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Old 09-16-07, 10:31 AM
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My mom crocheted (spelling??) me 6 blankets and I also got a few more at my shower. Since they are for the baby I know I need to wash them, but I don't want to ruin them!!!
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Old 09-16-07, 10:39 AM
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I do wash them and this is the method I use to keep them soft. I wash them in cold water and dry them on medium heat or hang dry them, and of course use some fabric softener.
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You can ask your mom about washing instructions - I've made a few blankets and the paper that's around the yarn says how it should be washed. Maybe she still has some of the paper's from the yarn. I made a special white blanket for Cora for her blessing day, but she only used it once and I put it away so I've never washed it. Hopefully someone here can help you out! I would be nervous about washing those blankets too.
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My whole family except me! makes these blankets. The yarn paper usually does tell you how to wash them.
However, I've just washed them on cold with the delicate cycle and tumbled dry on low heat and they've been fine every time. I do not use fabric softener as the baby's skin might not like it (at least mine didn't). You can always hang to dry if you're nervous about the dryer.
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Thanks for all of the advice!
I actually forgot about the white blanket "coat" that my mom's friend made for her christening! I have to wash that too!
I am actually afraid to hang them dry, since they might stretch out of shape. My mom really put in a lot of time making them, and I want to make sure that they all keep looking great!
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