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Topic: Can superwash wool be shrunk?  (Read 559 times)
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miamaria
« on: December 10, 2008 05:25:55 AM »

I made a hat from superwash wool. Of course I should have washed a swatch first, but really, who does that for a hat? It fit me perfectly unblocked, but as soon as it touched water it just grew and grew and grew. Now it comes down to my nose, to the great entertainment of my boyfriend. I'm just sad to have ruined the hat.



It could be because of the lace pattern, but I don't think that's all, because I've blocked lace before without seeing anything this dramatic. Is there any way to shrink it back to its original state? Will it be better once it dries completely (it's still a little damp)...or should I try putting it in the dryer? And is this normal behavior for superwash yarn?
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soozeq
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2008 08:46:10 AM »

Super wash shouldn't really be blocked. Just put it back in the wash and then into the dryer. Not sure if that'll help it, but when something is machine washable, it's supposed to be machine dried too, or it stretches. It's not ruined if it doesn't go back to the original size; you can undo it about halfway and make it a little shorter.
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miamaria
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2008 09:40:57 AM »

Thanks for the tips, that's a great suggestion about undoing it partway. I'm going to try the dryer first, though!

Edit: Drying it did the trick and it's back to a nice, wearable size without the gaping holes. Yay!
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