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Old 03-02-2012, 12:51 PM   #1
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Knitting soakers - superwash vs. not

Anyone know whether it matters if a wool is superwash or not when making soakers? I thought that you'd need it to felt a bit to make it extra water repellent, but I see that they sell superwash wool pull on soakers commercially. Do you just want to knit at a tight gauge?

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I knit mine with non super wash and have had no issues in the past. I believe super wash will not felt nor is it as waterproof because lanolin doesn't take to it.

I'd go with regular wool yarn and knit at the recommended gauge and it should be fine.
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Re: Knitting soakers - superwash vs. not

I've heard not to use superwash wool... doesn't work very well for soakers...
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Re: Knitting soakers - superwash vs. not

Okay... Plain old malabrigo worsted it is!
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Yea superwash isn't good for cloth diapering

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Okay... Plain old malabrigo worsted it is!
I love malabrigo worsted, super squishy soft!
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Re: Knitting soakers - superwash vs. not

Superwash isn't as good at holding lanolin, but some mamas use it successfullnonetheless, perhaps as a dayytime wool. But non superwash would definitely be more bulletproof.

Where are you seeing superwash commercial soakers? Do you mean machine washable wool interlock or flannel? Those aren't superwash, but just pre-felted so that they won't shrink much more, as long as you wash it gentle cycle.
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Re: Knitting soakers - superwash vs. not

If you are using the soaker as a diaper cover, do NOT use Superwash. There is no need to felt it.

If the soaker is just a diaper cover, go ahead and use Superwash.
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