Have you run the wool approved cycle to see what it does? Maybe it would be OK for some things. You could try something you intended to felt anyhow in it. Front loaders don't agitate the way top loaders do, they are so much gentler on the clothes. I miss the one I used to have.
This is the last time I'm frogging this project for the last time.
Great info from one and all! I appreciate the multitude of opinions and methods of washing our knitted items.
That said, the only thing I would ever put in the washer (gently cycle) would be something I just simply cannot hand wash. Something huge, like a hand-knitted wool blanket or afghan. Great tips from our mods and members!
I also wait for hot weather to hand wash any of my hand knit garments. The lay-flat-to-dry part is almost complete in one hot afternoon.