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How to Wash a Wool Blanket: how_wash_wool_blanket

Before the invention of washing machines and dry cleaners, wool was always washed safely by hand. With a bit of care, you can still do so without shrinking the blanket.

Difficulty Level:

Average

Time Required:

90 minutes

Here’s How:

  1. Fill a large wash tub, or your bath tub, with cool – lukewarm water.
  2. Add a mild soap, such as dishwashing liquid, to the water (no bleach).
  3. Place the wool blanket into the soapy water.
  4. Allow the blanket to soak for about an hour.
  5. Any soiled spots can be gently hand-rubbed in the water to release the dirt.
  6. Drain the water from the tub.
  7. Refill the wash basin or tub with cool – lukewarm water.
  8. Hold the blanket away from the running water, so that the water is not spraying onto the blanket, or it might felt that part of the blanket.
  9. Allow the blanket to soak in the rinse water for a few minutes.
  10. Drain the water from the tub.
  11. Squeeze any excess moisture from the blanket.
  12. Hang the blanket to dry outside, or drape over the shower curtain rod in your bathroom and allow to air dry.

Tips:

 

  • If drying in your bathroom, you may want to place a few towels under the blanket to catch any excess dripping from the blanket.
  • Heat and agitation cause felting of wool. If wool blankets (or sweaters) are washed in cool water and are not agitated, such as in your washing machine (even on gentle cycle), felting should not occur.

How To

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How to Mordant Cotton and Linen Yarns
How to Sew Handwoven Fabric
How to Spin a Cabled Yarn
How to Make a Tin Mordant
How to Make a Twisted Fringe
How to Use a Corker
How to Wash Fleece
How to Felt
How to Use a McMorran Balance

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Afghan Crochet Patterns: crochet-afghan

Cheryl’s Puff Shell Surprise
Reversible puff shells, crocheted in squares can make a lively and colourful afghan. Designed by Cheryl Woodruff.

Tulip Garden Afghan
Designed by Vicki Becker, this afghan is crocheted using an afghan hook and a tulip garden motif. Red Heart 4 ply yarns. Look for other free afghan patterns on this website as well.

Aran Afghan
Designed by Priscilla Hewitt, this pattern is a bit more challenging and looks lovely crocheted in natural colour yarns. The pattern suggests Red Heart by try it with handspun wools.

Marigold Star Throw
Purple Kitty has many crochet afghan patterns, including this colorful marigold star pattern.

Crochet Snowflakes
Lovely red and white crochet snowflakes from Canadian Living.

Mexican Nap Time Throw
A colorful design for using up your yarn stash.

Cascade Crochet
Using 4 ply worsted weight yarns, a bright design in a bargello pattern.

Native American Blanket
A vintage pattern crocheted in double crochet using knitting worsted yarns.

Zinnia Garden
An afghan crocheted using simple squares.

Colonial Log Cabin
From the Lion Brand website, an attractive log cabin design using homespun yarns.

Crochet Books: Afghans

50 Sensational Crochet Afghans & Throws
Crochet these out-of-the-ordinary afghans using your favorite yarns.

200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans: Crochet Squares to Mix and Match
From Art Deco–inspired geometric designs to traditional checkerboard stripes and elaborate motifs, employing traditional styles and contemporary colors.

Crochet Projects

Crochet Water Bottle
Crochet Hats
Filet Crochet
Crochet Edgings
Baby Crochet
Crochet Afghans
Crochet Accessories
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