Asked on Dec 16, 2019

Is there a way to repair a shrunken wool sweater?

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How to fix my wool sweater that's shrink after I wash it in the washing machine

7 answers
  • Tinyshoes
    on Dec 16, 2019

    Evelyn....So sorry..guess it was by mistake...I did the same thing once and unfortunately I knew nothing to do and gave it away. Hope someone else can give you some help!

  • Janice
    on Dec 16, 2019

    Hi Debbie, place it in a sink full of water and ensure it is well covered, squeeze as much of the water out of the sweater (DO NOT WRING). Place a large towel on a counter and use another sweater that fits you as a guide to begin stretching the shrunk sweater to the appropriate size. Keep working to stretch the sweater to the size needed and pin the sweater in a few areas to the towel until it air dries.

    • Try your best!.
      Try your best!.
      on Dec 17, 2019

      Wow!. I did not no this an have binned so meny fav jumpers because my hubbie shrunk them...very helpful indeed

      Thank you :)

  • Redcatcec
    on Dec 16, 2019

    Hi Evelyn,

    It looks like the fibers in your wool sweater are changed to something resembling a tightened new texture, resulting in shrinkage. If you try the above suggestions to remedy this, you will probably have some luck, hopefully so.

    When this happened to me I was so disappointed and ended up giving the beautiful shrunken sweater to my granddaughter, I could admire it that way.

    Best to you.

    • Try your best!.
      Try your best!.
      on Dec 17, 2019

      I gave mine to my neice lol...never knew the about the above comment.I learn each day on hometalk :) merry christmas

  • Toni @ Girl, Just DIY!
    Toni @ Girl, Just DIY!
    on Dec 18, 2019

    Sadly I don't think there is any fix for that since the actual fibers in the yarn strand retract.

  • Lifestyles Homes
    Lifestyles Homes
    on Dec 18, 2019

    As long as it did not get heat dried, yes re-wet and gently stretch and block it.

  • Sharon
    on Dec 22, 2019

    When you put a wool sweater in hotter water and agitate it, it felts which can't be reversed. Now if it didn't felt, then you can re-wet, and stretch it and let dry naturally in the tub.

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