Softening Yarn and Free Newborn Cardigan Crochet Pattern

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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!

Crocheted Newborn Cardigan and Softening 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!

Crocheted Newborn Cardigan and Softening Yarn

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!

Softening Yarn


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.

Crocheted Newborn Cardigan and Softening Yarn

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.

Crocheted Newborn Cardigan and Softening Yarn

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!

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I can’t find the pattern! I’ve clicked the attached link but it says page can’t be found. Any one have it?

Your cardigan looks so cozy. Thank you for sharing this. I found Kelly's pattern und have to crochet. The result is shown on my blog. I would be pleased you take a visit 😉

It's darling! It is wild how you forget how tiny everything is.

Adorable! I need to pin this, gonna try it! Thanks for sharing.

Good job!!

Adorable sweater!
I had read this technique but haven't tried it yet. I did try washing and drying the whole skein. It softened the yarn somewhat but not as much as I had hoped. I am going to try this method next. Thanks for sharing.

Very lovely!


I gotta learn it… really.

Ohhhh! How cute!! I love it!!