How can you fix a wool sweater that shrunk? Or can you?
I don't think you can stretch it back out, unless it shrank just a tiny bit. Hot water "felts" wool. About all you can do is give it to someone smaller. you could felt it down more by putting it in a hot wash load with a few other things. Then you have a thick fabric, and can cut out pot holders, or something like that. Sorry!
I overheard some ladies talking at the doctors office and they were reading a magazine and it was talking about shrunken sweaters. The article said to take the sweater and soak it in fabric softener for an hour and then rinse and lay out flat.
Not having done this personally I have no idea if it would work or not.
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Help I just washed several sweaters in cold water and now they look like they belong to a small child. Does anyone know how to get them back to their original size?
Michelle from PA
This is the most amazing thing and it actually works to fix a sweater that you have accidentally shrunk with hot water in the washing machine. Fill a pasta pot 3/4 of the way full of water and add 16 oz. or one medium size bottle of white vinegar. Bring these two to a boil; they smell terrible. Wet the sweater in any temperature water and then drop the sweater into the pot. Turn the heat down and simmer for 20 minutes. Dump all the liquid and the sweater into the sink and let the water drain out. Now cover the sweater with cold water and you will be amazed to see that it has returned to its regular size. Hope it helps. (01/18/2005)
By L. Honeywl