Yeah - the V05 did work, taking away alot of the 'scratchiness' from the yarn and leaving it feeling much softer.
There weren't too many V05 conditioners on sale at my local Tesco store but the one I bought was V05 Perfect Lengths for mid to long hair
OK - so I soaked the cardigan in tepid water for about five minutes and followed the instructions in the link
Got out most of the water without wringing the cardigan too much and re-filled the bowl with same temperature water.
So far, so good - but please don't do what I did next- measured out two dessertspoons of conditioner and just dropped it into the bowl.
Ten minutes later, I was frantically wondering where I'd put my old egg whisk. I didn't know whether I was mixing pastry or wallpaper paste, couldn't believe how the conditioner had gone so lumpy in the water.
Next time, I'll half fill a screw top jar with warm water, add the conditioner, replace the top and shake it until most of the lumps have dissolved.
I rolled the cardigan up in towels and squeezed out most of the water - (and just how I did that is no-one's business)
and then let it dry on an outdoor airer for a couple of days and it is much much softer.
That airer is simply wonderful and I've never seen one for sale in the UK; it was a brilliant present from Momwolf (thanks a ton, Julie).
The only downside is that I don't like particularly strong smells, so I kept it on the airer until all the niff of conditioner had gone.
I checked the label on the conditioner to see if it had any silicone in it and it hasn't.
Another conditioner that might work is the one I usually use, Herbal Essences fruit fusions - coconut and hawaiian hibiscus - that doesn't seem to have any silicone in either.
I have used Dove conditioner in the past, which is fantastic if your hair is damaged/dry but you really have to rinse it out very well or your hair will feel sticky.
Anyway, I hope it works for you.