Not so newbie, but not an advanced knitter, either. I like to buy fun yarns and knit blankets for Project Linus in my area. I sit and knit, I wash, I label, I drop off. usually no issue at all. My kiddos picked out this new-to-me awesome rainbow acrylic yarn from HL. The suggested needle size made the holes much too large for a toddler blanket, so I reduced the needle size from a suggested 19 to 13 (and the loops were still somewhat large, actually). I washed cold cycle, handwash setting, and set the dryer to air fluff. The yarn care instructions said cold wash, tumble dry low, so I thought it would be fine. Welp, what the heck happened? I hope you can see the large pulled loops in the pic. I have never had this happen before! As I said, I am not an advanced knitter by any stretch - I tend to just knit while watching a movie or waiting for kiddo’s practices to be over - simple knit stitch, not even stockinette. I tend to finish about a blanket a week and have used all kinds of yarns and never had this happen after I washed it in preparation for donation (we have a dog and like to make sure there is no dog hair embedded in it.) I use a FurZapper in the washer/dryer to pull out any dog hair, so you think it pulled the loops?
Also, how do I fix this, go through and pull them all to even them out?
Thank you for any help, I so appreciate finding this community!