Monday, October 22, 2007

My Sweater Shrank!!

Have you ever had a wool sweater that shrank? Well, I made a mistake and put my wool sweater in the regular wash, and as you can guess when it came out it had shrunk two or three sizes. I didn't think there was any hope and was going to give it away when I found the below solution. It worked really well and now my sweater is the correct size once again. :) I hope this is helpful!

Step One:
Mix 2 tbsp. baby shampoo into a sink full of warm water. The shampoo will relax natural fibers like wool. Leave to soak for 15 minutes.

Step Two:
Without rinsing the sweater, take it out of the soapy water and roll it in a towel to remove as much moisture as possible.

Step Three:
Lay the garment out on some towels in a cool place. Stretch the garment out to its original dimensions pulling it into the size and shape you want. Fasten the sweater to the towel using pins, being careful not to snag the sweater. (As shown) The absence of heat from the drying process allows the wool fibres to set in place without locking together and shrinking the garment again.

Step Four:
Return to the sweater every several hours, re-stretching and re-pinning it as necessary, until the sweater is dry.

You will have a good as brand new, fully functional sweater again! :)


Grace said...

I never knew that there was a way to "unshrink" a sweater! That is definitely a very helpful tip:)

BrittLeigh said...

wow, that is an excellent idea!!! Thanks for sharing.... I have several wool sweaters, and I can just see this happening to me, so I'm quite appreciative of the tip. Thanks! ;)

Sara N. Smith said...

Thanks for the tip! That is great to know!

sarah said...

Neat! Now I'll know waht to do in case that happens. :)

Rachel Marie said...

OH MY, that's amazing!!!
I've never heard of that before... wow! Thanks. I've seen a few wool sweaters go thru the shrinking process around here. :D ;)