garment that is laundered? It looks like this! Yikes! This is the 1RT raglan in ginger WCD that I made back in October '14, http://knitwords.blogspot.ca/2014/10/a-bird-in-hand.html
BTW, this isn’t
the first time I washed it, just the first time I thought to tell you about it!
;-) OK, a quick review of how I laundered this. I
use Eucalan, in warm water, in my top-loading washer, with just enough water to
cover the garment – I don’t mean to brag here but I do several similar-coloured
WCD garments at one time, so enough water to submerge all. Note, never button a
cardigan – it will stretch out the bands and look awful.
After filling, turn
off the machine. Swish the things by hand and let soak for 15-20 minutes. If
there were any trouble spots/stains, I pre-treat with straight Eucalan before
submerging. After the soak, turn the washer dial to drain/spin, full-on and let
the machine do the work to take the water out. Eucalan is a no-rinse product,
so that’s all there is to it. Sometimes, I add a little fabric softener in
there too but not a lot, just like a teaspoon, maybe. Then I put all the items
in the dryer, along with a one-yard piece of percale sheeting that I keep
especially for this purpose – it helps to make the sweaters tumble instead of
wadding up on the blades of the dryer and has no lint. Set the dryer to ‘air’
only for about 15 minutes – this will take out the wrinkles and because there
is no heat, no danger of shrinking.
Then I take the things out, lay them flat
on towels and let them air dry overnight.
This one-row-tuck looks bubbly and
nasty because of the tuck and it is necessary to re-block it (this happens to
lace as well). I do it in sections on my ironing board. For one side of the front, put a longer blocking rod in the edge of the front band and a shorter one
through the hem band – make this one go about an inch past the side seam so you
don’t get a point happening at the side seam. Pin the rods in place – I don’t
use a tape measure for this, just eyeball it, but if you’re uncertain, measure and make sure the second front matches in length.
Don’t worry about the side seam - no need to have a rod there, you can
hold/stretch that side with your hand as you are steaming with the other hand.
On the neckline, I just put a few extra pins to hold it in place without stretching
it out. I’m just using my regular steam iron http://knitwords.blogspot.ca/2012/01/out-of-steam.html
and holding it just above the fabric
until I get some steam into the fabric then I actually set it down for a sec to
really steam it. After that section is done, walk away and leave it to cool for
a minute or two. Unpin, move to next
section, blah-blah-blah. For the sleeves, I use the sleeve board and no rods. Good as new!