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Handwashing sweater experiences

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I handwashed a made in scotland BB saxxon wool sweater yesterday and all is fine except that the elastic bands on the cuffs and waistband lost their elasticity. I handwashed a Colombo cashmere sweater but that turned out great. Why did the BB wool sweater fail?
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Originally Posted by justsayno View Post
I handwashed a Colombo cashmere sweater but that turned out great. Why did the BB wool sweater fail?
Clearly, YOU NEED TO BUY MORE COLOMBO SWEATERS!!!!!!
post #3 of 7
Also, it is probably more romantic if you handwash your sweaters with someone else.

- B
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I'm not sure what the fuss about hand washing is. I've machine washed all my cashmere sweaters in fabric garment bags on the gentle cycle with cold water and they don't pill or stretch.
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Was the OP's sweater old? I've never heard of lost elasticity on a new one.
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Originally Posted by holymadness View Post
I'm not sure what the fuss about hand washing is. I've machine washed all my cashmere sweaters in fabric garment bags on the gentle cycle with cold water and they don't pill or stretch.
My washer has a 'delicates' cycle but uses warm water. Warm water = shrinkage. Best everyone check their washer settings before proceeding with this.
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Originally Posted by justsayno View Post
except that the elastic bands on the cuffs and waistband lost their elasticity.
When blocking (laying flat and shaping to dry) the sweater you need to manipulate the waist/wrist bands back to their original shape.
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Originally Posted by holymadness View Post
I'm not sure what the fuss about hand washing is. I've machine washed all my cashmere sweaters in fabric garment bags on the gentle cycle with cold water and they don't pill or stretch.

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Originally Posted by Tomasso View Post
When blocking (laying flat and shaping to dry) the sweater you need to manipulate the waist/wrist bands back to their original shape.

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