Relax. It is possible to unshrink and resize a sweater that someone (not you, of course) popped into the dryer.
And pretty much all you'll need to do is help your sweater's fibers relax, too, with a little laundry help from baby shampoo worked gently into the fibers during a hand washing.
Here are the 5 easy steps to unshrinking your sweater:
Start by soaking the sweater in a sink full of warm water and about two tablespoons baby shampoo. Machine laundry detergent is to harsh for this delicate job.
About 15 minutes should allow enough time for the shampoo to relax the fibers enough so that you may begin the letting-out process.
Remove the sweater from the soapy water, then rinse it in cool water to remove the shampoo from the fabric. Gently press the soapy suds out of the fabric. Then lightly squeeze - don't wring - as much of the remaining moisture out of the sweater as you can.
Follow your rinse and squeezing by a rolling of the sweater in a clean, dry towel.
Pin the sweater to a cork board, stretching neck, arms, and sides as taut as possible without tearing or damaging the fibers.
Return to re-stretch and re-pin your sweater every few hours. It will take several stretching and re-pinning sessions to return the sweater to its original size.
But if you adore that angora (or wool, cotton, silk, or cashmere) sweater, you'll be delighted with the results and glad you took the time to pin, pin, and pin again.
About the Author
Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.