How to Fix a Sweater That Has Shrunk

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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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Pins
  • Towel
  • Baby Shampoo
  • Large Corkboard

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  1. 1

    Mix 2 tbsp. baby shampoo into a sink full of warm water. The shampoo will relax natural fibers like wool.

  2. 2

    Soak the sweater in the shampoo-and-water mixture for 15 minutes.

  3. 3

    Without rinsing the sweater, take it out of the soapy water and roll it in a towel to remove as much moisture as possible.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    Return to the sweater every several hours, restretching and repinning it as necessary, until the sweater is dry.

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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