How to Unshrink Your Wool and Cashmere Jumpers

There is nothing worse than seeing one of your jumpers, bungled in with the rest of the washing and so shrunken your dog might be able to fit into it.

Well-made natural knitwear is an investment, a luxury you can keep season to season, so what do you do when, after going to all the trouble of looking after your jumpers through the summer months, someone ruins your knitwear? (That someone was probably anyone but you right…?)

Cashmere Jumper

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Here is our step by step guide to help you try and rescue your beloved wool jumper….

  •  Grab some gentle wool wash like Woolite, (or you could even use some hair conditioner or baby shampoo) and a bowl of lukewarm water. Using a couple of capfuls or around 1/3 of a cup and fill up the bowl.
  • The shrunken jumper’s fibres have hardened and knotted in on itself. By placing the jumper in the soapy water, the solution will relax the fibres. Leave it to soak for 10 -15 minutes.
  • Once the time is up, drain the water but do not rinse the jumper with clean water. This bit is key to successfully unshrinking your wool jumper.

Wool Jumper

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  • Lay the jumper down onto a flat surface on top of a towel. Roll the garment within the towel to soak up more of the water. This should leave you with a damp rather than wet jumper.
  • Start gently stretching the jumper back out to the desired size and shape.
  • Grab yourself a fresh towel and lay the item on top to dry flat.


These steps cannot guarantee that your jumper can come back to its previous glory, but it most likely will…

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