Wool sweaters can stretch and get out of their original shape more easily than we’d like. A thrift store find can be made to fit you perfectly, however, if you shrink wool sweaters so they fit. Ordinarily, you’d probably want to avoid shrinking sweaters, but it can be a useful tool if you find that they’re just not fitting the way you want them to. Let’s look at how to shrink wool sweaters.
Think about how much smaller you want to shrink your sweater. If you’ve bought a thrift store sweater only to realize that it’s simply too big, you might want to consider washing wool smaller. To do this, put your sweater on a warm wash with a suitable wool detergent.
However, washing wool smaller is usually something to do if the sweater you want to save is much bigger than you want it to be. If you just want to shrink wool sweaters a little, try spraying your wool sweater with water so it is lightly moist and then throw it in the dryer for five minutes. Keep checking on your sweater to see that it doesn’t shrink too much—but this method should help shrink your sweater little by little.
Please bear in mind that washing wool smaller is a bit of a risky business! You might end up shrinking the sweater too much or changing the texture of the wool. You can minimize these risks by acting carefully and by putting the sweater in a pillowcase to protect it. However, there is no guarantee that it will work—for that, the best thing to do is to take your sweater to a tailor who can advise you on how best to save your garment, but it’ll cost money and time to do this, too.