Once you have finished all the knitting,
you may want to iron (or press, I call it ironing) the pieces of the
garment. Unless the instructions stipulate that the pieces mustnít
be ironed, itís better to iron before you do the joining. Sleeves,
for instance, are best ironed before they are joined. Unless they
are very wide or you have a tiny iron or a sleeveboard, itís hard to
avoid creases when you iron finished sleeves.
I have owned many different irons and after dealing with thousands
of garments, I have found that metal is the best iron surface when
working with yarn. All the wonderful variations available may be
terrific for fabrics, but can be a problem when used on knitting.
Depending on the composition of the yarn, you could have a disaster
if the fibres melt and stick onto the bottom of the iron. From
experience, I have found that only metal can be cleaned effectively
if this happens.
First of all, you must never iron a garment until you are sure that
the yarn will not be affected. Some yarns have a symbol on the ball
band that indicates that the yarn cannot be ironed. You should
believe the warning, but often that warning is there because
instructions would be complicated, and the yarn company doesnít want
to take responsibility for careless knitters.
Here again are the basic ironing symbols:
|| Do not iron
|| Cool iron
|| Medium iron
|| Hot iron
Many fibres flatten, shrink, stretch or set
into a hard lump if ironed. Sometimes a cool iron may not damage
your precious work, but yarn companies avoid the risk rather than
expect that all knitters will follow instructions properly. That is
why there is a warning on the ball band [pic 1,2,3,4].
This yarn looked so robust that the ironing
warning was a surprise.
100% nylon. Enough said!
touch of an iron, and the metallic looking polyester would melt!
4: This yarn could end up flat if
ironed, so believe the warning. Looking at the composition, itís
best not to try.
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