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Carm 05-14-2008 01:18 PM

washing 100 p.cent cotton??
I've just finished knitting a beautiful sweater with Sirdar 100 p.cent pure cotton. Although the label says not to tumble dry, I would like to know if anyone out there would take a chance and put it in the dryer anyway?? (on low low heat of course). Note: the finished piece is suppose to fit "snuggly" but mine, since I adjusted the pattern to fit my 40 something-sized tummy, it's a bit more loose than I expected. Anyone???

ArtLady1981 05-14-2008 01:29 PM

Nope. Don't tumble dry. Lay it between towels (with no fabric softener), press out the excess water, and lay flat to dry. ;)

If it shrinks up in the dryer, there is no guarantee that the shrinkage will be proportional. It could shrink UP in length, but not in width...or vice versa. It could distort in weird ways, becoming wonky and misshapen.

All that work down the drain. :pout:

knitasha 05-14-2008 02:28 PM

I agree 100% with ArtLady. If the extra width really bothers you, it's not hard to take in the sides a bit just as you would a woven top. Here's a terrific tutorial which I used to save a sweater that was knit gauge but looked to big.

(Hmmm. Why can't I cut-and-paste here? Okay, I'll retype the URL.)

A sewing machine is recommended but it you don't have one you can do the sewing by hand.

cam90066 05-14-2008 02:36 PM

Yep, cotton tends to shrink in length, grow in width...and can skew weird into a pseudo trapezoid...which is why I make my cotton pieces quite narrow. (Altho I DO mach wash/dry my cotton pieces but they're made from recycled yarn.)


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