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Old 11-03-2012, 07:06 PM   #1
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Can I fix a stretched sweater
I finished a sweater made from washable wool and put it in the washing machine on gentle. I didn't think it would stretch, but it did. It's a cardigan so the body doesn't matter so much but the sleeves are too long. Is there anything I can do besides unknitting and reknitting the sleeves?

How am I supposed to wash washable wool? I really thought I could do this!
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:41 PM   #2
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Superwash/washable wool usually stretches when wet, and when you put it in the dryer it will go back to its knit size. So rewet it and dry it in the dry.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:09 PM   #3
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Thank you! I didn't realize it could go in the dryer.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:28 PM   #4
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Yes, washable means 'able to be laundered like regular clothing'.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:08 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by joniand View Post
Thank you! I didn't realize it could go in the dryer.
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What are the washing/drying instructions that came with your yarn? I have some yarn with wool in it that says to machine wash but not put in the dryer.
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Check the ballband on the yarn you used for washing and drying directions. Some do recommend drying flat.
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They may say to dry flat, but if it stretches out when wet, it needs to be machine dried anyway.
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
They may say to dry flat, but if it stretches out when wet, it needs to be machine dried anyway.
This makes sense to me. I'm not experienced with wool, I have never used it much for anything...too many people around me are allergic....so this seems like a good opportunity to ask. Is shrinkage the only concern when putting wool, or at least washable wool, in the dryer?
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I haven't used washable wool yet except the acrylic wool blends. But having read a lot of ravelry threads about it, it only shrinks back to the knit size, not smaller. I find cotton the same - it stretches when being worn, but wash and dry will take it back to its finished measurements. For cotton I only leave it in until damp and finish drying flat, but for superwash you can leave it in a medium dryer until it's dry.
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I've used washable wool for socks and never had them shrink smaller than what they should in the dryer. I usually air dry them though and they don't stretch. Socks are generally knit tighter to make them last longer though so your gauge may make a difference.
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