How do I Soften Dale of Norway Heilo Wool?

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How do I Soften Dale of Norway Heilo Wool?
Heilo wool is often used for Fair Isle designs. (snowflake ski sweater image by robert mobley from

Heilo is a sport-weight wool yarn from Dale of Norway. It comes in a myriad of colours which makes it popular for the colour work techniques like Fair Isle. It is 100 per cent wool and the finished items can be a little stiff. If washing the finished item does not relax and soften the wool, try using hair conditioner.

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Things you need

  • Basin or sink big enough to hold the item
  • Hair conditioner
  • Finished knitted or crocheted item
  • Clean towels

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  1. 1

    Fill the basin with lukewarm water.

  2. 2

    Add a squirt of hair conditioner to the water and swish it around.

  3. 3

    Add the finished item to the basin, and gently press down to completely submerge it the water. Let it soak for a few minutes. Do not agitate the water or move the item around as this may cause felting.

  4. 4

    Gather the item up, making sure that nothing is dragging, and lift it out of the water.

  5. 5

    Press out some of the excess water out of the item and lay it on the clean towels.

  6. 6

    Roll the item in the towels, gently pressing to remove excess water.

  7. 7

    Lay the item out flat to dry.

Tips and warnings

  • If the item needs to be cleaned, do that first, and then use conditioner in the rinse water.
  • Choose a simple conditioner for normal hair, and avoid words like "volumizer" or "heat damaged" as these may leave a residue.

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