How best to shrink a cashmere sweater?
January 27, 2013 9:15 AM Subscribe
Spouse has a couple of 100% cashmere sweaters that are a little baggy on him all over--arms too long, too wide in torso, etc. As they are now, he won't wear them, which just seems to be a crime. They are so soft and wonderful! So, I want to try and shrink them. Any tips for how best to accomplish this? Wash in cold water, put in dryer on medium heat? Wash in warm or hot water, then dry flat? Please advise...
posted by msbubbaclees to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (20 answers total)
I mean, people do this by accident all the time, right?
One sweater has a polo-style collar with 3-buttons, the other has a half zip neckline. I suspect this may effect how the overall shrinking works (or doesn't work), but I still want to try. Since he doesn't wear these now, I don't see the harm in trying. These aren't new, so they can't be returned to the store, and we don't have any male relatives or close friends who would enjoy them as-is, so I'm pretty set on a trying to shrink them unless it seems impossible for it to work.
In addition to ideas for an effective shrinking strategy, any tips on maintaining the nice feel/texture of the sweaters through the process are also welcome.