Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog: Crocheted Newborn Cardigan and Softening Yarn

11.22.2013

Crocheted Newborn Cardigan and Softening Yarn

I've been crocheting a lot lately; the cold weather totally gets me in the yarn mood. I found a free newborn crochet pattern and thought I'd try it out. (If you want to try making one, I would suggest reading another version of the same pattern here. It explains the button area better.) It came together surprisingly fast and didn't use that much yarn!
For size comparison this is the cardigan compared to my hand. It's so tiny and cute. I always forget how big newborns are until I look at newborn clothes! I know my baby might grow out of it quickly, but Henry stayed small for at least a month and I have a risk of delivering early this time. We'll just have to see!
The brown yarn I had it my stash, and I don't even remember where I got it. It's definitely a rough polyester or blend of some sort. I read a bunch of tutorials online about making yarn soft and decided to try it out. I was pretty skeptical, but this method worked really well!
Steps:
1. Crochet and finish item.
2. Wet and shampoo item.
3. Saturate item in conditioner and let sit in cold water for an hour.
4. Wash item like you normally would. I washed mine warm, delicate, with homemade laundry soap.
5. I let my item air dry because we don't have a dryer. The tutorials said to dry with a dryer sheet, but after mine air-dried it was surprisingly soft.
I added a really soft white yarn to the edges just in case and some plastic buttons that look like wood. It gives it the perfect touch. I love that it can be used for my girl and any boys I might still have.
Heather

9 comments:

  1. Ohhhh! How cute!! I love it!!

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  2. I gotta learn it... really.

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  3. Adorable sweater!
    I had read this technique but haven't tried it yet. I did try washing and drying the whole skein. It softened the yarn somewhat but not as much as I had hoped. I am going to try this method next. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Adorable! I need to pin this, gonna try it! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. It's darling! It is wild how you forget how tiny everything is.

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  6. Your cardigan looks so cozy. Thank you for sharing this. I found Kelly's pattern und have to crochet. The result is shown on my blog. I would be pleased you take a visit ;)

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