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03/17/2009 09:20:33 PM · #1
...while washing/drying it. It is now the size of something a toddler would wear. Are there ways to un-shrink wool sweaters?

Message edited by author 2009-03-17 21:21:08.
03/17/2009 09:21:18 PM · #2
there isnt,
03/17/2009 09:21:28 PM · #3
Errr...go on a diet!!!!! LMAO!
03/17/2009 09:22:56 PM · #4
But the good news is that now it's felted and there are so many things you can make with it! :)
03/17/2009 09:26:02 PM · #5
If you have a full-size mannequin, it may be possible to soak the sweater in hot water to loosen the protein cross-links again, then stretch the wet sweater sweater over the mannequin body and let it dry there. But usually, once the wool has curled up, it's almost impossible to stretch out again.
03/17/2009 09:27:34 PM · #6
I did that to my father's hand-knitted sweater from his sister once. The tiny version is sooo cute! :)
03/17/2009 09:31:34 PM · #7
Now you have a pot holder!!! :)
03/17/2009 11:02:03 PM · #8
You need to start having kids, so there will once again be someone in the family for whom it fits.
03/17/2009 11:06:46 PM · #9
The way I see it, you lost one sweater, but gained a very valuable skill. Do not forget how you shrunk it. Early on in my marriage I shrunk some of my wife's favorite things, and I am still forbidden to go anywhere near the laundry! Cost me a shopping trip for her, but 11 laundry-free years later I can tell you it was well worth it!!
03/17/2009 11:08:16 PM · #10
I did that 25yrs ago & she hasn't let me do laundry since....Lol

edit; Patents4u I didn't read all your post...Kinda Sweet...Lol

Message edited by author 2009-03-17 23:11:45.
03/17/2009 11:21:02 PM · #11
At least you have a sweater for your dog when it gets cold out. I feel your pain, I have found out the hard way on wool and the dryer as well, it's amazing how much it shrinks.....
03/17/2009 11:51:20 PM · #12
I haven't tried it but this is supposed to work;

Soak it in a mix of non-soap (synthetic) shampoo for an hour or so, a capful per gallon of water, rinse, then gently stretch to shape and let dry.
Btw, most shampoos are synthetics, so whatever cheap stuff you have.

If you try it, let me know if it works :)
03/17/2009 11:52:10 PM · #13
Originally posted by Patents4u:

The way I see it, you lost one sweater, but gained a very valuable skill. Do not forget how you shrunk it. Early on in my marriage I shrunk some of my wife's favorite things, and I am still forbidden to go anywhere near the laundry! Cost me a shopping trip for her, but 11 laundry-free years later I can tell you it was well worth it!!


My hubby turned his first load pink, I suspect for the same reason.
03/18/2009 06:28:43 AM · #14
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03/18/2009 07:28:00 AM · #15
I swear one of my sisters knew how to control shrinkage. On numerous occasions she borrowed sweaters of mine, would wash them after use, and for some unexplicable reason, they would shrink just enough that they would fit her, but not me.

Ray
03/18/2009 01:42:56 PM · #16
Originally posted by RayEthier:

I swear one of my sisters knew how to control shrinkage. On numerous occasions she borrowed sweaters of mine, would wash them after use, and for some unexplicable reason, they would shrink just enough that they would fit her, but not me.

Ray


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03/18/2009 01:50:38 PM · #17
Originally posted by Patents4u:

The way I see it, you lost one sweater, but gained a very valuable skill. Do not forget how you shrunk it. Early on in my marriage I shrunk some of my wife's favorite things, and I am still forbidden to go anywhere near the laundry! Cost me a shopping trip for her, but 11 laundry-free years later I can tell you it was well worth it!!


Contrary to popular belief...this doesn't always work. My hubby trashed some of my stuff doing laundry early on. He now has to do all his own laundry...none of mine to be included!! :P
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