(Closed) Whoops…just shrunk a cardigan! Anybody have any remedies?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I usually wash in cold water, then do not put in the dryer. Stretch if needed and let it lay flat to dry or hang on a hanger (if you have the ones that won’t leave bumps on the shoulders)

Post # 4
46402 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Here are a couple of methods:



My mom used to soak the sweater in cool water with salt added. I will see if I can find info on that method.

ETA here it is:

Dissolve two cups of non-iodized salt in enough hot water to cover the garment. Let cool, and leave the sweater to soak in it for three hours. Wash it in mild suds, rinse three times, roll the sweater in towels, then reshape and let dry.


Post # 5
5296 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

this is so dumb, but I had a little sweater coat thing that this happened to one time. I took my heaviest pair of shoes, hung the sweater through the hanger (like you would a pair of pants) and tied one shoe to each sleeve (the whole sweater was somewhat ‘holey’, not sure of the right descrption) and left it like that for a couple days. It seemed to work pretty well at stretching it back out.

Probably not the best idea ever…..but that’s how I operate 😛

Post # 6
1363 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Give it to a child as a gift? 😉

Post # 7
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

What is it made of?  I did this with a wool sweater – even though I washed on gentle and hung it to dry – that think was TINY.  So sad.  If it’s wool, nothing will work.

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