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  1. #1
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    Jan. 28, 2003
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    Default Can you unshrink wool sweaters?

    I have washed these sweaters a bunch and hung them to dry, I guess it is so cold now that there was too much dry heat in the house?
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  2. #2
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    Apr. 14, 2001


    Well, I thought not and went to look for a page that explains what happens to wool fibers when they shrink, but found this instead:

    I guess you can unshrink wool!

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  3. #3
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    Dec. 31, 2000
    El Paso, TX


    Years ago when I was married to my first husband, I washed a sweater of his, and put it in the dryer...when I pulled it out of the dryer it was about 12 inches long and 18 inches wide. I freaked out and washed it again and hung it in the shower to dry. When I opened the shower curtain the next day, it was about 4 feet long and 12 inches wide! So I washed it again and then laid it flat to dry. It came out normal and he was never the wiser...I was like a one man SNL episode...
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  4. #4
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    Jan. 26, 2006
    Fort Worth, Texas


    damn, and we have rain in the summer I have been throwing away all those sheep needlessly

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  5. #5
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    Feb. 16, 2003
    MI USA


    I have tried the pulling and stretching idea on shrunken wool items, have not been fully successful in regaining the original sizes.

    We have done the "shrink on purpose" thing with knitted mittens, so they "felt up" with the wool interlocking tightly for a much warmer mitten to wear. You do make them a couple sizes larger to start with, before throwing them into hot water and running thru the machine. Of course you ONLY use the machine until mittens are the right size. All washing of mittens later, is done in cold water by hand.

    The sheep washed in rain should NOT shrink, that is cold water and no agitation, in most cases! Ha Ha

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb. 18, 2001
    New York, NY


    I've used the method Simkie posted. Of course, if you can still put the sweater on, I've found that just wearing it around the house for an afternoon helps a lot.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May. 4, 2003


    That iS funny Jetsmon.

    I've bought from the Sally Ann a wool blanket to use as a cooler for my horse.
    It was Queen size. When I eventually had to wash it it shrunk, and next it shrunk so much it was not usable as a cooler, so itwent down as a dog bed. Eventually, that Queen size blanket became something about4' square, and very felted.
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