You must have seen them, those fluffy voluptuous bed decks and scarfs! We all love them and there is plenty of inspiration around. Please follow our Pinterest board, or for example see this video for more inspiration how to make this product.
In this article we want to give some tips about knitting and crocheting with the super soft Merino XXL Big Wool
Our super soft Merino XXL Big Wool is a non-spun and twisted wool. The hairs are combed in only one direction. This makes it a nice soft and voluminous yarn, but it is a bit weak because you can easily pull it apart. That is due to the since this product was and is still very much used for felting, in which you always draw small tufts to lay a beautiful layer and then felt, precisely the intention.
However, with the XXL Big Wool you can also knit or crochet thickly. You must also take into account the properties of this wool. You can not pull too hard, then the fuse breaks. This happens especially if you are already a bit further with the work. The weight of your knitted or crocheted fabric can then ensure that the string can break more easily.
Yet it happened…
No worries, a break is fortunately not bad. You can easily put the two pieces of the strings together again. Simply wind the wool a little at both ends, lay the ends together and roll them back together loosely between the hands. Then carefully knit or crochet. The string will regain its strength and the “repair” will not stand out.
Occasionally there are also weaker places in the string. Wool is a natural product that can not always be combed 100% regularly. There are always slight variations in thickness during combing. That is inherent to the material and it is certainly not a production error. But as mentioned, a break can easily be repaired.
Can I wash XXL knit?
Washing of wool rowing products without giving it a proper thought is not recommended. The wool can loese its airiness and softness and it can go pills and fluff.
Wool has a high self-cleaning capacity because it naturally contains lanolin (wool grease). This makes it dirt repellent. Having your knitwear aired outside on the line, preferably on a freezing cold morning, is usually sufficient.
However, if you still need washing, keep the following in mind. You can have your super-thick knit fabric cleaned at the dry cleaning. Or you can wash it by hand with a soft wool detergent such as Eucalan. Immerse the wool completely in cold to lukewarm water. Press gently until the wool is wet through and through. But beware: move the wool as little as possible, otherwise you run the risk that he will felting. You do not want that! Also avoid sudden temperature changes; that too can lead to felting.
Washing in the machine is not recommended. You then have little insight into the progress during washing. Use at least a washing program for delicate wool fabrics and a suitable detergent.
Allow the washed knit to dry horizontally. If you hang it up, it will deform by its own weight. Press the water out of the wool, do not wring! Lay it out to dry on a towel on a horizontal drying rack.
Piling and Fluff
Wool is only carded and combed, not spun or twisted. As a result, it can lose pills, lint or hair. You can limit this by knitting a little tighter. But not too tight of course, because then the nice flyffy effect will be lost.
For objects that are used intensively, we recommend the use of fleece wool. This beautiful material is more suitable for creating decorative objects. It looks great on Instagram and Pinterest, but wool should be treated very carefully to keep it that way.
Enjoy working with this amazing, versatile material!
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