Learn about softening yarn that makes it more comfortable to wear and use it with a free crochet pattern for a newborn cardigan.
I’ve been crocheting a lot lately; the cold weather totally gets me in the yarn mood. I found a free newborn cardigan crochet pattern and thought I’d try it out. I really love using and trying out free crochet patterns!
(If you want to try making one, I would suggest reading another version of the same pattern here. It explains the button area better.) It came together surprisingly fast and didn’t use that much yarn!
For size comparison this is the cardigan compared to my hand. It’s so tiny and cute. I always forget how big newborns are until I look at newborn clothes!
I know my baby might grow out of it quickly, but my first kid stayed small for at least a month. I have a risk of delivering early this time so the baby might be extra tiny. We’ll just have to see!
The brown yarn I had it my stash, and I don’t even remember where I got it. It’s definitely a rough polyester or blend of some sort. I read a bunch of tutorials online about making yarn soft and decided to try it out. I was pretty skeptical, but this method worked really well!
Crochet and finish item.
Wet and shampoo item.
Saturate item in conditioner and let sit in cold water for an hour.
Wash item like you normally would. I washed mine warm, delicate, with homemade laundry soap.
I let my item air dry because we don’t have a dryer. The tutorials said to dry with a dryer sheet, but after mine air-dried it was surprisingly soft.
I added a really soft white yarn to the edges just in case since that was the part that would rub against my babies skin.
Then I added some plastic buttons that look like wood. It gives it the perfect handmade touch. I love that it can be used for my girl and then any boys I might still have.
If you will be softening yarn using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!