For many needlewomen, the need to dissolve the product associated with them, whether it be a dress or a children's sweater, becomes a real challenge. The fact is that most types of yarn after they have been used for their intended purpose become completely unsuitable for repeated knitting or crocheting due to the fact that they lose shape. We will find out whether it is possible to return a presentable look to the threads from which something has already been knitted.
How to Straighten the Yarn after Blooming: Popular Methods
Many craftswomen, having heard from one of their friends that they open old sweaters, may wonder why this is necessary. In most cases, reusing knitting threads can save you money. In addition, the desire to dissolve a thing and connect something new can be dictated by new fashion trends or changes in the figure. In addition, a product that has not lost its fashionable position may be torn or stained, which will make its processing one of the priority tasks.
Before puzzling over the ways to align the yarn, you need to find out how to properly knit things. Just untie the knot on the last chain is not enough, there are several nuances that need to be taken into account.
Advice! Before processing, the product must be washed and dried, spread out on a solid and even surface.
If the product is connected on a typewriter, it will open with a break of the thread. This can be indicated by special marks on the edges. Whole things unfold very quickly if you find a thread that you need to pull.
In order to make it easier to work with the released yarn in the future, when dissolving it, it is recommended to turn it into balls. As a basis for a ball, you can use foam rubber, cotton wool or a plastic bobbin.
One of the easiest ways to straighten threads is washing. This type of processing helps not only return the thread to its former shape, but also saves it from dust and pollution.
Important! Before washing, the yarn must be collected in skeins by winding the thread around the bend of the elbow.
The resulting skeins are washed in warm water, into which several drops of a special detergent for washing delicate and woolen products are added. Rinsing can also be done in water, in which conditioner is added, which will make the threads softer and more obedient.
Important! Yarn, especially consisting of natural fibers, must not be squeezed. Drying such filaments is necessary on a solid and even surface away from direct heat sources. A terry towel can be placed under them, which absorbs excess water.
The second polarity and effectiveness of straightening used threads is the “colander method”. To work, you need the following tools:
- a wide and deep pan or other heat-resistant container;
- fine mesh metal colander;
- a metal bowl whose diameter matches the colander;
- some water.
The process step by step:
- The yarn wound in a ball is placed in a colander, which is installed over a pot of water.
- The threads are covered with a lid.
- The design is placed on the stove and includes fire, and full power. Water should boil.
- After the water boils, the fire is made smaller and the pan is left to stand on the stove for 2-3 hours.
Important! It is necessary to monitor the water level in the pan, as it can boil.
After the required time, the yarn is taken out of the water and dried on a battery.
Advice! You can add a few drops of aromatic natural oil to the water.
Those who do not trust the new methods of straightening should resort to the grandmother's method, which involves the use of stools as a work machine. Loose threads are wound around two legs of a stool and left in this form for several days. From tension they straighten and smooth.
How to straighten the threads after blooming in the microwave
Those who have a microwave in the kitchen can significantly speed up the long process of reanimating previously used yarn. For work, you will need several cellophane bags and small cuts of cotton fabric (a kitchen towel or baby diaper).
The process step by step:
- the fabric is moistened in water, skeins of yarn are laid on it;
- everything is placed in a plastic bag and placed in a microwave;
- the oven is turned on to maximum mode, the timer is set for two minutes.
If the indicated time was not enough, the procedure can be extended for another couple of minutes. It is important to monitor how the thread “reacts” to such processing.
Various methods of steaming yarn for straightening
If none of the above methods helped, there are several more tricks that are used by experienced needlewomen to save previously used threads. Here are a few of them:
- The use of iron. This method is best used on individual sections of threads that were used to knit certain elements. It is also worth considering that after ironing the threads become flatter. The twisted thread is laid on an ironing board and covered with wet gauze. The ends that do not need processing are fixed on both sides so that they do not interfere. The iron is driven on gauze, trying not to stay in one place for a long time. If the iron has a "steam" mode, it is better to turn it on.
- Steaming over the pan. The yarn wound in small balls can be held over a floating pan, which will help to quickly and accurately straighten twisted threads. As a handle, you can use a long fork with two teeth used for cutting meat and poultry.
- Steaming in a teapot. A small teapot with boiled water poured into it will help restore its presentable appearance to any thread. To do this, push the end of the thread wound into a ball through the spout of the teapot and pull out the holes at the top covered with a lid. Pull the thread, you need to very slowly giving it time to contact with steam and hot water.
Natural wool from contact with steam can become much denser. Artificial acrylic, on the contrary, from the adoption of steam baths will only become softer and more elastic.