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booskibabe
05-21-2007, 10:21 PM
I made a tank out of sugar n cream cotton and it shrank a few inches when I washed it. I ended up knitting down about 3 inches extra from the bottom edge.
Now I'm finishing up a shell using patons grace. It's the sideways knit one from Vogue - the paper chase section. Right now the fit is perfect, but I'm worried that it's going to shrink like sugar n cream did after it's washed.
Does mercerized cotton shrink less than "normal" cotton?

Braden
05-21-2007, 10:25 PM
Did you knit a swatch? IF you did, when you washed it, did it shrink? IF it didn't, than you should be fine. But, if you didn't and you have leftover yarn, knit a small swatch and wash it like you would the sweater and see if it shrinks. If it does, than you should handwash the sweater. Does that help?

booskibabe
05-21-2007, 10:30 PM
Well, I made a swatch but I didn't wash it. Bad me I know. Your idea for knitting and washing my swatch is a good one. I do have extra yarn. :) Has anyone had personal experience with Patons Grace?

suzeeq
05-21-2007, 11:06 PM
That's interesting, I used sugar and cream for a top and it doesn't shrink. That is, it stretches out when I wear it, but goes back after I wash and dry it.

sue

marykz
05-22-2007, 07:24 AM
don't forget- cold water wash!! and lay flat to dry... or if you must, Air dry (no heat) in the dryer.

I agree with testing the swatch before you wash the whole sweater...

I have not had the cotton "shrink" smaller than when I started- but when I wear my favorite cotton sweater, it stretches larger. then when I wash it, the sweater tightens back up to regular size.

good luck!

suzeeq
05-22-2007, 09:51 AM
don't forget- cold water wash!! and lay flat to dry... or if you must, Air dry (no heat) in the dryer.

I agree with testing the swatch before you wash the whole sweater...

I have not had the cotton "shrink" smaller than when I started- but when I wear my favorite cotton sweater, it stretches larger. then when I wash it, the sweater tightens back up to regular size.

good luck!

That's been my experience too, only I use warm water and put mine in the dryer. Don't have a problem.

sue

sara_jayne
05-22-2007, 10:32 AM
Paton's Grace says handwash only on the label so you may not want to wash it. I just finished a blanket using it and plan on handwashing it because I don't want to chance it shrinking at all.

booskibabe
05-22-2007, 06:52 PM
I washed the shirt today on delicate cycle and dried it on low. It didn't dry completely so I laid it flat to finish drying. Final result - no shrinking!! YAY! :muah: Thanks to all who offered help.

marykz
05-22-2007, 07:04 PM
I washed the shirt today on delicate cycle and dried it on low. It didn't dry completely so I laid it flat to finish drying. Final result - no shrinking!! YAY! :muah: Thanks to all who offered help.

Great!!! I'm so glad it worked out. :cheering:

sara_jayne
05-22-2007, 08:29 PM
I'm glad it worked! I took the plunge and washed the blanket I made on the delicate cycle and laid it flat to dry - I'm glad I did because the stitches came out so nicely! Remember to post a picture if you have a chance! :cheering: