When your sweater has shrunk more than a size or two, you might as well cut off the arms and use it to keep Fluffy warm next winter. But if your sweater has become just a bit too snug, try these steps to return it to its original size.
- Mix 2 tablespoons baby shampoo into a sink full of warm water. The shampoo will relax natural fibers like wool.
- Soak the sweater in the shampoo-and-water mixture for 15 minutes.
- Without rinsing the sweater, take it out of the soapy water and roll it in a towel to remove as much moisture as possible.
- Spread the sweater onto a large corkboard, pulling it into the size and shape you want.
- Fasten the sweater to the corkboard using pins, being careful not to snag the sweater.
- Return to the sweater every several hours, restretching and repinning it as necessary, until the sweater is dry.
To avoid shrinkage in the first place, don't machine-wash your sweater unless the label specifically says you can. Even if you use cold water, the agitation may cause the sweater to shrink.