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Topic: Can you felt a sweater *just a little bit* to make it fit better?  (Read 2112 times)
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« on: November 25, 2003 06:20:57 AM »

I completed a Philospher's Wool Sweater (100% wool) a month or so ago, but it hasn't got much wear. It's far too big for me and even for my husband. Is it possible to felt a sweater *just a little bit* to improve the fit? I'd be looking to shrink it 1-2 inches overall. The cuffs and neck are loose enough that I think I wouldn't have problems with it fitting afterwards, as long as I kept the shrinkage to a few inches. What's the best way to acheive some slight shrinkage?
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2003 08:07:48 AM »

if you have any of the yarn left, i would knit up a swatch and felt that in very small increments and see what the rate of shrinkage is and how the fabric ends up looking. it would be a travesty if you tried to felt the sweater and it got too small! as painful as it would be, it would probably be better to salvage the yarn and knit the sweater again to fit better than to end up with something nobody can wear!
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2003 08:24:34 AM »

I think trying the swatch first is a great idea. My only advice is that if you do decide to felt that you really monitor the progress closely. Sometimes it goes faster than others!
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2003 05:47:28 AM »

I just felted/shrunk a sweater of mine.  It turned out really really well.  

If you have nothing to lose, go for it.  It doesn't fit you now, right?

BTW, I didn't mean to shrink my sweater.  I forgot that it was in the bin and I washed it.  It was way too big and now it is perfect.  Lucky I guess, but I now have more faith in felting.
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2004 08:51:08 AM »

I was inspired by a thread elsewhere on the site to felt a sweater. Last night I felted/shrank a 3x cashmere sweater down to a l/xl. I inherited the sweater from my mom. The sweater was HUGE on me, but wonderfully soft, so I couldn't bear to part with it. I planned to felt it and then use it as fabric to make a tote bag or something since it has a fun argyle pattern, but magically, it came out the perfect size for me to wear! Very much a happy accident! Grin

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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2004 03:16:23 PM »

I agree that you should felt a swatch first if you can.  Make sure to measure how much it shrinks both horizontally and vertically.  Most of my felting projects shrink more vertically than they do horizontally.  You might get an oddly propotioned sweater if you aren't careful!
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2004 06:43:22 PM »

I would recommend not to do this in the machine, as you may get tight around the body but the arms stay long (this has happened by accident to many of my sweaters) (wah).  However, you can spot-felt by putting the parts of the sweater you want felted more in hot water and agitating by hand.  I did this for a purse that wasn't felting at the same rate and I got it to felt up just right.
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