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.

Grey Lacy Beanie - francenadeau.com

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!

France

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2 thoughts on “The Unfortunate Journey of the Alpaca Wool into the Washing Machine

  1. I think I would have wanted to cry. It takes me a long time to crochet anything. Even the washed version looks nicer than how my stitching turns out. The original was a beauty France!
    The title of your post sounds like a book title, LOL.

    • A lady on G+ mentioned that it once happened to her, but with a sweater. A shrank sweater is worse than a shrank hat. I would have cried in such a case. lol
      I have not seen any of your crochet projects, so I will not give any credit to your comment about it. I’m sure it’s not as bad as you say. 😉
      I also loved the lacy effect on the original. You can be sure that I’ll make an other version. With a washable yarn, though.

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