The Unfortunate Journey of the Alpaca Wool into the Washing Machine

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I have crocheted a grey lacy hat in a 100% alpaca wool. I love the lacy motif and the general look of this beanie. To make it, I followed a pattern made by Yarnspirations. You can find the pattern here.

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Then I made a mistake. I threw the hat into the washing machine. I did not think. I did not read the label.

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This is how the lacy crochet looked when I took it out of the machine:

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My heart may have skipped a beat. All kind of words went through my mind. A few directed at the wool. A few at the machine. A few at myself. After all, I have spent many hours crocheting it. How could I have been so careless?

I put it into a bowl with cold water and let it soak. I try to stretch it back to the original lacy motif. No luck. A few minutes later, I decided that I should check how it looks on my head. Maybe I could salvage it. In front of a mirror I went and placed the hat unto my head (it was very wet). It was not as bad as I thought. A little short, but maybe if I stretch it…. Now it looks like that:

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Definitely not the same look as before, but still wearable. Ouf! I think the yarn is even more softer than before its unfortunate journey. While I was crocheting the beanie, I was thinking of making one or two more of the same pattern in different colors. I certainly will. Not with alpaca wool, though.

I have never made felted wool before. I certainly know how to do it now. I wonder: if I put the hat again in the washing machine, will the wool be even more felted. Should I test it? Just kidding!

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A beanie for my younger son who was in need of a hat for the colder days of fall. Very easy to make, all in double crochets in the back loop. I used yarn that I have previously used (some 6 years ago) to make him a sweater. It was a green sweater with beige stripes. Now that I think of it, I could have taken a picture of this sweater. But I did not think about it. I started to unravel it in April 2014 when I was in need of green yarn to make leaves. I do not remember what kind of yarn it is, but it definitely has some wool in it.

If you wish to make the same beanie, you can find the pattern here, made by Drops Design.

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