Cotton Blanket

I am about finished with a cotton blanket I've been working on. I intend to give it as a gift and I have a question about washing it. It's lace so I need to block it. Should I just wash it by hand and block it out like wool? Since it is machine washable, I wondered if I should wash it and dry it in the machine before I give it away so that it will shrink (if it's going to shrink)?

I don't know if I can ever do a blanket in cotton again. It kills my hands!


ronhuber's picture

I don't knit a lot with cotton either. However, I would think that if you wash it by hand, soak it in some nice softener, and block it, the blanket will be lovely and soft and ready to give away. If they want to ruin it after they receive it that will be their problem. I can't imagine throwing a hand knit article in a washer or dryer.

MMario's picture

if it's machine washable, it shouldn't shrink.. I would comprimise and wash it, but spread it out flat to dry = "pushing" it out from the center by hand to open it as much as possible. Cotton doesn't "grow" as much as wool in blocking anyway.

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Bill's picture

"if it's machine washable, it shouldn't shrink"
...not true...cotton shrinks..unless it's "preshrunk"...
my cotton baby blanket shrank 6 inches...

RickMartin's picture

My experience with cotton is to wash it (on gentle cycle), let it spin in the washer, then dry it until just damp then block. Seems to work fine. If it is 100% cotton my experience is that the weight of it will cause it to grow some. So, even if it shrinks some (think washing a brand new t-shirt), if you let it get damp again there should be no problem.

How's that for as many different ideas as there are guys responding??