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Washing 100% wool, handknitted jumpers

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by Louis Forde, Aug 23, 2016.

  1. Louis Forde

    Louis Forde Member

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    Hi,

    I was wondering if someone could give me a bit of advice.

    I have a number of hand knitted, wool jumpers which could really do with a wash. I was wondering the best way to do this. A relative cautioned me against using a dry cleaners as they could end up shrinking them. Instead, she suggested hand washing or potentially putting them through the washing machine on a slow and cold wash.

    Before I go through with either of these options, I wanted to get a second opinion!

    Best,

    Lforde04
     
  2. wojt

    wojt Well-Known Member

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    [VIDEO][/VIDEO]

    I do almost exactly this(i use washing bowl instead of sink) and i'm pleased with the result.
     
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2016
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  3. Astaroth

    Astaroth Well-Known Member

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    Dry cleanings use very harsh chemicals that causes lots of damage to clothes and only should be used as little as possible and as a last resort. I am always confused by people who seem to claim they get their shirts dry cleaned after every wear - though stores offering dry cleaning services often also offer a wash/press service that uses a normal washing machine so don;t know if these people dont know what they are buying or not.

    As to knitted jumper, either hand wash it or use the Wool setting on your washing machine and dry it flat (not hanging) away from heat sources. When you are laying it flat to dry its good to pull it gently into shape to remove the small amount of shrinking thats probably happened in the wash.
     
  4. albertcross

    albertcross Member

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    If you have any shrinkage problems buy the american product called Unshrinkit. It seems to work well.
     
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2016
  5. double00

    double00 Well-Known Member

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    very nice vid. i hand wash my wool sweaters (or jumpers for our friends across the pond) when needed.

    i will add a comment: it can be helpful to take some quick n dirty measurements before you begin the process. after you roll your shit in a towel to get excess water out and lay it out flat on a dry towel to finish drying, check your measurements. wool is very gracious in that you can block it out to a degree so you can ensure the finished dimensions.
     

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