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How To Wash A Skein Of Yarn Before Using

By: Candace Julian from EyeLoveKnots
Updated August 11, 2022
How To Wash A Skein Of Yarn Before Using
How To Wash A Skein Of Yarn Before Using

"When I buy yarn at a garage sale or thrift store, I always wash it before adding to my stash, and I’m going to show you how to easily wash a skein of yarn before using it using your washing machine. It’s also a great way to soften up Red Heart Super Saver so it’s easier on your hands before crocheting or knitting (or working needlepoint) with it. You will need a mesh lingerie bag, and a washing machine – and I’m also using my dryer, but you could set out to dry as well. If you don't have a mesh bag, I’ve heard you can place your yarn in pantyhose (though I've not tried myself). I do not recommend a pillowcase because it will really make your yarn pill. Not all yarns can be machine washed so I recommend checking the washing instructions on your yarn. I have followed this machine washing and drying process as shown with Red Heart Super Saver, Bernat Blanket Yarn, Caron One Pound, Bernat Super Value, and Lily Sugar n Cream with no issues. Video tutorial included too!"


Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Materials List

  • Mesh Lingerie Bag
  • Washing Machine
  • Dryer (optional)

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