It takes a lot of work and time to create a crocheted project, and it’s obvious that the crocheter wants the result of their work not to lose its attractive look. Crocheted items will remain even and neat, and won’t lose their regular shape if starch is applied.
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Before you proceed to starching, you’ll need to decide how the process will be performed. To preserve the shape of the product, use a sugar or starch-based solution. Here are the rules for performing both methods.
To make a sugar solution, take 3 tablespoons of table sugar and a glass of water.
To prepare a starch solution, you’ll need 1 tablespoon of starch and 1 liter of water.
For both sugar and starch solutions, the process is carried out the same way:
- Dissolve sugar or starch in water.
- Put the well-stirred solution on a slow fire and wait for it to boil.
- Remove the boiled liquid from the stove, and leave it to cool.
- When the solution becomes warm, and it stops burning the skin of the hands, immerse the crocheted product in it so that it’s completely covered in water.
- Leave for 8-10 minutes. Take out the starched item, and gently wring it out.
Drying after starching
You should be careful when drying starched items. A towel should be placed under the crocheted product laid out on a flat horizontal surface. If the edges of the item are decorated with openwork patterns, then it is advisable to pin them. Otherwise, the drying edges may curl.
If someone spilled water on the starched item, or it had to be washed, then the starch treatment process will have to be repeated. The product should not be ironed until completely dry, otherwise, it may turn yellow, giving the impression of being worn out and old.