How to shrink a cashmere sweater

Written by angela powell watson
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How to shrink a cashmere sweater

Cashmere is a beautiful and delicate fabric that requires special care. Re-sizing delicate cashmere clothing can be challenging. The only reliable way to shrink most clothing is by exposing it to high water temperatures in a washing machine and intense heat in a clothes dryer. However, this may compromise the structure of cashmere, distorting the garment's shape and cause it to pill. Consider the risk carefully before attempting to shrink a cashmere sweater.

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Things you need

  • Sink of warm water
  • Baby shampoo (optional)
  • Towel
  • Clothes dryer

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  1. 1

    Fill a sink or bucket with warm water. If you wish to also clean the sweater, pour a cap full of baby shampoo into the water and swirl it around until it is fully dissolved.

  2. 2

    Immerse the sweater in the water and let it sit for around ten minutes. This will allow the fibres to become fully saturated.

  3. 3

    Remove the garment from the sink and use a towel to absorb excess water. Do not wring or twist the sweater, as this may cause it to become misshapen.

  4. 4

    Place the sweater in a clothes dryer and select a permanent press setting.

  5. 5

    Allow the sweater to dry fully in the dryer. Then try it on. If the sweater is still too large, put it back in the dryer on a high heat setting for several more minutes.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are hesitant to risk damaging your sweater, consult a professional tailor or dry cleaner to see if alteration is an option.
  • After shrinking your cashmere sweater, avoid exposing it to warm water or high heat to avoid damage to the fabric.

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