The Male Teen Blanket (MTB) is finally crossed off, wow!! it feels good πŸ˜€

I am happy to announce that the experiment came out with beautiful results: 100% acrylic yarn can be soft and “not scratchy” if you wash it with shampoo and conditioner, and I added a little Tide detergent because my poor baby was seriously dirty.

Here is how I did it: I soaked it with a little shampoo (you know, the type you get in hotels πŸ˜€) then I went to the dollar store and bought more shampoo and conditioner. I chose these:

Next, I put it in the washer (it weighed a ton when wet) and pour in half the bottle of shampoo and a little Tide detergent.

Warning: Please wash acrylic yarn in cold water. I have no idea what would happen to MTB if I forgot and wash him in hot water….shudder… But, in the future, I want to experiment washing acrylic yarn in  hot/warm water, with a very tiny project πŸ˜€

Next, I used the Gentle Cycle or permanent press cycle and washed it at medium instead of heavy soil since it was not that dirty, and I used the 2nd Rinse Option, to wash away all traces of detergent, conditioner and shampoo.

I added half a bottle of conditioner and added a little amount of fabric softener I had at home, in the first rinse cycle, I did not add any for the 2nd rinse cycle.

I let it air dry all night and in the morning I put it in the dryer (Permanent Press Cycle) with several sheets of a generic fabric softener I had at home, and VoilΓ‘….It came out really nice smelling, clean and soft and cuddly and warm with very bright colors πŸ˜€

So, YES!!! you can buy cheap/sale yarn and shampoo and condition it and it will be “all you ever wanted in a yarn” soft. This is perfect for big blankets, which can be expensive, especially if you are using the double strand method like I did, for a real sturdy and warm blanket.

So, I am very pleased with the results of the experiment and to finally say adieu to big boy MTB πŸ˜€ I’m going to miss you..

Have a fun summer weekend Friends and Artisans….See You Soon…




  1. Congrats on the finish! Looks great. And great tips, too πŸ™‚ Thank you.

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  2. It looks so lovely and thanks for sharing your washing method, will definitely use this for blankets made with acrylic yarn πŸ™‚

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  3. That’s a beautiful blanket. And great how-to-care tips, Daniella!

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  4. I love it, the colours are great. What a fantastic idea to soften the yarn, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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  5. I used a similar method to soften up a slouchie beanie I made for my daughter. I just soaked it in hair conditioner and water in a bowl over night. I then rinsed it in cold water in the sink. Then washed it in warm water in the washing machine and tumbled it on low heat in the dry for about 15 minutes. It was soft and smelled great.

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  6. Great blanket! Thanks for the tips!

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  7. Lovely blanket!

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  8. Great tips, thanks. And a great blanket too 😊 x

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